2.03.2010

Pearl Izumi donating 20% of sales to Red Cross

To benefit Haiti--effective through 2/4.

I happened to notice this as I was researching cycling shorts. I have had a heck of a time finding a chamois that doesn't sit a good inch too far back on my crotch/rear...yeah, I have a weird butt. I am very sway-backed and am suspicious that this is the problem. As a result my sit bones usually end up on the front edge of the chamois, instead of on the padded butt area. The chamois protects my tailbone...um, not supposed to work that way. I've also had issues with other seams lining up even with the edge of my saddle and that spot where my butt and back of my thigh meet. Doesn't take long before I start developing a hot spot. So I need to find a better short BEFORE my rides are over 90 minutes (I'm already AT that time and it takes a ton of chamois butter on seams to help minimize things).

Of all of the shorts I have tried, the PI Sugar short probably has the best fitting chamois, but it is very thick and poofy. It's sort of an entry-level short for spinning and feels like a diaper. I'll be hitting 2 hours for my long ride in just a few weeks, so it's time to get this shorts thing figured out now...not after I develop a saddle sore.

The shorts that fit the bill best (at least on paper) are the Women's Symphony Cut Short. I like the 6" inseam (any shorter is too short, any longer feels like knee pants on my stubby legs). I also LOVE that they have a small pocket on the back. Even though most cycling tops have pockets, one of my favorite running tops does not and I foresee that sometimes I will want to wear one of those for a ride, but still want a spot to stash a key.

It's difficult to see from the photo, but there is also a meshy area on the outer sides of the lower leg. That looks like it could add a bit of cooling effect, which will be nice in the Summer.

Today I ran 4 miles, then did 10 on the nowhere bike. These nowhere bike rides are getting easier and easier. It's really reassuring as I prepare to begin training for my first duathlon in just a few days.

Oh, and my abs are not nearly as sore as I thought they would be from yesterday's Cathe workout. I was really surprised this AM that I was able to walk upright. Perhaps I will try the next workout--with stability ball--the day after tomorrow.

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