Thursday, July 1, 2010

Why Yes Your Honor, That IS Algae in my Hair

In an effort to increase my swim time in the open water (without decreasing my other workout time or family time) I'm hitting up the local beach at lunch once a week between now and Chisago for a little OWS. So today at 11:00 I showed up at the beach in my suit, did a superman like change, swam 600 yards, and then back to the suit, back to the office.

The positives? I know the open water swims are great for the tri training, and I always love getting a little extra workout in. And being in the sunshine and water in the middle of the day was a nice boost.

The negatives? I may smell a little like a lake. Although I'm 90% sure I smell more like Clinique Happy Heart than lake, so I'm okay. My legs feel a little bit gritty under my nylons. And my hair is dripping wet.

Final analysis? Totally worth it. For a long time, I've been the dirty, sweaty mom that picks my child up from daycare with the sweat rolling off my legs. Might as well add stinky algae hair in court to the list. Besides, if people don't like it, I have two canned responses: "If you don't want to see me, don't drink and drive." and "You think I smell bad? You should smell your stale cigarette stinky ass."

Have a great 4th of July weekend!

20 comments:

Sarah said...

I am so inspired by you...such dedication!! That is just awesome!

Katie A. said...

I'm so very impressed by you! That is hardcore to go in a lake, swim, then get back to work and finish the day!!!
And I LOVE this: "If you don't want to see me, don't drink and drive." and "You think I smell bad? You should smell your stale cigarette stinky ass." Just awesome.
Have a wonderful July 4th weekend girly girl!!!

LMC said...

You're funny! I should learn from you and do some of my running or cross training during lunch time. But, I always worry about my hair being wet, being stinky and sweating through my suit, cuz I sweat alot! Hope you have a great holiday weekend!

Julie said...

You are such a machine Heather! I hope that you have a fun weekend:)

P said...

I love it! Way to go doing OWS on your lunch break, you are officially my hero!

Deanna - The Unnatural Mother said...

Now that's what I'm talking about!

Beth said...

Very funny! I figure people would rather put up with me being stinky than in the grumpy mood I'm in when I miss my workout. I think your responses are much better. Have a great weekend!

MCM Mama said...

Love it!

DRog said...

Nice call on the mid day swim! Definite plus mixing in the different workouts. Its Tri month!

Diana said...

Nothing worse than stale, stinky cigarette smell. I get it all the time at work-and my patients have the nerve to say; "no, I don't smoke".
Yeah right...

Have a great holiday weekend!
I'm taking my bells to Door County!

Teamarcia said...

Hey algae has numerous health benefits so keep on keepin on! Have a great holiday weekend!

Jess said...

At least a lake stink is better than a sweat stink that you'd get from a midday run!

Ali said...

the new clinque scent for the summer happy with a hint of lake :)

wendy_kresha@charter.net said...

LMAO! Too funny, you go girl! Good for you for getting in your OWS. Happy 4th!

Jill said...

Wow, that's dedication!! I flip out just going to the pool cuz it's such a long process to dry my hair. Haha. I'm so impressed, keep it up, girl!! Have a great weekend!!

Sherri said...

LOL! I loved this post! I agree...a little algae is no big deal! I think it is amazing that your getting your Open water swim in!!!p

onelittletrigirl said...

IF I lived closer to the beach I would totally do that! I make the drive down 1-2 a summer just to swim, and do ows on my vacation to the shore, but all the lakes here are private and the closest beach is still an hour away. You are going to do great in your tri!!

Tish said...

What a fun post! I love that you can go get a swim during your lunch break. And I love your responses to imaginary defendants. LOL Go for it!

joyRuN said...

Very cool that you're able to get OWS in like that!

I get quite itchy after being in the salt water - I'd be stinky & scratching myself ;)

the dawn said...

stale cigarette! hilarious. LOVE the attitude and your commitment to improve. honestly, it's the open-waterness that scares me off the tri-world. good for you to fit it in your day!