Last Saturday I rode 30 miles through Bastop and Buescher State Parks. I've done this ride before, and was looking forward to the ride as it is one of the more scenic and enjoyable routes that I've ridden. Unfortunately, within a few minutes of rolling away from Victoria's cousin's house, I felt a strange, tingling sensation in my legs.
I can only describe it as feeling like thousands of tiny vibrations, and it increased with speed. It wasn't painful, so I didn't bother to stop and investigate. When I reached my turnaround point at Bastrop State Park, I finally stopped to try to find the root cause. That's when I noticed that my legs looked like a jungle.
I'm a roadie, and a leg shaver. I've also been a bit lazy over the last couple of weeks. The first week I was travelling and not riding, so when the weekend came and I went out for a ride, I thought "my leg hair is still short enough; no need to shave". Then another week went by without riding. When I planned my Saturday ride, I knew I needed to shave, but as the ride approached, I couldn't make time to shave. As a result, on Saturday my legs were the hairiest they've been since I started road cycling.
During the ride I was feeling sensations in my legs that I haven't felt in over 3 years. It felt like sea grass moving with the rhythmic motion of the waves and currents. Or wheat blowing in the wind. It didn't feel good. As I passed other cyclists on Park Road 1C, I knew that they were staring at my legs, mortified by my rebellious, anti-cycling hygiene. I was embarrassed, and wouldn't look them in their Oakley-shaded eyes.
When I made it home, I shaved. Or rather, I clipped. Afterwards the shower floor looked like a small poodle had been groomed there. Luckily, the plumbing was able to handle the hair, and didn't clog. My legs were back to normal.
I know many will debate about the culture of leg shaving in cycling, and I won't be surprised with comments that follow that thread. Having ridden both clean and hairy, I'm going to continue to try to stick with clean. That is, unless I get too lazy again.
P.S. I changed my blog subtitle, my location, and the 'about me' section. I decided against a rename, and the changes that were made are very minor. Thanks for all of your suggestions!