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Old 05-08-14, 09:14 AM   #1
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Early season aches & pains

Is it just me, or does anyone else suffer from some form of aches and/or pains when the spring riding begins? Seems every year as I ride back into form I suffer lower back aches, and stiff and sore knees. I live in a somewhat hilly area, so I really can't do any "flat" rides. I am guessing it is the slow turn of the pedals as I grind my way up the hills that is causing my discomfort. And also carrying the "few" extra pounds I seem to find every winter!
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Yup. Just get out there and ride.
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Being a Fl. resident has certain advantages. WDW Resident Discount is one and so is year round riding.

Keep on pounding out the miles and the pains will melt away just like the snow.
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Yup. Just get out there and ride.
There you go.
Lower gears early in the season may help some.
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Focusing on higher cadence rather the pushing harder gears seems to help early on. There are days I give up the big ring and just ride in the small (compact crank). My lower back is bothering me more this year, making me wonder if I'll ever feel in shape this summer.
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My lower back is bothering me more this year, making me wonder if I'll ever feel in shape this summer.
^^ This! ^^
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Stack on the protein (several 25gr servings via meals and supps), get your rest and listen to your body. I find that my body will go further than my mind's sensory feedback system will allow me.

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The ONLY way I know to avoid early season achesand pains is to eliminate the early season entirely with at least some winter riding, either indoors or out as necessary.

I used to spend over a month every year getting back to where I was the prior summer. Since I started year round (not so much in 2014) commuting, I find I can pretty much pick up where I left off, sparing the annual rebuild process.
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I wish it was just early season aches & pains. The problems come in when it's also mid and late season aches & pains.

The pains don't always melt away but it still helps the mind and the body getting out and riding.
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I wish it was just early season aches & pains. The problems come in when it's also mid and late season aches & pains.

The pains don't always melt away but it still helps the mind and the body getting out and riding.
Welcome to the world of aging. I never had anything worse than early season leg cramps until I went out of warranty (50yrs). Then I started to learn anatomy as various body parts introduced themselves. Fortunately, I'm still 100% original at 65, but I know that won't last forever.
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I'm still having the early season butt soreness. I've concluded that one 60 mile ride per week is not enough to toughen up the butt.

Fortunately, it only hurts for the first 10 minutes of the ride.
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I'm wondering if mine will ever toughen up. Same thing happens for me, mild pain under my right sitz bone and it mostly disappears after a half hour or so. Never get to the point where my saddle disappears entirely though and I'm very happy with my saddle after the fourth try. I rode all winter so can't blame it on lack of miles.
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