...okay, the ladies and all the well shaved and perfectly coiffed metro-sexual guys out there...I have a problem.
And it's vain, so vain.
And, yes, Carly, I do know this song is about me.
So, anyway. It's about my nails.
[Okay, I just officially lost about half my readership. If I weren't so desperate, I would spare y'all. But it's baadd.]
Ever since I started training seriously (a little over two months ago) my nail health has deteriorated as rapidly as Britney's sanity. And they, just like dear old Brit, need some rehab.
The issue? They're all dried out. They're soft. And, now they're splitting. Why do I bring this up on a TRIATHLON blog? Two reasons:
(1) This is my blog and I'll blog about dumb stuff until the cows come home and then blog about the cows if I want to; and,
(2) I think it's the training.
Here are the two options I can see (oh, apparently I'm all into lists today...fun):
(1) I'm deficient in some amount of nutrients that normally support proper nail growth, or
(2) The chlorinated water is slowly killing me and it's started the process by attacking my nails.
Before I got into all this lovely Iron training and all, I was a very well put together individual. I had my nails done every other week and my clothes were generally appropriate and always fresh smelling. Since then, race entry fees have replaced my manicurist budget and, well, let's just say the race to keep up with the laundry is still being battled out.
Frankly, I'm starting to look a-mess. And that's no good.
So, am I just naturally falling apart at the seams, or have other people experienced this? Did you find a good solution? Will I be forced to cut off my hands to spite my training?
[ps -- for those who may ask, I get tons of green vegetables -- tons. and i take one basic multivitamin every evening. i moisturize with cetaphil cream for everything, but i do have a history of eczema. my hair and skin have been fine, but i do moisturize more than when i'm not training.]