Hydrated Skin Post Swim

Eurgh you know exactly what I'm talking about. After a late night swim, you literally crawl into bed and you're out for the count and it's only when you look at your legs/arms/face in the morning do you see the chlorine damage. Your skin is as dry as the desert and it's not an attractive look.

Not only can Chlorine damage the skin but it can cause premature signs of ageing. When you have that hot post swim shower, your pores open up and allow the chlorine to seep right in. It can strip the skin of its natural oils and this causes skin to dry and crack which can lead to wrinkles.

Maverick Trail Run, Sussex Series

On Saturday I ran my first ever trail run race! It was part of the Maverick Run Series and I seriously loved it! 

Trail running, what's the sitch? Also called fell running, it's running or walking over trails and terrain that isn't tarmac. It can be gravel, dirt paths, fields and the ascents and descents can be a lot greater than usual pavement runs. (Anyone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong!) It's muddy and messy but very fun.

Cycling Essentials

I'm learning to enjoy being out on my bike. When I don't think about being run over and dying, it's quite nice actually. Especially if I'm cycling in the sun! I've found a few bits that I can't live without so I thought I'd share a few of my essentials!

The Best Cream You've Never Heard Of

It's a known thing, that runners have gross feet. Usually cracked, black toes and looking severely dehydrated. This doesn't have to be the case though!

T-minus 2 months!

Yesterday marked 2 months to race day! AHHH how quick has that come around?!

In a moment of wonderfully timed motivation, my brand new race day tri suit arrived too! I am in love with it. It took around a month and a half to become available but it was more than worth the wait. Here I am adopting my fave super-posery pose with my trusty steed.

Protect your Hair

Swimming is great exercise and so much fun but most girls will know, it can also cause a lot of damage to your hair. Here are a few things I've learnt over the last 20 odd years that I've been swimming that have helped keep my hair in great condition; no mean feat considering I swim a lot!

  • Oil it up
I love using oils like coconut or argan oil to keep my hair super hydrated and healthy. I love using Moroccan Oil but it can be quite pricey so I mix it up with Vita Coco and L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil too. I usually squirt a little into my palms and run it through my hair focusing on the ends. If I can I sleep with it in overnight and wash out in the morning.

  • Water first
When your hair gets wet it absorbs all the chlorine in the pool. If you get it wet first in the shower, it is less porous and will absorb less when you get in the pool. Just make sure that if you shower first (which you should always do anyway when you get in the pool!) you shower with coldish water. If you are getting in a hot shower, the pool will feel freezing!

  • Protection
Ok so there aren't many ways to wear a swim hat and not look like a condom head but it's not a fashion accessory. Just get the thing on and it'll protect your hair from the full effect of being enveloped in chlorine for the length of your swim.

  • Shampoo it out
Using a strong chlorine removing shampoo with do the most for your hair. I use Paul Mitchell Shampoo Three which is great at getting it all out. It's a little pricey so when I'm not feeling spendy, I use the Boots Sun, Swim & Gym. It's a nice little product which does the job and smells great.

Bottoms Up!

Just a little update to say, on Saturday I went for a ride and I had a drink on the bike!! WOO HOO! Haha this probably sounds ridiculous but as I mentioned before it's much harder than it looks. It felt really good to see some tangible progress and to get some hydration in me!
That's all I wanted to say really, just a little update and a woohoo! Have a good week :)

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