For any of your high school theater nerds like me (and I know a few of you are out there), what do you think of when I say "SUNRISE?"
I hope you think of "SUNSET." After all, we have all either been in or enjoyed more than one performance of Fiddler on the Roof.
That being said (and here is a link to a classic version of the song
I will no longer think of Sunrise... and Sunset.
I will think of SUNRISE - and snot.
A lesson learned today:
When one rides their bike shortly after the sun is up, and one is not used to such activity and that hour, or the speed of a bike when the weather is cool, snot happens.
Alot of it. It's gross. And I think, that is why bike gloves are recommended and used by professionals.
I also think I should have been prepared for this but sadly wa snot. Get it?
Even in the pool there are ways to gracefully take care of the "snot issue."
Runners also have their ways. But Bikers? How do they do it.
You sort of need your hands on the bike... and sudden head movements, jerks etc., are not encouraged. So how does one truly handle the issue?
I needed advice so I looked online, duh. And I am NOT, I repeat, NOT the first person to have this problem. There are blogs and blogs written about it. Numerous bits of helpful advice.
My favorite, written by FatCyclist.com, even calculates the amount of snot produced over his lifetime of riding. He, by the way, uses the glove and wipe on the shorts technique.
I am looking into alternatives, but for now think I need to get something to wear around my neck, like a little cloth I can use to help... or wipe the tears away when my legs burn so much I can't peddle any more.
I realize the easiest solution would be to not ride at sunrise, but basically that means I wouldn't be riding at all and that makes for bad training when over 2/3 of this competition will be spent on a bike.
So, back to work. I will keep you posted on my research and riding and let you know how the snot issue turns out.