from Barry H. Oberholzer Jr.
We have all heard it before….use protection. In the late 1990’s Baz Luhrmann released a song called Everybody’s free to wear sunscreen…
If you have never heard it or can’t recall the song. I have uploaded it for you. Have A Listen.
We all get caught up in preparing for all those fun summer outings. We check our equipment, we focus on our nutrition, we work out and try to stay hydrated. However, I realized after my last couple of triathlons that I forgot one of the most important things. You need to apply sunscreen something I didn’t at my last couple of outdoor events.
Re-apply sunscreen throughout for added protection
Whether you are doing a race or touring the countryside, you are going to spend the better part of your day in the sun. If you remembered to start the day off with sunscreen applied, chances are as you head into the second part of the day’s adventure, the lotion has started to disappear from rubbing, sweating or maybe from a swim incorporated into your day’s activities. This is where you should take the time to re-apply. Believe me, 30- seconds of time to make sure you are covered will protect you from the worst UV rays which you will encounter on the second leg of your day’s activities.
I learned this the hard way. I always knew you should apply sunscreen thoroughly before any outing or race, but didn’t really think about while participating in my last Triathlon. The time I spent out in the direct sunlight, over the course of the day, adding the change from a wet-suit to a tri-suit really took a toll on my skin. Not reapplying lotion – I really got burned.
Like a mentioned earlier, we focus so intensely on our nutrition, how we are going to fuel and hydrate and keep our body going, but we sometimes forget our biggest organ is exposed to direct sunlight for many, many hours. That is why one of my newest additions to my transition bag is SPF 50+ water/sweat proof lotion. It is just as important as that banana/GU Gel and a bottle of water.
So if I could give you advice from one newbie to another newbie, wear sunscreen!