Thursday, June 14, 2007

A brief question...

I rode in the rain last night and again this morning. Sure, I've written before about riding in the rain, being careful about cornering and braking, and undoubtedly some other blather.

But today, it's something completely different.

There's an odd effect I've experienced nearly every time I've been out on a wet ride. There's no delicate way to put this, so I won't beat around the bush. Every time I ride in the rain, I have to pee. It feels like there's a fully-inflated football somewhere in my lower abdomen. The harder the rain, the fuller it feels. It's absolutely maddening!

Am I the only one who gets this?

7 Comments:

Blogger Apertome said...

I've only ridden in the rain a few times, and I did not have this problem. My only advice is to pretend you're mountain biking and find a suitable tree to pee on.

8:23 AM  
Blogger Paul Tay said...

Oh, I have this problem all the time, wet dreams. Why bother with a tree? Just let Nature takes its course. It's not like anybody gonna notice, right?

8:44 AM  
Blogger Fritz said...

I ride in the rain, too, but I've never experienced this pressure.

I do feel it in the shower, but I'm able to hold it.

5:47 PM  
Blogger Ed W said...

My Dad always had to go whenever he went somewhere in the car, even if it was only a couple of miles. Maybe I inherited it from him.

7:58 PM  
Blogger Coelecanth said...

I have to pee more often than a woman who's 8 months pregnant. The weather has nothing to do with it. :)

3:17 PM  
Blogger SueJ said...

It rained on me today (it never rains on me) and I had to pee during the ride (I never have to pee during rides). So, I guess I have the same issue.
Do you pee in the shower? (I seem to remember reading somewhere that people who do get less athlete's foot.) Could just be a behavioral association...

10:31 PM  
Blogger Ed W said...

My apologies, Sue. Maybe I inspired your bladder!

As for peeing in the shower, well, I don't because it just strikes me as gross. But I've read that urine works against some bacteria and yeasts too, but I can't recall the details. I've had athlete's foot and jock itch - both of them caused by the same fungus. Tinactin works for me if there's a flare-up. Otherwise, I can prevent it by trying to stay dry. That means wicking socks rather than cotton, boxers rather than briefs (and no, I won't tell you my wife's tastes in colorful men's boxers!) and the liberal application of talc. Skin powders with cornstarch seem to worsen the fungus, so I don't use them. Instead, I prefer Gold Bond.

Also, I try to get out of sweaty cycling shorts as soon as possible after a ride.

9:08 AM  

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