I did it, and I'm now a member of the dark side... I finally bought an aero helmet. Admittedly, I've made fun of the goofy-looking lids many a time. I never wanted one because I thought they looked stupid. Then I realized how stupid it was to take care of everything except one little vain detail. I train properly, work hard, rest hard, have a super-hot bike (which incidentally is officially mine since Jason ordered a new Shiv), race wheels, etc. etc... So kind of stupid that I don't want an aero helmet based on how they look. For Ironman Arizona no less, a course where I'll be in the aero position for pretty much 99% of the course. Umm... so I got over myself and realized I should get one.
I tried a bunch on and chose one that was really light and didn't squish my ears like most of them did. Plus it helped a lot that I found one with flowers - say no more. I still feel like a character out of the movie Spaceballs when I look at it head on. Luckily I don't look at myself head-on when I'm racing, so I imagine I'll promptly forget about it once I slap that lid on my head and jump on my bike. Plus, did I mention it has flowers?