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    Let's do a Century jppe's Avatar
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    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.
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    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.
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    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?

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    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.
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    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.
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    Let's do a Century jppe's Avatar
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    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.
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    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.....

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    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.
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