I'm having a spotty year for bike riding. After coming off a pretty good year in 2010 with PB in weekly mileage (300+) and monthly mileage (1000+), I am struggling to get saddle time and miles this year for a variety of reasons.
In particular, I'm having trouble keeping my butt in condition to ride my typical distances of 40-70 miles. I'm good for a metric, then can't sit on the saddle for a week because the soft tissue around my sitbones is too sore (ergo the title of the thread).
I suspect that my brain wants to ride what it's used to doing but my body is not up to the task. And just when I start to get some miles in, something comes up that takes me off the bike for a while and my butt (amongst other things) loses its conditioning again.
What do you guys do to condition your butt so you can ride without it being so painful? Should I just do shorter distances for a while and force my brain to adjust to that reality?
This is really a PITA (pun intended.)