Thursday, April 22, 2010

Pleather

This post is not for the faint of heart.  If you are easily disgusted or offended…well, you probably wouldn’t be here in the first place.  Presumably, men get this too, just different.

I awoke to this fire-y itching.  I just think, dry skin.  And then I was itching like a monkey, what the hell?!  I haven’t changed soap or riding shorts.  By the time morning came, I had to investigate.  Mirror in hand, I knew what it was when I saw it…PLEATHER.  Crap, I’m smart enough to know how to combat such an unsightly and irritating ‘deal’ on my whooha.  A little Body Glide never hurt anybody.  Instead, I have been riding in road or tri shorts – whatever is clean, sans lube.  Friction has caused micro sized wounds that have scabbed = itching and unsightly PLEATHER.  Yep, think old handbag or 80 yo lady who has enjoyed many summers in Boca.  Anyway, when will I learn?  Certainly, I won’t be talking about this next year, in the thick of training again!  Geeze.

Next up, 3State3Mountain 100 miler in Chattanooga next weekend.  This week is a recovery week – at 6000 swim, 80 bike, 25 run.  Recovery my ASS!  Country Music Marathon is THIS weekend but I will only be participating as a spectator….in the ‘thunderstorms and possible tornadoes.’  Swear to gawd I heard that on that there TV this morning.  Let’s hope those forecasters are wrong like they usually are.  That’s just not good times for anyone.

21 comments:

Kim said...

Um hm. Don't even think about putting a razor to that area right now if you ever want to use your wooha for child-making purposes ever again. Had that last year; you think, ok feels ok without lube at the time. Bad news after. Use some neosporin or bacetracin... worked for me and now I can enjoy masturbation, errr, I mean, normal life, once again!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

No matter how much care I take, I still get the male version occasionally.

I was out riding with the city's bike club last night and saw someone in a 3State3Mountain jersey.

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

sad to say, but i don't even think about it anymore. it's just there and only gets a little better in the winter with less mileage. a right of passage i suppose. bag balm helps...when i remember it. My cooder bone and wah-hoo are ready to be in the saddle for 5-6 hours for 3S3M...i'm getting excited!! Better not freakin rain either! The security word today for posting this comment - rumps (coincidental?)

Beth said...

I'm guessing you're walking a little like John Wayne these days? Good times. Hope that clears up real fast.

What the hell kind of recovery week is THAT??? OMG. Worn out just thinking about it!

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

"May the wind always be at your back" could take on new meaning this weekend at the marathon. We might see a sub 2 hour????

Julie said...

Oh no --- the pleather is back! Knock on wood, I've never had this experience, and I sure as heck hope to never join the plether ranks....UGH!

Bill said...

Funny how we always forget to apply lube, sun screen and such early in the season. It's like we erase the hard drive in our brains and have to relearn all of our old lessons again at the beginning of each season.

kristen said...

So If I keep this sport up, that's what I have to look forward too?! Fantastic.

I've been lubing up for years every time I go for a run (and now bike) so it's like second nature to me. I guess when your logging that many miles - no amount of lube can totally save you.

Blackdog said...

I never lubed up shorts in the years when I was in College and raced. We were doing huge mileage and I never had a problem. Think taint of steel. Well I turn 40 and guess what. If I do not lube up my chamois to the point that my bike seat shines then I pay the price. Pleather sounds luxurious compared to what I get.

Molly said...

Oh. I got that when I first switched to my Adamo saddle - my body had to adjust to friction on a whole new area. My husband was not a fan - I was like, "honey, want to see the scabs I got on my...?" and he'd run away screaming. Feel better soon!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Ouch! Sorry about that! Hopefully it will clear up soon!

Al's CL Reviews said...

I have that on my boob right now next to a blister. GAH!

I hope the weather holds in Nashville and Louisville this weekend.

GL on that "recovery" week!

Diana said...

As long as none of those "scabs" do any "jumping"........it's all good!!!

Seeing as how I'm in the medical field, I felt a little "shorted" on the descriptiveness of your "pleather!" I guess I'm used to some real sick shit! (lol) We medical people do have sick minds....

Best of luck with them races coming up!

Keith said...

Nobody has asked for any photos. I'm actually a bit surprised.

Jo Lynn said...

You must be careful and take care of that whooha my dear. It's the only one you've got! ;)

TRI-james said...

I guess pleather sounds better than naugahyde.

MCM Mama said...

Eww!

Have fun spectating!

Judi said...

go read my blog about my boil that won't pop. it's sick. i love that we can just talk about these things. :)

Maryland Girl aka Michelle said...

UGH! I think we have all suffered a little bit of something when it comes to these things. Lube Lube Lube!

KK said...

To think I saw this post title and thought it would be about pants. You never disappoint.

That's some serious mileage-keep up the good training!

ShirleyPerly said...

OH NO!!! I remember the last post with the same title :-(

Well, at least I'm glad to hear you've got the bike situation squared away (sorry, just catching up with you). Hope the 3-state 3-mtn ride goes well!!

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