Should I Shave My Legs?

If you’re a woman, yes. If you’re a man…I don’t know. My friend who got me into triathlon shaves his legs all the time. Maybe he can chime in here with some tips. But after listening to one of the Tri-Talk podcasts wherein host David Warden says he got a staph infection from shaving (and then doing an event in a lake) which almost spread to his groin and which could have killed him, I’m thinking I’ll pass on the shaving.

Not that I never have. I shaved my whole body when I first got into triathlon. But the time it took combined with subsequent itchiness and evident risk of death has made me think the benefits are overrated. In fact, what are the benefits? A faster swim time if you’re doing a triathlon without a wetsuit? And just how many triathlons have you done without a wetsuit? I haven’t done any, although granted, I’ve only done three triathlons. But still, being in Utah I don’t think I’ll be doing any triathlons without a wetsuit anytime soon.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to be hairless just as much as the next guy. What do I get out of having hair on my arms, legs, armpits, face, etc.? I’ll keep the hair on my head, thank you very much, but as for the rest of it, I’m not particularly keen on remaining attached to it. I just don’t see shaving as providing any benefit worth the hassle. If you’ve got a different opinion let me know.