From the more than you really need to know dept.:
When I got home last night I was a little concerned that my right sit bone was still as sore as it was, given that I was otherwise feeling pretty good after Saturday’s ride. I started poking about and came up with a piece of skin. After some contortions with a mirror, I discovered that I must have developed a blister about the size of a quarter and then chafed it open.
All I have to say on this matter is that putting a bandage on your butt is not as easy as it sounds. First there is the mirror thing in one hand and the bandage in the other. Then there is the whole bending over thing and the fact that one’s butt shape changes significantly going from bent over to standing up to sitting down. Whatever skin was left on this blister felt like it was completely pulled off by the tape. Plus I need to ask if pro cyclists shave more than just their legs?
Not to worry, though…. I did not take any pictures.
I’ll have to check the shorts that I use (two pair of Liquigels) to see if there is a seam or something like that; but I am guessing that the distance and heat were the prevailing factors.
I do remember reading about chamois creme or something like that by Assos, but I need to do a search on it to see if it might be worthwhile.
Speaking of worthwhile, and changing the subject, I ran across this testimonial on Hammer Gel supplements/food for long rides. I noticed that I didn’t really have a strong appetite afterwards. In fact, I had trouble eating some bread. Also my urine was still pretty dark even after consuming well over a gallon of water during the ride, and about two hours later my digestive system more or less cut loose and I had to camp out in the bathroom for awhile. I’m thinking that maybe focusing on stuff that is easier to digest might be the ticket for longer rides. It’s all a learning process of trial and error.