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Let us be honest for a minute here. Cyclists have a lot of routines. As a cyclist, it works well to figure out which ones work best for you and then start to add your own adjustments and refinements as you see fit. These could include the way that your route your cables and wrap your bars. Unrelated to the bike they could include how you prepare your coffee before a big ride, or possibly the number of turns you give your shoe ratchets (before backing them off two). Baselayers go under the bibs, unless they don't. Everyone has them and they are all particular to each individual, who knows how they all came about, but the point is, they exist. One routine that has been getting a bit of attention in recent years revolves around the application of embrocations. If you are not yet aware of embrocations and their functions within cycling now is either the time to look away, or sidle up and pay attention.
The person who taught me what I know definitely had his. His process would start on the ride to the race and usually resulted with the remainder of the drive happening with the car windows down, all eyes watering from the sting of embrocations. You see, for him the warmup, the buildup of heat, the preparation was the most important part. "Start with clean, dry, and freshly shaved legs" he would say, "even buff them a bit with a rough dry cloth to prep them to take on the embrocation."
The way that he would get to his desired temperature was to start early and then cover with layers. One needs to eat at least three hours before competition could be considered another routine people ascribe to. This Gentlemen on the other hand, his saying went something more like "Embrocate vigorously at least three hours before competition." His sense (and he is correct) was that the embrocations took some time to warm up, to reach their "peak heat" as it were. A little trial and error and he was on his way to determining the best incubation time for each of the different liniments in that strong smelling travel bag he carries with him everywhere. Because, as you see, this ritual had become part of the bigger picture — an essential to his race day repertoire.
Have a go with selections from the new Skincare line and see what you come up with, for as we know, everyone is a little different. Whatever you do, when your day is done make sure to use soap and water to clear winter embrocation from your skin. There is nothing more unpleasant than a night of sleep interrupted.
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