I sweat; my clothes s.t.i.n.k.
Yes, I wear antiperspirant 😂. Yes, I try to wash my workout clothes the same day I sweat in 'em 😅. But, over time, some of my beloved items have acquired a certain...umm...reek that washing doesn't remove.
The solution: soak them in 1 part white distilled vinegar and 4 parts cold water for 30 minutes before washing 💦. This was just one tip I gleaned from "11 Ways to Get The Sweat Smell Out Of Your Workout Clothes" by Kristin Canning at the Women's Health Magazine website https://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/a27059552/how-to-get-sweat-smell-out-of-gym-clothes/
So I tried it. I mixed 2 cups of vinegar and 8 cups of water in a plastic bucket. It wasn't a lot of liquid (I didn't have any more vinegar on hand) so I soaked my clothes in batches. Then I tossed them in the washing machine. I added two-thirds my usual amount of laundry detergent (less is more when it comes to cleaning workout clothes as Kristin mentioned in another tip) and washed them. And woohoo!🤗 - it worked.
Read her article to learn more about how to clean those high performance fabrics.
When your chest and waist are one size; and your hips (okay…butt 😂) are another, it’s hard to know what size tri suit to order. That was my quandary today because I can't try this one on. In the end, I let the centimeters decide: only 1-2cm off the butt if I went with the smaller size but 5-6cm off my chest and waist if I went for the larger size. The boobs and waist won; I ordered the smaller size.
Why wouldn’t I just go with the larger size? Because I’ve found that if the tri suit is too big, it moves - and that can cause chafe. Owww. In addition, I don’t want to drag around any extra fabric on the swim. Fingers crossed I don’t regret my decision on race day and split a seam! 😂
If you’re going to buy a tri suit, I definitely recommend trying it on - preferably with your sports bra - before buying it. Move around in it. Do some freestyle in the changing room; jog around the store. Besides thinking about the fit and your range of motion in it, check to see if any of the internal seams chafe. I have to use Glide with one of mine for that very reason.
If you’ve never bought a tri suit, the “Women’s tri-suit buyer’s guide” written by Alison Hamlett a couple years ago at www.220triathlon.com/gear/gear-guides/womens-tri-suit-buyers-guide/8603.html has some other points to consider, especially if you think you might need to go to the bathroom on course 😉. (Hint: think two-piece suit and not one)