(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 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.
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
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.
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