I was in LA LA land yesterday and totally forgot about my Newbie Monday post!
As I said last week, each Monday my post will be driven to Newbie’s. Some tips and tricks that I have been learning along the way that I feel no one tells you unless you are very aggressive about it. So this weeks topic:
Ok, George actually suggested this topic because he felt so ridiculous for a while there. Let me put it this way….
triathletes/cyclists + underwear = NO
Get used to it…you shouldn’t wear underwear….I can’t tell you how long George and I did not understand this concept and were wearing underwear under our shorts. Basically, you shouldn’t be doing this. Your hinny needs to be in direct contact with the chamois of the shorts. You also want to reduce the amount of friction, the fewer amount of clothes you have down there the better. And the more lubrication, the better….(Chamois cream). No one wants to talk about it, but no one tells anyone….I don’t just go up to someone and say….”hey…you know you shouldn’t wear underwear with your cycling shorts” because admit it….that would be weird. Not to mention that we do a lot of sweating down there while riding. Cotton traps all the moisture while the chamois is made to let it release, therefore making it cleaner down there as well.
So are we clear on that? I don’t want to see any pantie lines out there!
And yes, you will have to wash your shorts after each ride, because that would just be nasty! That also means that you will need to own more than one pair of cycling shorts. Recently I have discovered a really good website for cycling clothing (especially for the ladies) www.backcountry.com they also have www.backcountryoutlet.com, I just bought a new jersey from there and I am looking forward to getting it very soon!
So I hope this helps….because of my comfort level of not wearing underwear when I ride, I now also don’t wear them when I run and wear my running shorts that have a liner. I am not sure if it is the same concept…but it seems to work 🙂