Monday, July 13, 2009

Update Time

I'm back from the family reunion. We all had a wonderful time. Pictures and stories will follow at a later date.

A while back I mentioned that I was going in to get my hair done and I was not sure what to do with it. Well I went from this

To this

Pretty cool, right? I love it. Well I should say I loved it because . . .

While we were in Iowa, I decided to get a swim in for my tri training at the hotel pool. I was there with Bunny and didn't bring my swim cap or googles down. I thought it would be no big deal but my pretty red highlights are now a faded bronzy pink (and not in a good way). I had the red for a week. A week! Not happy. My hair dresser said they would fade and I might have to have them re-done with a more permanent dye sooner rather than later. I thought a few weeks not one. Which just shows you how strong chlorine is. So a word to the wise, if you're going to swim with brand new highlights, wear a swim cap.

So that was a low for the training but the rest went pretty well. I ran two miles with out stopping on the treadmill at the hotel. I was impressed with myself. Running on a treadmill is way different than running outside. I'm not sure I could have done it outside but two miles is two miles and that is cool.

I did a full bike workout on Saturday, the full 12 miles that I would do in the race. Then I went on the treadmill to see how it would feel to transition to the run. Um, not good at all. My legs felt like lead, my calves were tight. I had to stop and stretch a lot before I could really start running. I only ran for 10 minutes but it was enough to show me I had some serious work to do.

All in all I feel like I am progressing on the bike and the run but the swim has me worried. I can't swim more than 2 laps without stopping. And I've never even covered a 1/4 mile in my workouts let alone a 1/2 mile. So I've got some serious work to do in the next 11 weeks.


Suz said...

The new hair looks awesome! I love it.

I've always wanted to do something edgy with my hair but it's very curly and I don't want to end up looking like a fool/clown.

Christy said...

I'm sure she'll be able to fix your hair!

WAY TO GO RENEE!!! That is awesome. Two miles is two miles is two miles! Fabulous!

And just get a good swim cap so your hair doesn't fade again. 12 miles on the bike already? You're going to kick butt in that race. I wish I could be there to cheer you on!

Okay, I'm saying it too: can't wait to see you next week! Yahoo!

Michelle said...

I'm impressed with your progress. I sure couldn't do anything like that. Love the new look also.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Bummer about your hair... It was pretty rad. (I don't usually say rad - but it's fitting here)

Anonymous said...

LOVE the hair, HATE that it got faded on you. YUCK!

PS, you ROCK with the exercise!

Chris said...

Hi, I actually can help you with your swimming workouts. I was a college swimmer and was actually not too bad. I also swim at lunch sometimes. Shoot me an email if you want some help on that. Otherwise, good luck! Training for something like that is tough! And.... I hate running unless it involves a ball or wild animals chasing me.

Kate said...

I like the new hair. Sounds like you are really doing well with the biking!

Kari said...

Love the hair!