Just wondering how many of you guys shave your legs for the big tri?
And if you do, is there any particular reason?
Do you think it makes you faster, or at least feel faster? Does it make you look more tri-like? Does it feel good? Does it impress the woman in your life?
Well, you get the picture.
The world wants to know.
I shave, but it is not for speed, looks or for the ladies (although I do look damn good with shaved legs). I shave my legs in case I crash and I need to clean and dress the wound quickly and effectively. I also don't have to deal with pulling off all my leg hair when I change the dressing.
I shave legs, arms, chest, etc.. usually throughout the season and once or twice in the winter.. I guess there are multiple reasons why.. looks, comfort, ive been told you swim smoother with it from people that are swimmers, not sure if it is true and i really dont care.. i just do it because its part of the culture, hope that helps
I don't shave but likely will for IMTX since I won't be wearing a wetsuit. As an ex-swimmer I used to do this twice a year (not the armpits though). It was all part of the taper and psych up process.
Somewhere along the line my receding hairline moved to my lower legs. Even though I don't shave them, people think I do.
I'm a scuba instructor as well and no one I teach with shaves. They all think I am crazy that I shave...but that's not the only reason they think I am crazy.
Although I do shave, but that is for triathlon reasons all posted above.
Hey Rachel, thanks for your input. That actually makes a lot of sense when you are making a living at wearing a wetsuit and constantly being in the water.
When I did my first Ironman in 1984 in Kona we didn't know anything about anything. We learned everything on the fly.
It was a day of new experiences for me. It was the first time I ever biked over 50K at one time. It was my first triathlon of any type. It was the first bike road bike I ever had and it was a $300 piece of crap by today's standards. We had no aero-bars or clip-less pedals and no titanium and I didn't even have a spare tire because I blew a tire on the wharf before the gun even went off.
But most of all it was my first open water swim as I had to learn how to swim the 9 months prior so I could go to Kona.
Well, it was pretty cool because I went with a group of 10 people from Calgary. 7 guys, 3 women, which was pretty remarkable from one city because that year there were only 61 Canadians in the race.
One of the guys was Chip. He was the biggest guy in Kona that year at well over 200 lbs., but he was also a competitive swimmer at one time.
The day before the race when we were all sitting around the pool he said "c'mon, we're going to get shaved." Of course we had no idea what the Hell he was talking about.
He said he had booked a hair salon in Kona for when they closed.
So six of us guys went to get shaved. Tony the Italian guy said. There is no GDW anyone is touching these arms and this chest with a shaver!" You had to be there. It was so freaking funny. For Tony it was an Italian macho thing. He had this thick black hair all over.
So we go to the salon with three bottles of wine and there are these three gorgeous Hawaiian women with shavers in their hands and glints in their eyes. I have some great pictures of that whole episode. It was just hilarious.
So they shaved our legs and arms and chests and then Chip said "now go back to your rooms and shave again with a razor and make it perfectly smooth."
So that's what I did, and the morning of the race when the cannon went off and I hit the water it was the most remarkable feeling I had ever had in the water. Even though it was my first open water swim and I had a swimming stroke from Hell, I think Chip saved my Ironman that day. I was so nervous about the swim, but somehow I felt more at home in the water and although it took me 1:42, I survived the swim and went on to become an Ironman that day.
So I thought I would share that story about my very first experience with shaving for an Ironman.
And by the way, Chip went on to create Lulu Lemon and become a gazillionaire and hey Rachel! I bet you have something in your closet with that sqiggly little Lulu symbol on it.
I see it everywhere I go in the world and it's great because it reminds me of that whole amazing Ironman experience so long ago.
I shave for the same reasons that Aaron mentions plus I hate the feeling of hair being pulled by various friction points.
I will also admit that shaved legs provide me with a perception of going faster, even if it is not real, the positive feedback in motivating.
Seriously, shaving your legs and arms and chest is not be taken lightly if your swim is non-wetsuit. It really does give the perception of speed in the water, and if you're like I was and struggle through Ironman swims, any edge should be welcomed.
I really do believe that shaving your legs for any triathlon or even bike training for any triathlon is not a bad idea.
Over the years I had at least 3 big crashes during bike training from potholes etc. One even shattered my helmet right through and broke my collar-bone effectively ending my Ironman for that year.
On the bright side, my legs were shaved and the road rash was easy to clean and healed amazingly fast.