Treating Saddle Soreness
Saddle soreness discomfort is common for triathletes, but there are ways of treating it. Read on to sooth your saddle woes!
A quick poll in the office revealed all of the TriRadar team had suffered saddle soreness at some stage. Spending lots of time doing hard physical exercise in an unnatural position on a small seat means that it’s hardly a surprise that our thighs and derrieres have endured the discomfort it brings.
It’s considered a beginners’ ailment, but can affect experienced riders if they have changed their apparel, saddle or bike. Saddle soreness includes chafing, from constant rubbing; boils, from a lack of hygiene; inflammation of the thighs and buttocks; and skin ulceration, where chafing causes lesions in the skin.
Four Ways To Fight Saddle Sores
1 Invest in a decent saddle. There are no shortcuts here – you will get what you pay for. Take advice from an expert, make sure it fits your own shape, and remember the lightest isn’t necessarily the best.
2 Check your saddle’s position. If the saddle is too high then you will be moving side-to-side with every single pedal stroke, which will cause discomfort. Setting it too low is equally problematic.
3 Pick a high-quality chamois. This is your saddle’s first point of contact with your skin, so is critically important. The more expensive the better – what’s the point buying a top saddle and scrimping on the chamois?
4 Stay hygienic. Make sure you get out of your sweaty cycling shorts as soon as you finish your session. Never wear them twice without washing them – they are a breeding ground for bacteria.
This article was originally published in Triathlon Plus magazine. Save time and money by having every issue delivered to your door or digital device by subscribing to the print edition or buying digitally through Zinio or Apple Newsstand.
You’ll find loads more triathlon training advice in triradar.com’s Training Zone section.