I'll preface this by saying, yes I know, I should talk to a doctor but I thought I'd run it by all you folks first.
I ride pretty much daily and I typically ride pretty hard. I live in the mountains so it is hard to avoid climbs and I generally hammer them out of the saddle much of the time. In fact that's my favorite part of most rides. I take very little time for recovery or stretching but I've always been that way. So, no surprise at 50+, I have some extreme muscle soreness inside my right thigh which occasionally radiates an arthritic type of pain down the leg. It is very tender and feels bruised. I've finally decided I better take some time off. Part of the problem may be the right leg compensating for the left which has had a couple hip replacements. Also, it doesn't hurt at all on the bike which I find strange. That may be another reason for the problem. I don't have any pain which would immediately make me back off. I've been able to ride on.
Anyway, the question. Have any of you experienced this feeling of tender bruised muscles. When you do, do you take time off or focus more on warm up and stretching? Do you ice them, massage them, heat them? Rub on some pre ride warm up stuff maybe?
At our age, do you worry some of these aches and pains are just gonna stay with you forever and you just have to learn to live with it? I know I worry a bit that something could happen physically that would keep me off the bike and I really can't bear the thought of that. I bet a lot of you are the same.
So there ya go, a whole bunch of issues dealing with age and pain. Please discuss.