Monday and Tuesday of this week were exceptionally hot and humid. As some of you know, I like to use walking as my preferred form of exercise (I do vary with elliptical and bicycling). I tend to walk in the mid afternoon as it gives me a break from work, helps with post lunch blood sugar, and provides a time to reflect/think/or just breathe.
Monday afternoon was oppressively hot and humid….the air felt heavy and wet. I decided to wear a sleeveless sports tee shirt made of that fabric designed to “wick away sweat and keep you cool when exercising in the hot weather.” If ever I needed to wick away perspiration, it was going to be on Monday.
I ventured to the park with my quart of water, my husband, and my cute tee feeling “smart” that I remembered to dress appropriately. Fifteen minutes later, I was dripping like a leaky faucet. Sweat was running down my face, my neck, and underneath the shirt was a mini river. I looked over at my husband in his white cotton tee shirt…just beginning to break a sweat. He looked at me and said…Holy….you better take a drink.
I drank, and half way through the walk I had finished the entire quart. I was now working on my husband’s water. My shirt was soaked, I was so hot I felt as it I would yank it off….but given the paparazzi (j/k)….
When I got home I literally ran up the stairs and removed that sports tee like it was on fire. It weighed about 10 pounds (ok, an exaggeration). I checked the fabric…the special, wonderful, specially designed fabric label that promised to wick away sweat and cool me down for a great work out. What did I find? Polyester and spandex. Yep…I was wearing an unbreathable plastic shirt! And I bought it specifically to keep me cool and comfy.
Did I feel duped? Yes. Will I wear it again? Yes….in the fall when it starts to get chilly and I need to retain heat.
On Tuesday it was hot and humid. I chose a plain white cotton tee. Ahhhhhhhh…the joy of cotton!