Join Date: Jan 2009
Bikes: More than 1, but, less than S-1
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I have experienced improve cycling workouts in the past, if I stopped and stretched after the first 5-10 minutes. But, I rarely do that anymore. (shoulder shrug) Don't know why I don't.
After rides both Mrs. Fred and I try to go through the basic schedule of calf, quad, hamstring and whatever else feels tight or like it could benefit from some attention. Since we also both suffer from lumbar issues we have a schedule of back stretches and poses that we participate in on a daily basis.
With regard to any of the stretches being "cycling specific", they aren't. They're the same stretches for each muscle that we would use for other activities. There are often times multiple ways to stretch the same muscle or muscle group. For instance, stretching quads while standing vs on the trainer. There are a ton of different hamstring stretches. Determine which work best for you and your circumstances.
And, by the way, there is no shortage of information that either challenges or affirms the usefullness of stretching as it relates to sporting performance. But, both the Mrs. and I feel better when we do, so we do.
Birth Certificate, Passport, Marriage License Driver's License and Residency Permit all say I'm a Fred. I guess there's no denying it.