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Changing after a Swim
When changing after a swim out of your wetsuit should not be an adventure on its own!… You are a triathlete. A diver. A surfer. A swimmer. A winter swimmer. You train in the water and you swim all year long. You do competitions even in December, with a cloudy, cold weather and water colder than you would wish for. And you don’t mind while you wear your wetsuit, or while you compete. You are motivated and swimming keeps you warm.
Eventually, however, you get out of the water. It is windy, you are cold, you need to change out of your bathing suit. After the competition, there are spectators everywhere. There is a beeline in front of the changing cabin, or there is no door to the changing cabin anymore, or there is no changing cabin at all. If it was summer, you might stay in your bathing suit for a while, but now there is no question about it: you need to change into something dry and warm.
So you try to find a less crowded place on the beach and you wrap yourself in your bath towel to change discreetly. Ah, the old towel from back when you had first enrolled at the swimming pool. It has old yellow Pikachu on it, it has been washed a million times, it is a bit short, now that you think about it. You’ve been meaning to buy a new one for some time now, but you forget. But anyway, that’s what you have available and you try to wrap in it as best as you can. After all, you want people to know you about your sports performance, not about your body parts.
You wrench a hand and a foot while trying to extort yourself from the wetsuit, all the while holding the towel with the other hand and your teeth. You used the towel for your feet previously, so it is wet and sandy. Your back and your neck start freezing under the wind, your hair is wet. You hope you won’t get a cold, or tomorrow’s training is off.
You wrench the other hand and foot putting on the dry bathing suit, half-naked under your towel, when an admirer approaches to congratulate you. You find it is difficult to smile and reply while holding the towel in your teeth for dear life.
You’ve almost done it when the event photographer asks for a picture. Oh no, not with Pikachu on your back! You risk letting go of the towel from your teeth to be able to speak and ask him to wait until you have changed.
The Solution… Pocnho towel!
Not very far from you, you notice a girl who competed with you. She does not seem to have as hard a time as you do to change. She is wearing a red, snugly poncho with a mermaid on it, her head protected by its warm hood. Under this snugly little tent that stands on her shoulders, she can change using both hands. She does not seem to have wrenched anything and she is safe from curious eyes.
Plus, her sports bathing robe is imprinted with her sponsor’s logo, which certainly makes the sponsor happy.
Plus she can smile and reply when congratulated and when the event photographer asked for her picture, she just slid her arms in the large sleeves, did a V for victory and posed smiling, her sponsor in full view.
As you close your sports bag, you see another guy you know, discussing vividly with a crew of friends, wearing a similar Poncho towels, with an amazing diving design on it. No Pikachu for him, thank you. He has not changed yet, but he seems warm and cozy under his poncho that covers him from head to knees.
You go and exchange congratulations for a good competition. “Your towel looks amazing,” you tell him.
“You mean my poncho? It’s a life savior! Best invention after the wetsuit!”
“Where di you get it, man?”
“This one’s from Athlon, man. Go to Athlon and they can create one just for you, with your design and the logos of the team and your sponsors. They are amazing”.
Well, that’s it. Tomorrow, you should go on to athlon.gr for your own sports bath robe. You already imagining the design, and how the next after-competition you will feel warm and trendy in your new Poncho towel to use while changing after a swim.