1. So, I let the taper crazies get the best of me just a little. It was one of my September goals to actually pay someone to cut and color my hair for the first time possibly since I got married (2010). I made an appointment for last night and took a couple of just-pulled-out-the-hairtie before shots...
A shot after the first chop but before the color to text around in fear.
But even I was a little startled by the after (please ignore the huge bags under my eyes, it was after 10pm by the time I got home).
It was one of those "oh, a little shorter is okay...sure, a little shorter...as long as it can fit in a ponytail...whoops..." situations.
And I have no idea how to deal with it in triathlon. This morning I was able to squeeze into two pipsqueak pigtails and with a few bobby pins and a visor, manage a run, but that's a lot of time to waste in T2. If I do that before the swim, it's definitely not going to stay put until I get off the bike.
Taper crazies ahoy. At least I didn't bring home another puppy or make a baby or give up carbs for two weeks.
2. Speaking of that run, I did a handful of race pace intervals, and, as usual, they felt terrifyingly hard. Earlier in the week I picked up an extremely cranky knee, but a day off of it seems to have calmed it down. Yesterday, for whatever bizarre reason, the toes of my right foot were absolutely aching, but the only thing that I noticed on my run this morning was a slightly crabby IT band, which went away after a few minutes. But the race pace intervals. If it feels like work to run at this pace for 3x3 minutes, how am I going to do it for almost 2 hours? I know the answer but the taper ghouls are ripping the science from my brain. Reassurance is welcome.
3. One thing that might help the situation is this:
Yeah. I don't even know what to do with that. High of 69º? Should I bring a parka to wear on the bike? Change into full-length tights in T2? I might freeze to death. I left before 8am to run this morning and it was 84º with a dew point of 74º. How do I run when I don't have to wipe the sweat off my teeth?
Happy Thursday, friends. Tell me, what's the craziest thing you've done during taper?