Thanks SO much to my friend N for her amazing advice. It's not the first time she has recommended this great product, but this time I actually listened. I mean who wouldn't listen to someone who rides their bike across the world, literally.
I decided why the heck not and went out and bought some bravely trying it out on a 3.5hr ride. I wore my favorite cycling shorts and even had a second layer of capris on top (these are AMAZING for wearing on top of your cycling shorts - NO seams and super easy to peal off and put in your back pocket if it gets too warm).
While I still had a little bit of tenderness from the past few weeks, I finished the ride with less chafing and no new battle wounds! The best was this particular route has the infamous (AZ ride) 9 mile hill climb. It's a 9 mile stretch of 3-6%grade climb. No breaks, just plug away. I PR'd the climb in 37:45 sitting comfortably in zone 2 HR. I don't know which had more of an impact; the 2 e21 pills I took a mile before the climb when I was struggling, or the fact I was actually COMFORTABLE and not moving my climbing position around for 9miles. Either way, I'll take it.
Next test wil be tomorrow when I'm going for day 3 on the bike and tackling a 4hr ride. All this is making me WAY excited for THIS!!! I will make the 2hr climb up Mingus Mountain my BIA@$!
After 5 long years with you Aquafor, I'm sorry but we are officially breaking up. You stained my gear and I'm pretty sure helped eat away at the material. I will still use you for my little toesies, but other than that, I'm moving on up!