Friday, May 25, 2012

What Not to Wear: Episode 5

In all seriousness, I would LOVE to not have to write these "what not to wear" posts.  I would much prefer that all of my gear just perform the way it was intended.  But the whole point of my blog (IMO) is to share the great, the good, the bad and the ugly.

During my sweaty 16 the other night, I had a tri top malfunction.  Our Team in Training tri suits came in and I've worn the shorts before and they are ok.  Not that great but mostly because of the fit.  They are unisex...which in my opinion means they are designed for a dude.  And if you didn't know, dude parts aren't the same as dudette parts.  The chamois in the tri shorts doesn't seem to match up to my parts.  I'll leave it at that.  They are tolerable for a sprint distance tri but I don't think I'd wear them for a longer ride.  Since I'm training for a sprint tri though, they will work.

The tri top is sleeveless and this was my first chance to wear it due to the weather.  Again, it's made to fit a dude.  Dudes don't typically have "girls."  Especially not fit, triathlete-type dudes.  So anyways, the top fits weird in the chest but for me, the biggest issue is the bottom of the top (say what?).  It's meant for a dude who doesn't have hips.  It's too narrow in the hip area.  I tugged it down and hoped it would work.

Nope.  As soon as I got on the bike and leaned forward, the top rolled up so I was feeling a breeze across my back.  It rolled up far enough that it went up above my shorts and my back was exposed.  I didn't even think to put sunscreen there!  It kept trying to pull it down but no luck.  I finally gave up, hoped I wouldn't burn and hoped I didn't blind any drivers because of how pale my lower back is...and I kept riding.

The thing is, if I ordered a new one in a larger size, I think it would be too big in the shoulders/chest.  Damn.  I will never understand why unisex sizing was ever invented.  We are not the same yo!  I've been trying to figure out if there is a way to alter the top but other than cutting the bottom to allow extra room for my badonkadonk, I'm not sure what to do.  I could wear my old tri top but I was really excited to wear my TNT gear and match the rest of my teammates.


  1. Truer words were never spoken in these WNTW posts. It's so hard to find the perfect workout gear. I'm still roking stuff formthe 90's just because I can't find replacements.

    I hope you'll share more details of this big move soon! Inquiring minds want to know.

  2. My TNT tri friends and I have named that sunburned patch you get on your lower back where you never seem to remember to put sunscreen a tramp stamp. Welcome to the club!