Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-15-11, 11:42 PM   #1
Mobile 155
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Mobile 155's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: So Cal
Bikes: 72-76 Peugeot, 89 Klein Quantum Road Bike,2011 CF Specialized Tarmac road bike. 2013 Haro FL Comp 29er MTB.
Posts: 3,686
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 221 Post(s)
The pain of change

I just got John Howard’s book “Mastering Cycling” and have been reading it for a few days. I got a chance to meet John at this year’s Furnace Creek 508 and having seen his accomplishments decided he might be worth listening to if I wanted to take my riding up a notch. Some of his stretching exercises and weight training may take some getting used to but it will be worth a try.

The section on bike fit was interesting because it duplicated what my professional bike fitter suggested. I was skeptical but I decided to give the suggestions and settings a try. True to what John said setting my bike up and engaging the gluteus muscles more by pointing my toes on the down stroke seemed to give me more power.

However at the end of a rather fast 40 miler with a few rollers and a few sprints I got home and after my shower I had a whole new set of muscles that were sore. My upper core felt more relaxed but my legs were pumped from the waist down.

I realize that over the long run using more muscle groups will make longer rides easier and help with climbing but for now change is painful.
Mobile 155 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-11, 03:50 AM   #2
bruce19
Senior Member
 
bruce19's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Lebanon (Liberty Hill), CT
Bikes: MASI Gran Criterium S, Colnago World Cup CX & Guru steel
Posts: 4,460
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 49 Post(s)
Thanks for the head's up. I will check it out for sure.
bruce19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-11, 09:03 AM   #3
Looigi
Senior Member
 
Looigi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 8,951
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
No pain, no gain.
Looigi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-11, 10:00 AM   #4
AzTallRider 
I need speed
 
AzTallRider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Bikes: Giant Propel, Cervelo P2
Posts: 5,550
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
"If you're not sore, you're losing the war"
__________________
"If you're riding less than 18 MPH up a 2% grade please tell people Coggan is coaching you."
AzTallRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-11, 10:22 AM   #5
BlazingPedals
Senior Member
 
BlazingPedals's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Middle of da Mitten
Bikes: Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, homebuilt recumbent
Posts: 8,904
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 77 Post(s)
Word of warning: pointing the toes feels more powerful, but it causes more stress on the Achilles tendon. An Achilles injury will set your training BACK.
BlazingPedals is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-11, 07:56 PM   #6
Mobile 155
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Mobile 155's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: So Cal
Bikes: 72-76 Peugeot, 89 Klein Quantum Road Bike,2011 CF Specialized Tarmac road bike. 2013 Haro FL Comp 29er MTB.
Posts: 3,686
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 221 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
Word of warning: pointing the toes feels more powerful, but it causes more stress on the Achilles tendon. An Achilles injury will set your training BACK.
I think that may be why he is such a fanatic about stretching and high impact or weight training. He seems to consider flat pedaling or heel drop pedaling lifeless, his words, a problem that keeps you from engaging the lower leg muscles as quickly on the pull stroke. The toe pointing takes place just as you get ready to bottom out. Today I was a lot less sore than Monday. But I will keep an eye out for tendon pain. I know what that feels like.
Mobile 155 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-11, 09:51 AM   #7
bigbadwullf
Senior Member
 
bigbadwullf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: West, Tn.
Bikes:
Posts: 1,763
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
Word of warning: pointing the toes feels more powerful, but it causes more stress on the Achilles tendon. An Achilles injury will set your training BACK.
Don't you mean 'dropping your heel' puts more strain on the Achilles? How can pointing your toes put more strain on the Achilles?
bigbadwullf is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:37 PM.