Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Leg hair

Plenty (by which I probably mean all) competitive swimmers shave/wax their legs. Anything to shave off a tenth of a second.

I don't have to worry about this. I'm not a competitive swimmer. Simply a crazy man with a dream to swim 21+ miles from England to France. But this is not the only reason I don't have to worry about this.

Recently I have noticed that my legs aren't as hairy as they used to be. I've always had quite hairy legs. Not in a hairy gorilla kind of way but hairy in a hairier than average kind of way. Now I say this knowing that people will probably think that I'm exaggerating my hairiness. After all I'm quite hairless in general. I don't have any hair on my back, next to nothing on my chest and I still can't grow a decent beard at the age of 30. However, my legs have always been quite hairy. Not that you would ever have noticed. Even looking quite closely they might not have appeared particularly hairy because the hair on my arms and legs is very blonde, giving the impression that they aren't very hairy.

It was a few weeks ago that I started noticing it. And I'm going to trivialise the problem a little. After all that's how you deal with problems isn't it? Make them into a bit of a joke? Make them into a blog post? But in truth I'm actually somewhat concerned.

Firstly what the hell is causing my leg hair to become short and patchy? It used to be so thick, long and curly. What has gone so wrong? Secondly, is the hair loss going to stop there? Thirdly, what else is going to happen? Is it a sign of something more serious?

The way I see it, there are three possible reasons for my loss of leg hair volume:

1. Age.
Looking at a mans legs is like looking at a woman's hands and neck. They give away her real age, even if her face doesn't. Have a look at old men's legs. I'm pretty sure - but I could be making it up - that most old men's legs are as bald as this mole. So maybe my legs will go bald with age? Maybe, but surely not just yet?

2. Chlorine.
I spend a lot of time in chlorinated water. What with teaching and training, I must be in the water for 15+ hours a week! & I'm seriously concerned as to what it is doing to my body.  It is already messing up my sinuses, possibly leading to hair loss and I don't want to think about what it might be doing to my gonads!

3. Cycling.
The thinning of the hair on my legs seems to have coincided with my increased cycling. Does this increased leg exercise have something to do with it? Is it maybe due to the fact that I have been cycling in skinny jeans? Maybe the leg hair has been rubbed away? This might explain why the hairs appear to be shorter. Long may the warm weather continue. Cycling in shorts might help the hair grow back?

So as I said earlier. I'm genuinely a little concerned. I don't want to be a bald legged freak! But then as I'm writing this I notice that my arms aren't quite as hairy as they used to be either. Am I imagining this? It's late and I'm high on penny sweets but have my arms always been like this? Are they less hairy too?I'm more than a little confused. I feel as though they used to be hairier but I have no way of knowing for sure! If they are experiencing hair loss too, it would appear to eliminate cycling as the cause for my balding legs.

So what is it? Age? The chlorine? Or something completely different that my little brain hasn't the brainpower to come up with?

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