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The (literal) irritation of triathlon chafing

When you thought about doing a triathlon, you considered whether you had time in your life to train, whether you were fit enough for the challenge, or if you could make it to the finish line. Something you probably didn’t think about was chafing- ouch!

We pride ourselves at designing our triathlon clothing to minimise the risk of chafing. We flatlock our kit so there are no bulky seams to deal with. Our suits are made of high-performance, quick-dry fabrics. We cut arm and leg holes so that they hit in the most comfortable spots.

However, even with all of that, when you combine moisture and friction over time, there’s still a chance of chafing. In fact, you may find similar in the form of hot spots or blisters on your feet when running.

So what can you do to minimise triathlon chafing?

One of the best things that you can do to prevent chafing is to use a good anti-chafe glide. We sell and recommend the all-natural and organic Zone3 glide, but other brands, such as Bodyglide are also good.

These glides provide a moisture-resistant barrier between your skin and whatever is rubbing it to help keep chafing at bay.

Some good places to apply are under the band of your bra and at your underarms, both under your trisuit and where your bicep might rub against your side. Of course, put it anywhere you’ve noticed an issue!

Glide is also recommended for use with your wetsuit. Use it at the back of the neck to prevent the zipper rubbing. Use it on your wrists and ankles to help the wetsuit peel off easier for a quick and easy transition.

It’s not petroleum-based, meaning that it won’t degrade the neoprene of your wetsuit like petroleum jelly would, plus it’s better for the environment! By the way, triathlon specific glide products won’t attract a sunburn like the cooking spray that some people use.

What about my feet?

Glide also works on feet, but if you have real blister issues, a thicker lube might be a better option. We haven’t tried Gurney Goo yet, but it looks like a great option. Also be sure to wear synthetic or wool socks, not cotton. And please make sure that your shoes fit properly.

And saddle chafing?

Yep, we’ve had that, too. Check out our article on Saddle Soreness for lots of tips to keep your lady bits chafe-free.

We hope that you never have to deal with triathlon chafing, but the fact is, if you have sensitive skin, you just might. With these tips, you should be able to glide through it (pun intended!)

Swim. Bike. Run. Trigirl!

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Race Across America (RAAM) cycling race starting 15th of June

Trigirl is thrilled to announce that we are sponsoring the Serpentine Golden Girls in their second time racing as a four-woman team in the Race Across America (RAAM) cycling race.

RAAM, a.k.a. The Toughest Bike Race in the World, is a 3,000 mile race across the US, riding through 12 states, starting on the West Coast in California and finishing on the East Coast in Maryland. Taking in the Rocky Mountains, the Great Plains, Monument Valley as well as the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts.

The race also has 170,000 feet worth of vertical climbs! Sounds tough for even the most ‘typical’ lycra-clad road warriors… but the Golden Girls aren’t your typical cyclists! At a combined age of 280, the women were the eldest four-person team ever to complete the race when they did it at an average age of 60, 11 years ago. They are now looking to beat their own record. 

The Race Across America – Serpentine Golden Girls start pedalling on the 15th June and will be rolling through the finish on or before the 23rd. We wish Edwina Brocklesby, Hilary Walker, Hilary Webber and Margaret Sills all the very best of luck for this amazing and highly inspirational adventure! Go Golden Girls!!! 

Trigirl supports women of all ages and body types living the challenge swimming, cycling and running. We believe in a healthy lifestyle and encourage women to participate in all levels of endurance exercise to promote not only their physical, but perhaps even more importantly, their mental well-being.

Trigirl is proud to offer triathlon clothing, specifically for women, that is sustainable, fashionable and flattering. Our trisuits are comfortable and fit well without ever compromising on performance.

As a London-based brand, Trigirl has had close ties with the Serpentine Running and Triathlon Club (the Golden Girls’ club!) since we were established in 2008.

Are you taking part in an challenging adventure race that could inspire others? Please get in touch to have your story featured here.

