...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
Like @evmo I go with 50% vasaline, 50% anhydrous lanolin, and 10% zinc oxide (math is hard)
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I'm doing my first 5km in the ocean next week. I've done the distance in freshwater before but not in salt. How do I know if I need anti-chafing solution or where to put it?
I hear wearing a wetsuit helps.
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This is a complete beginner question. I'm doing my first 5km in the ocean next week. I've done the distance in freshwater before but not in salt. How do I know if I need anti-chafing solution or where to put it? Do you just slap it on immediately before the swim? If so, where?
Do you foresee this being a huge difference in time or fatigue?
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I sometimes apply sunscreen all over... sometimes only on my face, back of knees, neck.
Depends on the season, forecast, etc.
Zinc oxide in the mix protects my pits whether I go with sunscreen or not
@dc_in_sf you have to take into consideration David's complexion. For those of us fair skinned OW swimmers, we need to apply the zinc oxide (Desitin maximum 40%) liberally, like Ray Gandy. It is great for chafing and sun protection and it stays on forever.
readily available at Walgreens (unlike anhydrous lanolin).
I get my lanolin from Amazon
For those in the U.S.: To remove Desitin or ANY sunscreen go to a Dollar Tree store...
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@dc_in_sf - Make sure you test out the Bag Balm before you use it for Rottnest. I know swimmers who use it, however I had a bad experience with it during the Molokai Channel. Re-applying grease several times mid-swim = no more Bag Balm for me! Not sure if salinity/water temp in Hawaiian waters did something to the product, but it did not provide chafing protection very well. Just a thought...