Top 5 Reasons Triathletes Shave Their Legs

(Editors note: I AM wearing pants in the above picture) I shave my legs. A lot of my other male triathlete friends do as well. Does it make us faster? Probably not. Then why do we do it? Here’s the rundown on why male triathletes often shave their legs.

The Before and After

The Before and After

The Top 5 Reasons Why Male Triathletes Shave Their Legs

#5. Crashing: The more mileage you put on your bike, the higher the odds of you crashing.  So, the shaved legs, I am told, helps the healing process – no hair to contribute to infection and Band-Aids peel off much easier (TriNewbies)

#4. Massages: Massages are a great recovery tool and let’s just say no massage therapist loves dealing with wooly mammoths. It is much easier to get a massage with shaved, smooth legs.

#3. Aerodynamics: Shaving your legs can help reduce friction on the bike or in the water. The caveat to that is while in the water most triathletes wear wetsuits anyways. The time saved by shaving your legs for a triathlon is very minimal. It is often more the psychological effect than an actual measurable effect.

#2. Convenience: The constant putting on and taking off of wetsuits, recovery tights, calf-guards and other triathlon gear can take a toll on your leg hair. It is much more convenient and easy to shave your legs.  Also, temperature comes into play. Some triathletes say they feel cooler with shaved legs.

#1. Culture: – To fit in. Most people won’t admit to it, but that’s the main reason triathletes shave their legs.  It has become a part of the sport. It’s sexy (just look at my pictures). People want to look good and fit in.

Those are my thoughts on the top reasons why male triathletes shave their legs? What is your top 5? Why do you do it/don’t it?

My training:  Week 8 of training was pretty low key. It was the 2nd recovery week so far, so there was only about 10 hours of workouts. This left more time for me to become addicted to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I’ve always been a fan of them, but I think that the consistent training and strain on my body has pushed me into addiction.


This could be me in a few weeks if I don’t stop

It so happens that now, around Easter, they have the Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs, which are even tastier than the originals. Over the past week I have bought 1 pkg Reese’s Eggs, 2 Reese’s Fastbreak candy bars, 1  6pk Reese’s peanut butter cups and 2 individual Reese’s eggs (yeah I know its a problem). Does anyone have any advice to ween me off of these delicious snacks?

Week totals:  11.5 hours

  • Swimming: 2.5 hours
  • Biking: 5.75 hours
  • Running: 2 hours
  • Core/Lifting: 1.25 hours

Week 8 – Recovery Week

Tuesday: 1.5 hour spin. 45 min run + Core

Wednesday: 1.5 hour spin, focus on form. 45 minute swim (drill focus) + Lift

Thursday: 1.25 hour spin + Core

Friday: 45 minute run. 45 minute swim

Saturday: 1.5 hour spin. Watched Bowfinger on TV + Core

Sunday: 1 hour group swim at MATC (~2400 yds). 45 hour run on the Ironman WI course.

Driving with the window down in Feb!

Driving with the window down in Feb!

Favorite workout of the week: Sunday’s run. It was about 40 degrees out (felt like 60) and I did about 6.5 miles on the Ironman course

Least favorite workout of the week: My swims felt slow and hard this week. Arms were sore

Advice of the week: If it is important enough to you, you will find a way. If it is not, you will find an excuse

Thing I’m looking forward to next week: Another week closer to warmer weather

6 responses to “Top 5 Reasons Triathletes Shave Their Legs

  1. As a female, I think there is nothing sexier than a guy who shaves his legs, especially a triathlete with well formed calves! 🙂 – Simone

  2. Loved the post. I can’t speak to crashing with shaved legs but massages with shaved legs are the bomb. I actually just lost the leg hair a few days ago too. I would put this out there that the #1 reason triathletes shave their legs is to show the world they’re a badass (goes with culture too) haha!

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