I've been working through Achilles tendonitis for about two weeks now. A minor case, I think, but enough to cause my Dirtbag Injury Hypochondria to kick into 3rd gear. DIH- Third Gear, for those of you wondering, means high enough to fret and take a few days off, but not high enough to send me into a death spiral of self-doubt and frustration, cursing myself and the god Injurious until I feel better.
Sister Dirtbag, Official Trainer of Team Dirtbag, is very familiar with these gears and leapt to the rescue with the first text. She put in the mail a roll of Rock Tape and some Rock Sauce and emailed a link so that Super Awesome Wife could tape me up correctly. I also got a text that basically read, "The tape will stick better if you're not a Sasquatch." Good to know.
Which meant Wednesday night found me in the shower with electric trimmers trying to figure out how far above my knees my bike shorts stop. At the risk of TMI, there is no natural stopping place when it comes to shaving my legs. I either have to pick a spot or stop when I hit waist. No other options are available. So I trimmed to about an inch above my knees, which will work unless I'm wearing my shorter swim trunks or really short running shorts, in which case there will be an interesting 1.5 inch strip of fur showing.
Dirtbag Pro Tip: When shaving with electric trimmer, be sure the trimmers are completely charged before starting.
|Damnit. Honey, where's the charger?|
|Jon Stewart is impressed with my legs|
Super Awesome Wife consulted the RT website and played trainer, taping me up. First she had to wipe off my feet, since I'm barefoot 100% of the time I'm at home and the foots collect the dirts. Tape doesn't stick well to the dirts. As far as any of you know, this did not tickle and I did not squirm like a small child. Then she taped, and I think she did a good job.
|Why pink, you ask? Sister Dirtbag claims she was going to get the black with skulls, but they were all out so my brother-in-law got to pick the color instead. Thanks, bro.|
|Rocked and ready to run. In pink.|
I also received a new product in the mail which I ordered, my INKnBURN 4arms. Arm sleeves seem like a stupid idea at first blush, but they begin to make sense as the weather turns. You can wear them until you warm up, and then they are really easy to take off and store around your person. I'm going to use them on early morning rides too. And once I get used to wearing something on my arms they will probably work just as well in the sun to keep my delicate Dirtbag guns from burning. Its just that right now I train wearing as little as possible so having compressing sleeves on felts strange. I'll get used to it.
Iced and rolled when I got home, felt pretty good. Wish the stupid rain would knock it off.