Friday, May 05, 2006

Stop the chafing!


This last week I have been ramping up my efforts. As much fun as this has been (and I mean it, I have really enjoyed it), this has led to all kinds of chafing.

Last year I did a half marathon one Sunday which went so well that I decided I would go ahead and do one the following Sunday. However I debated awhile due to the horrible chafing I had from my sports bra. One smart friend of mine introduced me to the wonderful product known as Body Glide. This stuff kicked butt. However like a dummy, I never think to put it on until I am already chafed!

So my chafing started on Sunday which I think was do my sweaty bike shorts during the run that followed the bike. I will just say I was quite uncomfortable.

Monday, I had the afternoon free and wanted to get in a long training session. Although I planned to bike, I had no intention of wearing bike shorts. I figured my butt could handle any pain more than I could handle further chafing. So I just wore some under armor shorts which worked out better yet I still had chafing in another area. Thankfully it was not that bad. What was bad was the chafing under my arm where my Ipod strap rubbed me a good one. What gives? I know I sweat a lot but this is getting ridiculous.

So tomorrow I am doing another duathlon "race" with the Cleveland Tri Club. If there is enough people the Club plans to run a long course and short course and I will attempt the long, which is 4 Mile Run, 26.2 Mile Bike, 4 Mile Run. As I have been somewhat concerned about potential chafing, I went out and bought a pair of tri shorts today! Woohoo! I am hoping the padding on these may not give me the trouble the thick padding did and give me a little padding at the same time! And just to be on the safe side, I am going to also apply some body glide in trouble spots...so hopefully I don't have any! So maybe between the new shorts and body glide I will be OK...maybe????

I hear some people don't wear underwear with bike shorts...what is the general consensus on this from more experienced folk? What about tri shorts?

I compete in the Hermes Road Race Series here in Northeast Ohio in which they take points accumulated from your best 7 of 15 designated races. One of them is Sunday, just a 5K. I debated a bit about whether or not to do the du on Saturday as it may tire my legs out too much to do well on Sunday. However, I figure if I skip Sunday's race, it is not a big deal and Saturday's du would probably be much more beneficial. So we'll play that one by ear depending on how I feel.

9 comments:

Kim said...

Ouch Daisy. Thank God I have never been a chafer! I would never wear undies under my trishorts...mine have a little something something already in there to protect her.

Kim said...

p.s. GOOD LUCK TOMORROW!! kick some major ass! (and then celebrate!)

TriSaraTops said...

No undies--commando all the way! hee hee Undies actually make chafing worse. God Bless BodyGlide--it is my friend!!! Have fun at the Du tomorrow!

Joseph Vinciquerra said...

Here's some advice for ya: never, ever, dever, snever wear underwear under bike/tri/tight shorts! A lot of folks think that the chamois is there simply for "padding" - but really it's there to "wick" also, which is the culprit in chafing if not addressed.

So, yeah, I know it's kinda wierd, but no undies. And here's another hint: Vasoline is just as good as body glide, but much cheaper when being applied liberally in bike shorts area.

Have fun!

Mojo said...

No panties here, NEVER on the bike.

I think the tri-shorts will help too. I think bike shorts can be too bulky. I'll be hoping for a chaf-free crotch for you! Hope you had a great race :)

qcmier said...

Ahh yes...go au natural...

Great job on the long course DU!!! Can't wait to read about it from you.

E-Speed said...

No underwear with tri shorts. Bike shorts I've done both and never had trouble either way.

Lana said...

No undewear for me...they just get in the way and cause a pantyline to show up..I ditched them after a couple rides last year and have never looked back.

And I second your affirmation on the Body Glide...I never let myself get too low on it.

Curly Su said...

NO UNDERWEAR FOR BIKE SHORTS OR TRI SHORTS!!!! it'll make it a million times better, i promise!