The Hideous: Women’s Cycling Gear

Remember when I use to write about fashion and beauty on this blog? That seems like ages ago. These days, I don’t shop as  much as I once did and I think that was when fitness found its way into my life. Isn’t it amazing? Fitness CURED me of my shopaholic problems. I use to go out and buy things without even looking at the price tag but now when I do shop, I am more mindful.

…And that is probably because I’m saving to buy fitness equipment and apparel. Snowboards, boots, bindings, winter jackets, BIKES, cycling jerseys, bike shorts, workout gear in general… WHY MUST YOU BE SO DAMN EXPENSIVE? I take it back, I think fitness actually made my shopping problem a lot more complicated because I am spending more money now. But at least everything I buy these days doesn’t get thrown in the back of my closet with the tags still on.

 So now onto why I wrote this entry:

HIDEOUS!!

Gah. Gah!! GAHH!! I just puked on myself 50 times.

Instead of shopping for pretty dresses and tops, I’m browsing for performance gear— especially for cycling but I only own TWO actual cycling jerseys (not counting a waterproof shell and a long sleeve for cold weather riding)… you know with those handy back pockets since all roadies can’t live without. I love riding in my Under Armor and Nike tops because they are plain and simple, fit me like a glove with no flashy and obnoxious designs …but I do wish they had some back pockets to carry all my junk while I ride.

Lululemon Fail

My heart goes out to this poor women who has to wear this hideous kit by Lululemon.

Random list of rants related to cycling gear:

  • Getting lost in a world of pastel pink, magenta, turquoise, baby blue makes me dizzy and nauseous.
  • The countless times I see the perfect black or white jersey so I pull it out of the rack …only to find the fucking pink swirls and flowers printed on the other side. Way to fucking mess up a perfect jersey.
  • When there ARE nicely designed cycling gear for warm weather riding, they have SHORT SLEEVES.  I really do not understand this whole thing with cyclists and their tan lines. MAJOR DISLIKE. That’s why I only wear sleeveless when the sun is out …or suffer in long sleeves. Yes I am that vain.
  • Sleeveless jerseys: they are either a gazillion dollars, looks like shit or doesn’t fit right. Oh yeah, and they give you tan lines.
  • I understand cyclists want to be seen but obnoxious logos (why do you want to wear giant logo when you’re not even sponsored anyway?) and obnoxious prints are not the way to go. You may cause a huge accident after blinding the poor driver who just crashed his car into a pole because he just couldn’t handle your psychedelic jersey.

I’m not a princess on a bike. I’m a QUEEN so give me what I want!!

My #vainmirrorpics always come in handy (especially when you have a blog). Call me boring but my idea of perfect cycling gear is plain, single colored, and fits like a glove. How hard is that to design?! And yes, I do like pink [working gear only] and it just so happens that I'm wearing pink in my #vainmirrorpics .. but it's not the pastel pink I'm complaining about!

My #vainmirrorpics always come in handy (especially when you have a blog)!! Call me boring but my idea of perfect cycling gear is plain, single colored and fits like a glove. How hard is that to design?! And yes, I do like pink [workout gear only] and it just so happens that I’m wearing pink in my #vainmirrorpics .. but it’s not the pastel pink I’m complaining about!

Note-to-self: Get back pockets custom sewn into my perfect Under Armour and Nike tops.

Disclaimer: if you actually own one of those hideous jerseys, I promise I don’t actually make fun of people wearing them. They just don’t suit me. But clearly, there IS a market for women’s cycling jerseys with flowers and psychedelic prints all over them because I’ve seen many on the roads…

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      Stretching for cyclists and generally active people is so important in your health and fitness regime. As I’m writing this post, I’m actually sitting on my chair and stretching my glutes and IT band by crossing one leg over the other and leaning forward or pushing down on the knee. Being extremely active, my muscles get really tight so I always dedicate time to stretching and foam-rolling every single day. I also found that the more I cycled, the harder it was for me to get lower in my squats but it’s been improving now that I spend even more time stretching than before. Tight muscles put everything in your body out of alignment which increases risk of pain, injury and discomfort… who wants that?

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      Stretch [and roll] everything and everywhere!

      Why it is so important for cyclists to stretch:

      • When you are cycling, joints are never taken through a full range of motion which causes your muscles to tighten AND shorten.
      • Cycling is such a repetitive motion.
      • Cycling is not a natural movement like running or walking.

      What does do stretching for cyclists:

      • Stretching will help to elongate and loosen your muscles and reverse what hours in the saddle may cause.
      • Stretching helps improve performance, power, speed, agility and ability to ride for longer.
      • Stretching increases flexibility which helps you cycle more efficiently by helping you get into the best form possible.
      • Stretching aids in cross-training. For example, tight hip flexors are common amongst roadies as we lean forward when we ride which causes tight hip flexors. Tight hip flexors means it will be very hard for you to get your ass to the grass when you squat. A half squat is NOT a real squat, okay people! So if you don’t want to squat like a bitch, make sure you are stretching those hip flexors!

      So when you should stretch? After a good warm up when your core body temperature is warmed up. Never stretch before your workout because your muscles are still cold and you may increase the risk of injury. Static stretching before exercise may even reduce your performance so it’s always best to do a good dynamic stretch or a light warm up before you stretch.

      While stretching may not be 100% proven to enhance your performance as there is much debate over this, you cannot deny that not only is it therapeutic but it feels AWESOME to stretch. I always look forward to my recovery regime after every workout …which includes a lot of stretching and myofascial release.

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