Don’t believe what you read on the internet

Duh.

I could probably end the blog post here, but I’ll go on.

And I’ll start by saying that my job before triathlon was in the world of digital advertising. In short, I put ads on the internet. It’s different from the intricate strategies that digital marketing agencies do, as they are focused on certain clients, which you can read more about over at epsilon.com. Getting you to click on an ad essentially earned me more money. So needless to say, I know *all* the tricks about targeting and cookies and yada yada. I get it. There are other forms of digital advertising that can be used, for example, display advertising in a digital format. Which you can read more about over at websites like snadisplays.com if that is what you are looking for.

And yet, yesterday, a package arrived at my door. Because three days ago was Amazon Prime day. I was doing a reallyyyyy good job resisting Prime Day. I didn’t really have anything I *needed* to buy, so I had a couple phone charging cords in my cart that I figured I’d go through with the purchase if I did discover that one other thing I needed. I was going to hold strong. Food, water, shelter – those are my needs. I have them all, so I was pretty certain I wouldn’t be partaking in Prime Day.

And then, I opened Facebook. I believe the title of the article that kept appearing in my feed was “9 Things Every Grown Ass Woman Needs from Amazon on Prime Day.”

I wish I was kidding.

And now, two days later, I own this:

Apparently, Himalayan Salt lamps improve indoor air quality, improve mood and reduce indoor allergens. Clearly, I needed this because I couldn’t think of anything worse than living in a place that had poor air quality.

Do you know how many dangers you could be susceptible to? It’s a lot, and whilst Himalayan Salt lamps have been known to work, I don’t think it would hurt to get in touch with somewhere similar to this mold air quality testing clearwater service to make sure that our indoor air quality is where it should be, as well as making sure that we can prevent mold spores and harmful gases before it’s too late. At least the internet is right about one thing…

This was my really long way to remind you that we’re in the thick of race season. If you’re tapering, you’re probably spending too much time on the internet. If you’re training a boatload, you’re probably still spending too much time on the internet because your legs are so tired you can’t move to go do anything. I get it. But, stop it.

Get out, go to a movie. Go eat out. Just sit outside and….relax.

Because the internet is full of crazy advice! I am, in fact, a grown ass woman and I definitely do not need a Himalayan Salt Lamp. And you don’t need to read whatever you’re reading right now* about the right way to do your training or how to taper. Just ask your coach. And if you don’t have one, maybe look into that.

And in the meantime, I’ll keep you posted on how the salt lamp works out. If you’re interested Check out these stunning lamps to see if a salt lamp is for you!

*Yes, I understand the irony of the fact that you’re reading my blog right now. I like to think one day this will be condensed and put into a memoir of short stories, so really you’re just reading literature right now in it’s pre-released state.

Published by Alyssa Godesky

Alyssa is a professional triathlete who has logged over 8,000 miles in competition of swimming, biking and running across five continents. She came to triathlon from an ultrarunning background and over the last few years has found success back on the trails: in 2018 she set the female supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) on Vermont's 273 mile Long Trail in 5 days, 2 hours and 37 minutes. In 2020 she set the women's supported FKT for climbing the 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks in 3 days, 16 hours and 16 minutes. She is a triathlon and running coach, and also enjoys spending time guiding hikers out on the trails. Alyssa is based in Charlottesville, VA with her dog Ramona.

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