Swim. Bike. Run. Trigirl!

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Neoprene warmth vest review by Jemima Cooper

Loving Open Water Swimming – Warmth in the Water!

I hate being cold. My lips go blue and I shake like crazy. I lose feeling in my feet, not to mention, I get incredibly grumpy. So when my coach said “why don’t you go open water swimming?” last week (this is British May!) I obviously wasn’t so chuffed!

Luckily for me, Trigirl stepped in with a snazzy under-wetsuit top, Zone3’s neoprene warmth vest, and it saved the day!! 

My thoughts on this little addition to your swim wardrobe: 

The idea behind the Zone3 neoprene warmth vest is to add a bit of extra warmth for open water or pool-based swimming. 

It’s very form-fitting and shaped around the waist to keep it sleek and to avoid bulk. Being just 2mm thick, the vest provides an extra layer that fits comfortably under a wetsuit. Featuring unisex sizing, I found going down one size works best to keep the intended snug fit. However, if you wear a very large bra cup size, you might consider going for your normal size.

A titanium coating is applied to the internal material which really adds more warmth in the water. Additionally, there is a high neck to keep a little more heat in.  I did get a little rubbing on my neck between the wetsuit and the under layer, so a good tip would be to apply Bodyglide or similar non-petroleum-based lubricant in areas likely to chafe. 

I wore the top (under my wetsuit) for one hour in a 14-degree lake. Normally, I would have lasted about 10 mins at this temperature so this definitely made a huge difference! Keeping up my core temp allowed me to train for longer and generally enjoy the whole open water experience a great deal more. £44.50 is a reasonable price to pay for comfort if you plan to do a fair bit of open water training, especially in the early season. 

In addition, here are a few extra tips to help keep you warmer whilst swimming outside! 

  1. Make sure you have a good breakfast/meal beforehand. The cold will burn a lot of energy and under-fuelling can make you feel the cold more than usual, especially afterwards! 
  1. Avoid the cold-water shock feeling when you get in by thinking in your head “I know it is going to be cold and you might breathe funny for a minute, but this is normal and it will pass”. Don’t freak out about it – stay calm, cool and collected! 
  1. Wear two swim hats! Every little bit of extra heat you can keep in counts! 
  1. Make sure you have a snack and a thermos flask of hot drink for when you finish to help the internal body temperature creep back up. 
  1. Try to wrap up warm before you swim or turn the car heater up. Don’t start off cold before you get in! 

You may also be interested in our blog post on the same product here.

Click here to purchase the neoprene warmth vest from our online shop.

Swim. Bike. Run. Trigirl!

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Trigirl Training Favourite HITT: High-Intensity Triathlon Training

Last year, Trigirl introduced a series of high-intensity workouts we called HITT (High Intensity Triathlon Training). Based on HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), these sessions incorporate high to very high levels of effort, mixed with short rest or easy recovery intervals.

We still love these sessions as a way to get your training done in less time- and with more results!

As written in an article in Shape magazine, ‘When it comes to HIIT, less might actually be more. Squat jumps for joy.’

If time is of the essence (as it is for most people) and injury is a concern (as it is for most triathletes), could HITT (High Intensity Triathlon Training!) be for you?

YES.  Studies (and anecdotal evidence) are proving that shorter workouts, performed at greater intensity, could equal faster race times and less injury.  Save time and achieve your goals with HITT!

Want to know more?

Curious about how to incorporate high intensity triathlon training into your training regime?

We’ve got seven suggestions for workouts that you can incorporate into your overall training plan, as well as HIIT tips to keep you training happy and injury-free. With two sessions each for swimming, cycling, and running, plus an Oregon Circuit workout that will build all-over strength, speed and stamina, we’ve got the HITT session you need to kick your training up a notch.

See our article, High Intensity Triathlon Training- Could High Intensity Triathlon Training be for you?, for more on HITT, suggested sessions and more! 

