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2012-06-11 10:42 AM

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Subject: Sunscreen question
So, is using spray on sunscreen seen as bad form in transition?  I'm not a big fan of rub on stuff, and with a forcast of 100% sun for this Saturday's HIM and my milk bottle like Irish skin, I'm going to need lots of it. I like the spray stuff for quick, easy, and less messy application. Figured I'd take a minute in transitions to avoid potential days of sunburn agony. Thx 


2012-06-11 10:49 AM
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Subject: RE: Sunscreen question
highly suggest using sunscreen.  and  don't forget a hat. i forgot a hat last year at my HIM and I could feel my head on fire.  I use the Banana Boat Kids/ Baby spray as they make a tear free.  Spray is the way to go to get it on quickly. I actually put mine on before the race and it stayed on for the swim and after. 
2012-06-11 11:18 AM
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There's no such thing as bad form for putting on sunscreen in T1 or T2. Well I guess don't hose down someone beside you, that would be bad form.

More than a couple races I've been to have had sunscreen available at transition for use.

2012-06-11 11:57 AM
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I just cannot be convinced spray-on stuff really gets into your skin enough to 'last' unless you rub it in anyhow, hence little difference in spray vs. tube.

 

May I suggest looking at Z-block if you can find it.   This stuff does NOT run and get in your eyes.   Put it on right out of the shower, it's good for the whole day.   

 

I do not work for the company or anything like that, just a huge believer in the durability of the product.  It is expensive and worth it.

2012-06-11 12:32 PM
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Subject: RE: Sunscreen question
I find the body glide with SPF does a great job and stays on.  I'm going to put it on my neck for my wetsuit anyway so I just keep going with it.  Back of my arms, shoulders, etc.
2012-06-11 12:55 PM
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2012-06-11 1:15 PM
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Subject: RE: Sunscreen question
tkos - 2012-06-11 1:55 PM

I have seen many people suggest to put on a healthy dose before the swim. Then you can top it up with spray as well.

And while too late this race, I also suggest doing your long rides and runs during some sunny times in training. Even a small amount of base tan will help in the long run.



Do the long bikes with the outfit you're going to wear for the race. I've got a handful of sleeveless jerseys but they still cover slightly more than my tri tanks.

2012-06-11 2:49 PM
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Subject: RE: Sunscreen question
I'm Swedish and practically bluish-pale with lots of moles, so I'm the sunscreen queen... I put mine on before I go out, and it really lasts for hours and hours. I use Neutrogena Baby waterproof sunblock SPF 60. Then, no grease/spray/rubbing mess in transition.
2012-06-11 2:58 PM
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gobey007 - 2012-06-11 1:32 PM

I find the body glide with SPF does a great job

First time I saw that product I was baffled; I use body glide almost exclusively where the sun don't shine.

2012-06-11 3:57 PM
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whatever kind it is, just make sure it shields you from all the UVA rays...and make sure it's TEAR-FREE!  Non-tear free sunscreen is like grapes with seeds.  I'll take the tear-free sunscreen and the seedless grapes thank you very much!
2012-06-11 4:02 PM
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I use 50 spf baby sunscreen before the swim. 

Then a little individually packaged diamond sunscreen wipe (spf 30) at T2. It fits easily into the palm of my hand and I use it on my neck, shoulders and ears right before the first aid station so I can throw it away.  

Doesn't take any time since I leave it next to my run shoes and grab it on the way out.  Apply while running.  

- by the way, there is no particular reason I use that brand. Just happened to be what I picked up. 



2012-06-11 4:06 PM
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Subject: RE: Sunscreen question
mrbbrad - 2012-06-11 12:58 PM

gobey007 - 2012-06-11 1:32 PM

I find the body glide with SPF does a great job

First time I saw that product I was baffled; I use body glide almost exclusively where the sun don't shine.

Hilarious

2012-06-12 12:29 PM
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Subject: RE: Sunscreen question

For the tops of my ears (which got quite crispy when I was in Army basic training), sunblock lip balm is tiny and easy to apply - works well during the run when a hat won't cover your ears.  For everything else I use Mission products with great luck.

2012-06-12 12:33 PM
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No, it's not bad form. Just make sure you aren't inadvertently spraying your rack-mates down wind. People are usually nice and will help you reach the hard spots, too. 

As for brands, I have had great luck with Neutrogena Sport - I use the cream product for my face and the spray everywhere else. 

2012-06-12 12:36 PM
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Subject: RE: Sunscreen question
As someone who is dealing with melanoma the only bad form is not to use sunscreen at all.
2012-06-12 7:38 PM
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Subject: RE: Sunscreen question
I'm a huge fan of the Neutrogena Wet Skin - has gotten me through many wetsuit-free OWS without burning.  Had a little burning problem in 3:30 in the water this weekend, but that's probably because I grabbed the SPF 30 instead of the 50+ I usually use.  Love the stuff.  I find I have to wash it off with soap sometimes.


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