Man, my butt hurts! Sometimes, this can be a good thing, like if you’ve done a massive amount of squats or lunges, and you’re feeling that oh-so-desirable burn. You know, the one that tells you that you’re tonin’ that tush. This is a different kind of hurt–the kind that comes from biking longish distances without the proper apparel. All I can say is this: if you haven’t experienced this pain, don’t. I even have a fair amount of natural padding down there, but it’s not enough to get me through a 17.65-mile bike ride. Oof.
Yesterday, I went down to Paragon Sports in the hopes of finding at least one pair of shorts that would help get me through these bike rides. I stopped off first in the running apparel section, where I noticed they had Danskin triathlon stuff. The prices on their bike triathlon shorts were reasonable, so I picked up two pairs and tried them on. The first pair seemed inadequately padded. Now, it’s not as though I hopped on a bike and pedaled a while to figure this out, it just felt that way. The material also felt strange. Overall, the shorts felt a little bit loose, although I don’t think I should have gone one size down. The compression material didn’t feel like it was compressing much of anything. I have running shorts that are tighter than this, and that feel better. Except in the bum, of course. I thought maybe it was just the shorts, so I tried on the second pair, which were more expensive (and therefore, I figured, of a higher quality). This is where things got to be a bit Goldilocks-esque. Where the first pair seemed barely padded, these shorts felt like someone had sown a thick pillow into the crotch. Sorry for the graphic image, but I just feel like that’s the most accurate description I can give. In the back, the padding sort of stuck out beyond my body. I’m not sure how to describe it–kind of like I was trying to concel something. Like a small tail. The material of these shorts was similar to that of the other pair, which made me feel like there was a huge disequilibrium between the padding and the barely-there (in a bad way) feeling I had on the rest of my lower-half. In the end, I put both pairs back on their hangers and headed up to the cycling section of the store. Here, I was overwhelmed by both the selection and the prices. Hello, sticker shock! Needless to say, I left the store empty-handed, which is why I am writing today while sitting on a sore bum.
I think maybe the main problem here is that I’m not entirely sure what I’m looking for in a pair of shorts. I would like thicker material, but maybe the thickness of the ones I tried on was standard? And maybe there’s a difference in material for bike shorts and triathlon shorts? The shorts I tried on both seemed to be usable for the swim portion of the tri, so maybe that’s why I felt a bit naked? I’m not sure. As far as the padding goes, though, I’m pretty sure it’s not supposed to stick out like that, and although my observations here are far from scientific, it doesn’t look like it does on the model on the Danskin website.
Any bikers or triathletes out there who care to advise? I feel a little lost. Ultimately, I guess the search continues. Hopefully by the next ride I will either have a new pair of shorts or a healed backside!