Have you been doing HIIT/HITT sessions as part of your triathlon training? Do you have other training secrets that you’d love to share with your fellow Trigirl Training group? We’d love to hear about how you’re getting on and what you’re doing to be the best Trigirl you can be!

Tag us on Instagram @trigirluk with your training photos or send us your story on Facebook @trigirl.uk

Happy Training! x

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We are excited to announce that our new Trigirl kit for 2019 is now available for pre-order online.

We’re continuing our partnership with ECONYL® to bring you gorgeous triathlon kit that’s also high-performance and  environmentally sustainable.

In addition to our amazing fabrics, functional details, and flattering women’s-specific fits, here are some highlights coming up for spring that you’re sure to love:

  • Extra-special details, including matte gold and hot pink trim and reflective transfers.
  • Stunning prints! Following on from the success of our favourite prints, we can’t wait to see you racing in our new ones. We especially love the cheerful glitched floral!
  • Exciting styling and colours – including our new, limited edition hi-viz pink Flow swimsuit!
  • New soft leg hem – we’re using power mesh instead of gripper tape in our hems to keep them snugly in place without digging or chafing!
  • Easy on/easy off back clasp detail for our tri tops and swim bras.

Due to popular demand there are now more options of our favourite swimsuit/ triathlon-capri combo! We love the versatility that this combo offers. Wear the super-supportive swimsuit on its own for swimming or aquathlon.

The Trigirl triathlon capris feature our female-specific triathlon cycling chamois for maximum comfort both cycling and running. And the matching set looks great together- especially in our new prints!

Click here to see the full collection and to pre-order.

Happy shopping, happy training.

Swim. Bike. Run. Trigirl!

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Trigirl is proud to announce that we are once again partnering with Deva Divas triathlon and quadrathlon. Held in Chester on 14th of  July, Deva Divas is a short distance ladies-only race, providing fantastic support for beginner and improver triathletes. They offer beginner’s seminars (one this year already attracted 55 fledgling triathletes!), training days, bike workshops and more.

Registrants to Deva Divas triathlon not only receive a Trigirl discount code, but have the opportunity to compete for Trigirl prizes and vouchers, as well.

Beginning in 2007, Deva Divas is now a very popular event- so popular, in fact, that the quadrathon (swim, bike, run, kayak) has now sold out for the third year and the triathlon is selling quickly, too.  Part of the race’s popularity comes from its winning the coveted British Triathlon “Event of the Year”Triathlon England Club Event of the Year and also North West Regional Race of the Year in 2016. Deva Divas is also the only race to have ever won the British Triathlon award twice, after winning it for the first time in 2009.

But it’s not just British Triathlon awards and great prizes that make Deva Divas triathlon special. Previous competitors give the race glowing reviews:

‘It was so well organised and run, the volunteers were amazing, so supportive and friendly and I have never felt so safe on a bike course due to the excellent marshalling. What a fantastic triathlon.’

‘Wow!! What a fabulous event! … I loved all the training sessions. They really calmed my nerves at this was a first for me. It made the actual event less of an ‘unknown’.’

‘It’s lovely to take part in a triathlon where the organisers and team genuinely want you to enjoy the day and do well.’

If you’re considering your first (or 50th!) triathlon and want a supportive, women’s-only race (with the BEST prizes!), why not give Deva Divas triathlon a go? But hurry! It sounds like spaces won’t last!!

Deva Divas will be held on Sunday, 14th July, in The Meadows, Chester. More information and registration can be found on their website.

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Want to show your triathlon pride, even when you’re not racing or training? Looking for an extra layer to wear pre- and post-race? How about one (or more!) of our new Trigirl Triathlon T-shirts?

Our new T-shirts are soft, stylish and feature a female triathlete swimming, cycling and running. The perfect way to show your triathlon love and your tri-girl power!

