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It seems that as my training scheduled has gradually increased over the past 18 months, my lifestyle and also my wardrobe has had to adapt to accommodate it, and I'm not just talking about my Sealskinz, my padded shorts and cycling jerseys.
As I was getting ready the other morning, something occurred to me, where did all of my nice pants go?? It was one of those rare days that are few and far between. I wasn't searching for my Lycra friendly, no pant line, anti-chaff, seamless underwear or 'rubber thong' as they are affectionally called in our house.
I was looking for something a little bit more attractive, a bit more fashion than function, but I was struggling. The closest thing I could find was a pair of French knickers with slightly frayed elastic which showed a striking resemblance to hair, not quite the look I was going for. My knickers from M&S with teddy bears on were a close second! What had happened to my knicker drawer!!
Something that was once full of lacy, frilly and dare I say 'sexy' items was now overflowing with functional 'sports pants'. It was at this point that it dawned on me, these days my idea of 'sexy underwear' was a brightly coloured sports bra to go with my black rubber thong!
I looked over at my sleeping boyfriend and suddenly felt guilty, only a bit, but still, guilty. I wonder if the poor boy knew was he was getting into when he started dating an athlete, which made me wonder.....
The benefits of sport and exercise are widely publicised, but what about the things they don't tell you. As athletes we are guilty of being all too keen to show off our training stats, how many miles we do, race bling etc., but what about our dirty little athlete secrets that we keep to ourselves, the things we don't advertise, our frayed French knickers and rubber thongs!!! Oh the shame!
With that in mind my housemate, Abi Schofield (GB Age Group Triathlete and fellow functional knicker wearer) and I have decided to lift the lid on athlete life and share our confessions.