You Might Be Serious About Your Training IF…….

Some people call me motivated, others call me crazy.  It really doesn’t matter as long as I am focused and moving toward my goals.  I’d like to think that I am Making It Happen for me, not just out there day in and day out being “crazy”.  In my quest to Make It Happen, I recently just got back to swimming HERE and onto the bike HERE in prep for my 2012 TRI season. One thing that I have realized over the last month, jumping back into TRI mode, is that I didn’t have all this damn hair the last time I had a SERIOUS TRI season.  When I’m in transition, I don’t have an infinite amount of time to try to jam this mop under a bike helmet.  Ponytails & bike helmets don’t mesh well.  And I’ll just skip the details on trying to get a bunch of hair under a swim cap.  OUCH!

So I pulled a pic of me in TRI season…..

Yep, it’s a slightly younger version of me and my baby girl, Aby (now 10) but obviously there wasn’t any trouble shoving that hair under a bike helmet.  So the plan was to chop off my hair as soon as I could manage getting into a stylist amongst the family, training & Aby’s track schedule.  I understand that I look more attractive with long hair that I can actually style but let’s be realistic, I have a two-year old and it’s been since Christmas a while since I styled my hair.  Yes, it has actually occurred to me that you “might” be crazy serious about your TRI training IF you chop off all your hair to be faster in transition.  Then vs Now:

Thank goodness I have lots of PunkeeLove Headbands now to use in my hair for fun & “styling”!  If you need a few stylish, kick ass headbands, don’t forget to use the one time per customer code:  tootall20 for an extra 20% off!

So now that I cut my hair, I thought it would be fun to do a You Might Be Serious About Your Training IF segment.  I’ll start and then I’d love for you to add to this in the comments below!

You Might Be Serious About Your Training IF

  • You cut your hair to better fit under your bike helmet & swim cap.
  • You own a bike that cost more than some people’s car.
  • You carry your workout clothes in your car “just in case”.
  • You know exactly how many miles you have run this year and how that works into your 2012 goal.
  • You plan “A” races and “B” races (AKA – Practice Races).
  • You spend more $$ on training/workout clothes than you do on your work wardrobe.
  • You don’t mind having black toenails, you can cover them with dark polish, right?
  • You schedule your life around training runs, bike rides and swim workouts.
  • You get up before your children the sun on the weekends to get in some training before “life” gets in the way.
  • You gave up high heels in favor of running shoes to tame the plantar fasciitis.
  • You have dropped all most friends who don’t workout or run.
  • Your social life revolves around your running/TRI friends….. if you have enough energy for a social life.
  • You make beg your mother go on running vacations since your hubby refuses.
  • You adopt/buy a dog based upon whether they will be a good running partner.
  • You consider your GPS watch one of your most “precious” possessions.
  • You start a blog to talk to strangers about running to keep your hubby from being bored from all the “gory” details that you just need to share with “someone”.

How about you, can you add to this list?  Please keep this going in the comments below!

Happy Training,                                                                                                                Amanda – TooTallFritz

19 thoughts on “You Might Be Serious About Your Training IF…….

  1. Oh my word, LOVE your list.
    How about …
    – You have more running shoes than regular shoes.
    – You have your long run shoes, race shoes, regular run shoes.
    – If you are in a meeting that is going on forever and it means cutting into your training time, you nervously watch the time or just lie and say you have to leave for a dr. appointment or because daycare is closing.

  2. Love the list and new hair cut too

    -you go to bed early on the weekend because you have a long run the next morning.

  3. OK, obviously I can’t relate too much to this post, but I find it very amusing. I can relate to the hair thing. Before I left for Basic Training, I had all my hair cut off. Like REALLY short. (Remember the chick from “Northern Exposure”? Yeah, like that.) My hair was actually in regulations for a guy at one point. I didn’t want to get yelled at over uncontrolled hair!

    I would add to the list: “If your running shoes cost more than the ones you bought for your wedding” (in my case, they could easily cost more than the DRESS!)

  4. All of the people I eat lunch with at work have marginal interest in running/tri, yet know all about training, nutrition, etc., because it’s on my mind all the time. Plus, they want to know what weird health food I’m eating today.

    I haven’t lost my toenails … yet. It’s OK, I think feet are gross to begin with. I don’t think I’ll miss them.

  5. I’m seriously considering selling all of my fabulous high heels on ebay, because I haven’t worn any of them in months. I keep trying them on and realize my leg muscles just can’t take them anymore, and wear flats instead.

  6. Nice post and pics TTF! You are definitely committed to not only your training, but your family and running club too! I guess you can add to your list, “If you shave your head or get a crew-cut” – especially more for women!

  7. You mean not everyone keeps extra clothes in their car for emergency workouts? 🙂 In the summer I also keep a rain shower in my car too—it’s a camping shower and awesome for workouts and post-race dirt! Elizabeth

  8. Love your list, I am a newbie but have checked off some. My first half marathon is in a few days…ahhh…so many emotions at the moment. The side of my foot (inner) swelled up this week. How do you know if it is tendonitis, bone related or plantar fascitis? And since you sound like you are an expert athlete…do you keep running with these issues with your foot wrapped or not? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • First, congrats on making it thru training for your first half! That takes a lot of committment and guts to even sign up. Yay! Second, I’m not an expert, just have a big mouth & like to talk. 🙂

      Swelling more so than pain really bothers me. If its a new issue, defer to RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevate) & use motrin. If the issue persists or worsens, you need to see a doc. Trust me when I say, it will only get worse & won’t go away by ignoring the problem and YES, it is a “problem”.

      Good luck & keep me posted on your progress (injury & race!).

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