I don’t know of a distance athlete that hasn’t had to deal with a bit of chafing from time to time. It’s one of those things that come with the territory. There are pre-workout remedies that do help by slicking up the offending areas and I’ve tried a few but I don’t much care for using them. First of all, I’ve never needed them for cycling – and I’ll chalk that up to the excellent bike fitting that Matt Assenmacher gave me because I don’t chafe from riding. Running, on the other hand, get’s me pretty good almost every time I go more than seven miles. Over the years I’ve tried quite a few remedies, A&D Ointment (which works quite well on new tattoos as well), zinc oxide A&D Ointment and a few others. However, when I got my Triathlon tattoo the artist recommended something new… Aquaphor. It healed my tattoo up quite well so I decided to try it on the chafe-age as well, and it works remarkably well. With A&D, the pain was greatly reduced within 12 hours but with Aquaphor the pain is gone in a few hours and the areas are almost entirely healed in 24.
Since I started using Aquaphor, I haven’t worried about chafing at all – it’s become a non-issue. If you have problems with chafing, I can’t crow about this stuff loud enough.