City & Commuting

Commuting: Feeling the effort

6 Comments 02 September 2010

I just realized my frame has a typo with double "fatties" in the chainstay

That Shimano 105 crankset you see before you has been the conduit of my thighs pumping power to propel me onwards to a cycling future of poetry in the land of too long sentences. After the last month and nearly doubling my riding from previous months I can surely say that it’s very effective because my thighs keep reminding me about their existence daily.

I have done my due diligence, rested pretty as much as possible, kept myself hydrated and ate properly. According to my nearly medical analysis, the strain in my thigh area is related to immense amounts of cycling done in the last month. Which is pretty obvious. Still, I’m at a standstill – Should I take a longer rest week to recuperate or just keep on going and chance it with overreaching (which we mentioned in our article about fighting fatigue).

Does anyone have ideas or suggestions to help with recovery? Stretching? Pilates?

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  • Jaakko

    I had the same issue recently though with a different sport and muscle group. Stretching works, but if it’s already aching, then stretching is probably too late. :) It’s hard to say how much another person’s muscles hurt but if it’s really painful then ample amounts rest is the only cure. If the pain is only slight then biking more can take it away too. Some people also take magnesium pills but I haven’t tried so I can’t say if they work.

  • Skelle

    If your pain is muscle related, I would not worry too much. Water, magnesium and vit C should get you through. Take it easy for a bit, and you may want to focus on a higher rotation speed rather than pushing your pedals too hard. Rest, as in do not cycle at all, is not necessary I think.

    If your pain is tendon related, or something else, that’s another glass of beer. In that case: rest or get more advise.

    Good luck!

  • Thanks for the comments, I’ve already gone with a higher cadence since the beginning and I don’t think the problems come from there. Also, I wouldn’t say that there’s pain, just a matter of endurance then I guess. I’ll also have to try the magnesium, since I don’t think my multivitamin’s have enough of that then.

    Ergonomics are good (especially with a shorter stem coming soon), so it’s all about actual muscles working too much ;)

  • Skelle

    Markus, I just had this post coming in, you need foam rolling :)

    http://blog.bikeridr.com/2010/09/no-pain-no-gain-injury-prevention-and-the-foam-roller/

  • It seems I do, thanks Pascal!

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