October 5, 2011

Rough

With all the biking I have been doing, I have noticed a few changes in my body.

There are the leg muscles, which are looking and feeling incredible these days.


What's the leg equivalent of offering someone tickets to the gun show? Because I could flex these babies all day.

And there are the awkward tan lines:


The wrist is pale from my Garmin, and my fingertips are lighter than the rest of my hand because that's the part that curls under the handlebars and away from direct sunlight. Yikes.

And speaking of hands ... I've been noticing something else there.


Some rough spots.

There are callouses on my inside of my hand and my palms, as well as some rough spots on my thumbs from where I grip the handlebars. Part of that can be solved by not holding on so tight - but despite all the biking I do, I still am constantly in fear of getting hit by a car, so I'm hyperaware of my surroundings and always holding on for dear life. I've started keeping a bottle of lotion on my desk at work to stay moisturized, too. It's still quite rough, though, and I am not quite sure what else to do.

It isn't painful, just a little awkward. Veteran bikers, people with rough or dry skin ... any suggestions?

27 comments:

Jill said...

I have advice for your rough hands- but you are not going to like it! :) Slather vaseline on your hands beofre you go to bed and then put those cheap dollar store gloves (one size fits all)on and sleep in them. This works for me and my daughter. Not fun- but it does fix the problem. Your calf muscles are awesome!!!

Anonymous said...

I was having the callous issue from weight lifting. I found that a cheap pair of weight lifting gloves helped a lot. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Look at those muscles. You go, girl!

Misty said...

Look at those Rockstar calves !!!

Jessica said...

Lookin'Good Mary!

Caron said...

Wow, those are awesome leg muscles!

I'm a worrier by nature, so when I read your incredible biking mileage for last month I did think "I hope she's being super careful." and "I hope she's looking out for patches of sand and/or gravel and wearing her helmet." That's actually hypocritical of me because I've never invested in a helmet. :(

I think you earned those calluses fair and square. Guitar players get awesome calluses on their fingers.

Tim said...

I'd either recommend biking gloves or continue with hand cream.

Anonymous said...

*Whistles!!* check out them legs! On the dry hands, Bath & Body works makes this awesome overnight cream and you put it on, then put on these satiny gloves. It's a renewal thing and your hands become magically transformed into baby soft.

During the winter, I always keep a bottle of "lay it on thick" by Bath & Body Works true blue spa line. It's a pretty thick hand cream, but my hands are a mess in the winter. They get all dry and cracked to the point where they bleed. It's actually quite painful and not pretty.

Sarah from Onmyweightohappiness said...

Holy leg muscles! Totally jealous!

Shannon said...

Wow!!! Those are some very impressive leg muscles!!! So awesome!

Tina said...

I am soooooooo jealous of those legs. Keep up the good work!

He Took MY Last Name said...

baby oil. Slap some on after a shower.

My nipples (sorry) are cracked and tender since they are growing so much preparing for the baby and nothing was helping. I slathered up with some baby oil last night after a shower and they are back to normal today. A little goes a long way! plus, whats better than smelling baby fresh!?

Big Clyde said...

Looking good!

Mia's Mommy said...

I'll say it again...WOW! Nice leg muscles!! As for your hands, I second the Vaseline and gloves (I use socks!) at night. Or...find a Watkins rep and order petro carbo salve and do the same thing. Or...find a Mary Kay rep and order Satin Hands. Good luck!
-Sarah from livingformeandmimi

Life as a Caterpillar said...

Your legs looks AMAZING! I could not be more impressed. That is such a good look. Totally rocking! (you need some new calf tatts to show those bad boys off!)

Sarah G said...

Check out them gams!! Stunning!!

Weight Watcher Wannabe said...

Holly legs of steel!!!!

Tammy said...

Your legs look awesome!!! Great job!!:)

SlimKatie said...

WOW--Your calves look AMAZING! Awesome job!

Meghan said...

OMG!!!!!! I want those legs!!!

Katie J ♥ said...

You can use an emery board to file the callouses and then lather your hands up with a ton of lotion and put gloves on and then go to sleep and when you wake up your hands will be soft.

Finding The Thin Within said...

Great lookin' legs hot stuff! My legs are taking nice shape too, so if you hear of the "check out the gun show" equivalent, let me know! Haha...cuz my arms still have a LONG way to go until I can offer up any sort of "show"

Carbie Girl said...

sweet baby Jesus, nice stems Mary.. So jealous!!!! :0)

Bluezy said...

Whoo hoo they should be on a magazine cover!

Paige said...

Awesome leg muscles, Mary! I wanted to ask-do you find that people are nicer to you now that you've lost so much weight? I've lost 60 pounds and I find that people are far nicer and friendlier to me now-strangers mostly.

Hyla said...

For fear of getting hit, I would recommend a Road Id, I have the Slim and I love it! Gives me a feeling of security also. I husband suggests putting your blood type in one of the lines. Of course he didnt suggest this until after I bought ours...LOL
http://www.roadid.com

Hungry Girl Fan said...

Holy cow! Look at those legs! In all my running, I don't know if I ever got mine to look that good in my life! Great job!