In two styles and three colour choices, Trigirl Triathlon T-shirts are 100% cotton or a super-soft cotton-poly blend, depending on style. Great for when you’re recovering– or just relaxing! Each T-shirt coordinates with Trigirl capris and  tri shorts, too, so putting together the perfect outfit is a snap!

We think our T-shirts are so great, we plan to expand the range- what do you think? What graphics would you like to see? More images? Cheeky or fun triathlon quotes? Something inspirational/motivational? What fit and colour is your favourite? What colour would you like to see? How are you wearing the new Trigirl Triathlon Ts?

Drop us a line at marketing@trigirl.co.uk or comment below and let us know your thoughts.

Happy Training (and recovering!) x

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A beginner’s guide to open water swimming

One of the questions that I hear most, both working at Trigirl and as a triathlon coach, is some form of, ‘How do I transition from the pool into the open water? How do I escape the pool?!’

It’s a valid question: many triathletes already feel that swimming is their worst sport, then add the stress of jumping into a strange lake or sea, wearing a wetsuit… guidance is needed!

At Trigirl, we’ve published some great articles and blogs on open water swimming. We have coached swimmers and have done a fair share of open water swimming ourselves. But even we can’t claim to be at the expert level of Open Water Swimmer magazine.

Open Water Swimmer magazine is a great way to catch up on tips and techniques for the new and experienced swimmer alike. They offer training and nutrition tips, suggestions on great places to travel to enjoy outdoor swimming, and a glimpse into the open water swimming community.

And for those of you who are wondering how to make the transition from the pool to the open water, Open Water Swimmer has released their FREE Escape the Pool guide. It is packed with tips on gear, how to become more confident and wetsuit advice. The Escape the Pool Guide provides tons of answers to your open water swimming questions, written by the open water experts!

Open Water Swimmer says, ‘For many people, swimming outside is incredibly daunting. It induces panic rather than exhilaration and joy. Or you just don’t know where to start. We’ve therefore produced this short guide to help you start on your own outdoor swimming journey which will take you to places and give you experiences that you never imagined.’ Sounds great!

For your free copy of Escape the Pool, click here.

Happy Training (and open water swimming!)

Coach Kristin x

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Quadrathlon. For when three disciplines just aren’t enough!

Trigirl are delighted to be sponsoring the women-only sprint triathlon Deva Divas again in 2018. This will be the 11th year of the event which aims to encourage women into the sport of triathlon. It’s a brilliant event with an impressive pedigree. In 2016 it won the coveted British Triathlon ‘Event of the Year’, Triathlon England ‘Club Event of the Year’ and North West ‘Regional Race of the Year’!

As if that wasn’t enough, last year, organisers Sally Napthen and Jean Ashley decided to offer their competitors another challenge. The first ever ladies only quadrathlon IN THE WORLD was born!

Of course, the female triathlete community love being out of their comfort zone. As a result the 30 available places for the inaugural 2017 quadrathlon were snapped up in a matter of days. The event consisted of a 750m swim, 25k bike and 5k run followed by a 4k kayak. Competitors were offered the opportunity to take part in a 12-week canoe course at Chester Canoe Club as part of the quadrathlon training package.

Anne Collins, who took part in last year’s race, said that the kayak training was, for her, almost as much fun as the race itself. “The women came from a complete cross section of backgrounds but shared a common goal. We were all rooting for each other and, having trained together as well, we shared a really strong bond”

For those of you tempted to give quadrathlon a go, sadly all 50 places for this year’s event are already taken but there is a waiting list!

The good news is that there are still places left for the main Deva Divas triathlon race which takes place on Sunday 8th July at The Meadows, Chester.

Deva Divas has a unique atmosphere. The emphasis is on fun and encouraging women to give achievable, short distance races a try. Something we at Trigirl wholeheartedly agree with.

Most participants stay to watch and cheer the other women over the line and the day finishes with cake for all. Now you can’t say fairer than that!

Check out the Chester Triathlon Club website for more information on the race and how to enter.

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