I am still very new to cycling-- Here's my 1st post for more information on that:
So here I am 15 days since getting my bike and I've already logged over 100 miles! I never ride for less than 8-10 miles (which is my norm) and have hit 20 in a single ride, too! Not too shabby for a little overweight 29 y/o who hasn't done any exercise in 10-12 years! I have been riding every other day and sometimes back to back, all in temperatures over 100°.
So back on topic-- I've noticed that my main soreness and burning feeling isn't in my legs, but in my knees! When I'm riding and after I'm done my knees are always pretty red and that's where my main pain comes from. Is this normal (the redness and/or the pain mainly in my knees and not my legs)? When I'm on a climb and sucking air badly, it's my knees that are screaming in pain, not my legs. Even now after the ride, sure my legs are a little tired, but my knees feel much more sore.
I have never had any issues with my knees in my life-- I've never torn anything, never had any surgery or sprains, etc. But in the last 5 or so years, my knees have always bothered me quite a bit. An example would be if I have to squat down on my feet or drop to my knees to do something, my knees have always started burning up and hurting.
So, without going to a doctor, do you think the issue is my knees? If so, do you think it's just because I haven't been exercising or that I may be developing arthritis or something similar? Is this a common problem with Clydes? If it's just me, I am super bummed because that means that although every other part of me can ride longer and faster, my knees simply won't let me which really upsets me.
Thanks in advance for any replies! I really think regardless that I'm a cycler for life. I really, really enjoy the sport and am loving everything about it (weight loss, getting fit, the suntan, etc.)!