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Old 07-27-08, 08:45 PM   #1
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just got back from a ride in the 104 deg heat, odd, funny but embarrising problem

just finally rode the full trail at Ruston in Lincoln parish park (normally do 3 to 5 laps on their beginner part) ... was 104 deg while out there to hah ...

a problem that popped up again today though, and has happened a time or two in the recent past ... somehow .. i am getting blisters and / or cuts on the tips of my nipples i don't know what is causing it ... only thing i can figure out, because i am loosing more weight ... the skin is looser .. and my clothing is getting looser ... only seems to happen with one of my wicking shirts that is a bit baggier then the others ... there are no seams in that area ... but it still happens ...

any clue? ... i mentioned it to my wife, and she just died laughing ... =P
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Get a tight foundation wicking layer or wear a couple of band aids.....it's from irritation from material flapping and friction. It happens.
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i may can fit into a 1X shirt now, will have to try one on and see ... if so that may be tight enough ... makes sense i guess .. my other ones don't flap around as much as this shirt does ... but its more of a basketball type Jersey then just a normal shirt ...

thought about the bandaids .. but normally dont remember them till i am already out riding, and they start hurting hah
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The irritation factor is another part of the reason cycling jerseys are tight, other than wicking being most effective when the skin is in contact with a wicking material. Walmart has some good tight wicking shirts in the Men's department, and Dick's carries Nike Wicking shirts at a pretty reasonable price. Another good reason for a foundation shirt is if you crash, there are 2 layers of wicking material protecting the skin.
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i used to have a major issue with sore nipples. it was mostly due to my clothing. best way to combat it is either different clothing or cut some gauss and use some medical tape (like the type from a medical kit) this will definitely keep the nipples from being sore and wont fall off during your ride. the worst part will be when you take it off. tape, hair, moobs = always a bad mix
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yeah the ones i have that don't do it are from wal-mart ... they are 2x .. but tighter fitting ... the other one i picked up from Academy Sports ... it is 2x as well but a lot looser ...

i think i will stick with the wal-mart ones for now hah! ... may look into the tight fitting under peice ... and then a baggie on top ... not sure how that will work in the 90 to 100 temp range tho ... still a little self-concious about wearing tight stuff while i am out...

so far i have been lucky and haven't fallen yet ... (knock on wood) .. mostly i have just bashed my legs up with my pedals ... or nailed some trees with my arm (and head once) ... but i am still quick to get off and walk in a section i am unsure about ...

i am sure once i start riding on the road more though, i will add some new incidents into that list.
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i used to have a major issue with sore nipples. it was mostly due to my clothing. best way to combat it is either different clothing or cut some gauss and use some medical tape (like the type from a medical kit) this will definitely keep the nipples from being sore and wont fall off during your ride. the worst part will be when you take it off. tape, hair, moobs = always a bad mix
hah yeah i thought about that with the bandaids ... oww! ... but guess it wouldn't be no worse then them being sore.
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Funny you bring that up Tom. Yesterday I was near the end of my 25 miles and I noticed that when I moved a certain way, my nipples (right specific) would raise, rub and burn in a "hey I kinda like that Kink

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That used to happen to me on company runs (think formation runs that are slower and REALLY freaking long. Morale booster my A**) I usually dosed up with talc or gold bond in my shorts and on my upper body-that helped. Didn't do the band aid thing because I though it would hurt. I guess if you shave right there that might help. The tight inner layer will definitely help.
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I get really bad nipple bleeding on any runs I do over 5-6 miles, an hours worth of irritation takes its toll. The solutions I've found are what Tom mentioned, bandaids though my chest hair is not a fan - or under armor spandex shirts. This also seems to be much more of a problem the hotter it is, I think the weight of the wet shirt is part of the problem.

Here's the wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jogger's_nipple

They do may special nipple covers I've seen at marathon expo's and I have heard of people using
callus cushions, as they are circular.
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I changed to wearing Under Armor (or equivilent). Never had a problem again. Wear a tight fitting wicking shirt as the base layer and something over it if you are worried about the looks. I have UnderArmor, Nike, and two other brands of shirts like this and two brands for my legs. UnderArmor seems to be the best quality.
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Amazing the topics that can wound up being discussed, isn't it? Sometimes, though, they just need to be.

Devil, I do have to ask this though.......

In your born days, did you ever even remotely think that you'd be asking other men :Why do my nipples hurt?"
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Amazing the topics that can wound up being discussed, isn't it? Sometimes, though, they just need to be.

Devil, I do have to ask this though.......

In your born days, did you ever even remotely think that you'd be asking other men :Why do my nipples hurt?"
hahaha! .. yeah this is not something i ever had pictured asking ... and when i typed it .. never figured it would even get many responses other then someone laughing and thats about it ... good (or bad) to see it is a common problem though hah i don't feel so bad bout it now.
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I get really bad nipple bleeding on any runs I do over 5-6 miles, an hours worth of irritation takes its toll. The solutions I've found are what Tom mentioned, bandaids though my chest hair is not a fan - or under armor spandex shirts. This also seems to be much more of a problem the hotter it is, I think the weight of the wet shirt is part of the problem.

Here's the wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jogger's_nipple

They do may special nipple covers I've seen at marathon expo's and I have heard of people using
callus cushions, as they are circular.
i didn't do a search for the problem, was kinda leary of what pages would actually come up when i put in the search engine 'sore nipples' ... hah

i am going to try tighter shirts for a bit and see if that works ... not sure if i can do 2 layers in the heat right now though ...
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This is a really common problem with men who run. I'm surprised that so few people in this thread seem to have heard of it.
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till i started riding my bike, i rarely was around other 'active' people ... about the worse injury i know about was nintendoitis
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You guys know not to use fabric softener or dryer sheets with your biking gear, right? I'm just saying that because it would seem to be an obvious thing to try, but it inhibits absorbtion. You're not supposed to use it on anything that will be right next to your skin, like sheets, underwear, etc.

Also...I'm wondering if spray bandaid would work? They make this stuff that you spray on cuts, and it forms a protective layer. Made by band aid. If it works, it would help with the bandaid/chest hair thing.
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Amazing the topics that can wound up being discussed, isn't it? Sometimes, though, they just need to be.

Devil, I do have to ask this though.......

In your born days, did you ever even remotely think that you'd be asking other men :Why do my nipples hurt?"
Or asking about 'saddle numbness' for that matter.
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This is a really common problem with men who run. I'm surprised that so few people in this thread seem to have heard of it.
A rhetorical question: how many male posters to this forum are serious runners?
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A rhetorical question: how many male posters to this forum are serious runners?
Probably very few; OTOH, I'm not a serious runner either and I've heard of it.
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hahaha! .. yeah this is not something i ever had pictured asking ... and when i typed it .. never figured it would even get many responses other then someone laughing and thats about it ... good (or bad) to see it is a common problem though hah i don't feel so bad bout it now.
I tried running without a tight-fitting compression shirt, but I kept getting black eyes.
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i think it has more to do with if someone has been active in general... then they have been exposed to it ...

as for the black eye part .. i am almost getting to that point now ... to much stuff flops around hah
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I use liquid bandage for this. It stays on when band aids don't and it doesnt hurt to remove it.

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hmmm hadn't thought about that .. and just though about the moleskin stuff ... since it is self adhesive ... may work as well ...
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I'm not a serious runner, but I do run at least one half-marathon a year. Running is maybe not the right word, lumbering? But I just picked of biking and I much prefer it, though it isn't as efficient time wise as running. I run about 11-12 min/mile for 5-10k's and closer to 13 for the half's so I'm not fast by any metric.
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