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 03-22-13, 07:25 PM   #1
jppe
Let's do a Century
Thread Starter
 
jppe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: North Carolina
Bikes: Pinarello Prince/Campy SR; Cervelo R3/Sram Red; Trek 5900/Duraace, Cervelo P2C/Duraace
Posts: 6,547
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 26 Post(s)
My body is falling apart.........

After the 7000 ft of climbing two weekends ago and a 93 miler this past weekend my body spoke to me very loudly about backing off a bit. The climbing ride was the first longer climbing ride on the R3 and some of my aches afterwards were enough to where I needed to make some minor adjustments on the setup. My knee acted up so I lowered the seat 5 mm and also adjusted the cleat on my shoe since it was just one knee. Having the seat a little higher plus pushing harder gears also caused my lower back to have issues. I reexamined my setup and put most of the dimensions the same as the bike I'd been using for longer climbing rides as I knew those measurements worked for me. I also lowered the bars about 15 mm.

Plus, to make matters worse the knot on one of my sitbones reappeared after several years of hibernation. It is just a little smaller than a golf ball and makes sitting on a saddle very uncomfortable. It is a very hard knot that will actually slide around a little so you have to adjust your seated position to get is squished over to the side of the sitbone. A few years ago I had a MRI and saw one of the top "lump/cancer" specialist in the SE and he said he felt like it caused by riding and to just take some time off. I did that and it got very small and also very manageable.

I didn't ride this week and the back and knee felt much better---still a little sensation but if I can make myself do my stretches my back pain should be an afterthought. The knot while not going away got small enough to try riding again.

I did a 60 miler today with 6400 feet of climbing with a number of steeper sections. I hit grades as high as 15% and had a 3 mile section that was 11%-13% and my knee and back didn't bark at me very much at all after the ride. Hopefully the changes I've made will eliminate the pain. Knee pain will derail you about as fast as anything on longer rides.

The R3 is a great climber. It certainly helps to have a few pounds off the bike weight so I'm sure that's part of it. I'm getting more used to the SRAM shifters and not over shifting into easier gears.

After the ride I had this green lime drink with tequila.........haven't felt any pains since.
__________________
Ride your Ride!!
jppe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-13, 07:34 PM   #2
Biker395 
Seat Sniffer
 
Biker395's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: SoCal
Bikes: 2008 Scott CR1 Pro; 2006 Schwinn Fastback Pro and 1996 Colnago Decor Super C96; 2003 Univega Alpina 700; 2000 Schwinn Super Sport
Posts: 3,684
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 49 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jppe View Post
After the ride I had this green lime drink with tequila.........haven't felt any pains since.
Atta boy! That is my favorite recovery drink.

That knot on your sitbones is disturbing. I've never heard of such a thing. Is it some kind of cyst?

BTW: Your title for this thread really resonated with me. To paraphrase a quote from a Simpson's episode ... I'm falling apart like a Chinese motorcycle.
__________________
Proud parent of a happy inner child ...
www.photo395.com
Biker395 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-13, 09:12 PM   #3
overthehillmedi
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Nanaimo.B.C. The We't coast of Canada
Bikes:
Posts: 1,287
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Listen to the bod, its got to last you the rest of your life.
overthehillmedi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-13, 09:35 PM   #4
big john
Senior Member
 
big john's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: In the foothills of Los Angeles County
Bikes:
Posts: 11,524
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
I know what you are talking about. Lots of aches and pains after a few weeks of hard rides, bit tired, too. I hate to back off for fear of losing hard won gains. Would be eaisier if I didn't have to work. Anybody want to support me?
big john is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-13, 11:59 PM   #5
stapfam
Time for a change.
 
stapfam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
Posts: 19,915
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Century rides up mountains and I am not surprised you are feeling it. But interesting to hear about the minor adjustments easing things though. I have to get riding this summer but being a woose- my re-training is at the gym. not the best thing to do but I know the back and knees are feeling the benefit even if I am not. I would just love to have a day when I could fill up the camelback and just ride for a day going nowhere. Except for me it would only involve 4,000ft of climbing at the most but it could be from 30 miles upwards to get that in. That is if the weather doesn't get in the way first.
__________________
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.


Spike Milligan
stapfam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-13, 06:22 AM   #6
GeorgeBMac
Senior Member
 
GeorgeBMac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: 2012 Trek DS 8.5 all weather hybrid, 2008 LeMond Poprad cyclocross, 1992 Cannondale R500 roadbike
Posts: 2,061
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
"Doctor! Doctor! It hurts when I raise my arm like this!"

"OK, we can fix that. Stop raising your arm like that!"
... "That'll be $100 please. Next!"

GeorgeBMac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-13, 07:00 AM   #7
BluesDawg
just keep riding
 
BluesDawg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Milledgeville, Georgia
Bikes: 2015 Specialized AWOL Comp frameset (custom build), 2015 Zukas custom road, 2014 Specialized Crave Pro 29, 2003 KHS Milano Tandem, 1986 Nishiki Cadence rigid MTB, 1980ish Fuji S-12S
Posts: 13,248
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 33 Post(s)
Heck, jppe, sometimes my body aches just from reading your ride reports with all those fast centuries in the mountains!

I hope all goes well after your adjustments and rest.
BluesDawg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-13, 07:02 AM   #8
jppe
Let's do a Century
Thread Starter
 
jppe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: North Carolina
Bikes: Pinarello Prince/Campy SR; Cervelo R3/Sram Red; Trek 5900/Duraace, Cervelo P2C/Duraace
Posts: 6,547
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 26 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Biker395 View Post
That knot on your sitbones is disturbing. I've never heard of such a thing. Is it some kind of cyst?
It's not a cyst. It's deep down under the skin in the tissue just above the bone. agree it's strange. Today that area is pretty sore but the hard knot has diminished. My guess is I had the seat too high which put a lot of pressure and rubbing on that sit bone---plus a new saddle that is getting broken in.
__________________
Ride your Ride!!
jppe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-13, 07:57 AM   #9
Dudelsack 
A might bewildered...
 
Dudelsack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Loovul
Bikes: Bacchetta Giro ATT 26; Lemond Buenos Aires
Posts: 6,345
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jppe View Post
It's not a cyst. It's deep down under the skin in the tissue just above the bone. agree it's strange. Today that area is pretty sore but the hard knot has diminished. My guess is I had the seat too high which put a lot of pressure and rubbing on that sit bone---plus a new saddle that is getting broken in.
There was a lengthy thread about this, either on the 41 or in the T&N forum. Let's see if we can find it.....
__________________
Signature line for rent.
Dudelsack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-13, 08:04 AM   #10
Dudelsack 
A might bewildered...
 
Dudelsack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Loovul
Bikes: Bacchetta Giro ATT 26; Lemond Buenos Aires
Posts: 6,345
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It might have been this one: http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/in.../t-862771.html
__________________
Signature line for rent.
Dudelsack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-13, 04:17 PM   #11
jppe
Let's do a Century
Thread Starter
 
jppe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: North Carolina
Bikes: Pinarello Prince/Campy SR; Cervelo R3/Sram Red; Trek 5900/Duraace, Cervelo P2C/Duraace
Posts: 6,547
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 26 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
I noticed that I had responded to that one back in December. Interestingly mine will go away if I don't ride. Right now that's just not an option.
__________________
Ride your Ride!!
jppe 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 09:54 PM.