Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday Film #19

I know, I disappeared again. I'm training 18-20 hours a week while literally doing the work of 1.5 people at my job. (Luckily, only through, well, about the time of Ironman. I'm going to have so much extra time all at once after the race that I won't know what the hell to do with myself.) Anyway, a couple of real goodies this week.

 Video #1: "I'm With Neil" - I have a total nerd-crush on Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

Video #2: Hitler rants about fixie hipsters - "The derailleur is the only thing the French ever got right. And for what?" KILLS me every time. Thanks to Steve in a Speedo for sharing this one.

Have a good weekend all! 9 days of training left for me before taper starts. Thank GOD.

Friday, June 08, 2012

Friday Film #18

Haven't done one of these in a while. I've been laughing my ass off over this one since one of the guys at work told me about it.


Back on Monday with a Race Report from my first tri of the season - HITS Oly Triathlon in the Catskills. (At IM pace as a run-through, so I'll be one of the last in. *G*)

Monday, June 04, 2012

Week In Review

I don't even know what week of IMLP it is at this point - I started back in January. Anyway, haven't done one of these reviews in ages so here we go:

Swim - All OWS this week. I'm a wuss in open water so am trying to get as much experience as possible. I spent over four hours in Mirror Lake out on the buoy line. It all went pretty well - not much to write home about there. I *DO* wish I could zip myself into my wetsuit though. I usually train alone so it's a pain finding someone to do it for me.

Bike Although I didn't do any cycling until Thursday, this week was all about the bike. Holy crap. I biked 11.5 hours from Thursday - Saturday, including doing my first century in a cold rain on the brutal IMLP course. And the other two rides? Hill repeats and an easy ride. On HILLS. I need it though - the bike is my weakness and IMLP is a tough, tough bike course.

Run Did a 15 miler this week for only the second time ever, matching my longest run. Otherwise pretty quiet on that front. Running is my comfort zone so aside from the weekly long run I take it pretty easy in that regard.

My total training time was a whopping 19.5 hours. CRAZY. Especially with a full-time job.

So now I'm in my last rest week. Next time I finish a build, it'll be taper time, which is a truly scary thought. Ironman is such a big, scary beast I feel like I need several more months to prepare! LOL!

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Shave and a Haircut

Thanks to this week's smashfest brick (Century ride followed by 4 mile run) being delayed until tomorrow thanks to "Oh My God Are You KIDDING Me?!?" winds, I have time to write up this post that I meant to do over a month ago. About 4 years ago I donated my waist-length hair to Locks of Love. And by "donated" I mean "cut above the ears." I've been growing it out since then - mainly because my hair grows so fast that I don't have time to head to the hairdresser's every month to keep it in any semblance of a style, but it was back to halfway down my back and I was literally tearing swimcaps trying to stuff it all in there. It was time for a change:
Pre-cut hair. Black hair-dye is from a supposedly "temporary" color for Halloween. I brought in this photo for my stylist to work with:
And after a few tweaks I had this:
I was left with an impressive amount of hair to donate, and this DOESN'T include the huge mass of hair around the chair that we couldn't save.
It actually weighed .6 lbs but changed when I took the pic. Made a nice little packet and mailed it off to Locks of Love:
It's been MUCH easier to train with the shorter hair, although as usual with my "grows like a weed" hair, it's already in my eyes again. Sigh.