I have been commuting to work on bike this summer. I wear these bike shorts every day that I commute, they are awesome. I love the inside leg hem detail…it is a great little feature and reminder of the designer. The colleague that I ride in with asked me if I was going to continue this adventure through the winter. I was completely dumbfounded because….hello….I live in Chicago, so the rides in will be quite chilly. I started to think about how I am going to dress myself for the cold ass weather. I started to do some reasearch online and remembered the folks from Aero Tech Designs. I wondered if they might be willing to help a big girl out. So, I posed a question to the owner to see how she feels about cold weather tights for plus size bikers. Lo and behold, I get a message back from her, almost immediately asking if I would be willing to sample some clothes, give her feedback and by winter, she’ll have some plus size winter wear. Gals, guys, I am here to tell you that we need to start asking for things. This just took a simple e-mail. I am going to blog about this in the coming weeks to let you know how the experience has been. In the meantime, if you want some bike wear gear, check them out.
September 2, 2009
Received a great little package from Aerotech to take a look at their tights and try them out. What fantastic material. Just as strong and flexible as the shorts that I own. I love them. The padding is great and made my hilly weekend ride very comfortable. Each pair of tights is hemmable so that people like me (shorties) can have them hemmed or hem them on their own. I gave Cathy some other suggestions for improvement, we’ll see which, if any, were helpful. I thought the sizing was a tad off, but that could just be that my butt has been getting bigger over the past year. I couldn’t tell if they were true to the 2X sizing they said they were. LOVED them though, and loved the idea that there may be some winter wear coming from aerotech for the big girls. Can’t wait to hear what she says!!
This is a recurring theme here. More and more people are asking me where to get the plus size gear. As you peruse the old posts, you’ll see that there are a variety of places out there. I, however, have yet to find a one stop shop for all of my fat gal athletics. I am up for posting your ideas and recent shopping attempts!! I want the swim suits that don’t cut into the hinterlands, the tri suit that zips without requiring liposuction, the bike shorts that plain fit. Tell me one, tell me all, where do you get your plus size action????
This has been an unbelievable experience. I can’t tell you how great it is to know I am not in this game of self blah-ness alone. Check this out, first, I am getting tons of feedback from athletes of all sizes who are interested in getting workout clothes. I keep forwarding our news onto the owner of Run Chicago. When he tells me the clothes are there, let’s plan to storm the store.
Second, I had a conversation with my girlfriends this weekend about this whole idea of self acceptance. One is the same girl I mention in an earlier post. A point I was pursuing is this….this ever unreachable goal thing. Saying, if I could only lose weight, I’ll be happier. (you know what I am talking about) I asked them flat out if they knew of anyone who made a change like losing weight and actually said they felt better about themselves. Nope, not one. The changes that make us feel better are the changes we make about the way we feel about ourselves today. I am on the path, but I at least can see it this time, like the Brady kids in the Hawaiian cave, I can see the path. Self acceptance is exactly that. We have to do it ourselves. I have started a little internal battle that I believe the side of the light is going to win.
Here it is….”SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” That’s right, “SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Every time a negative thought enters my brain about myself (others are still fair game, I need to continue to be snide) I tell myself to shut up. I have been working on this all week. It isn’t easy, but I seem to be saying it a little less frequently than I was last week at this time. Give it a try, you might be surprised how often you knock yourself down.