Is it normal to have a certain level of discomfort when first starting?
I just got a bike a week and a half ago. I'm a big guy but I am in what I would consider above-average aerobic condition from rowing. I've never really ridden a bike before, especially not for distance or exercise.
So far I am loving it. I have done a 50 miler and am going to do a metric century and then train for a real century.
My question has to do with discomfort/pain, and whether or not they are expected for a guy like me (I expect that I'm jumping into extremely high volume for a true beginner), or if I should look into my fit.
Specifically my feet are going numb and my elbows hurt on the inner side. My low back hurts a little bit too. I was getting some pain above my knee cap on one leg but after jacking with my cleat a bit that seems to have gone away.
Mostly it all goes away within minutes of getting off the bike. There may be some residual pain in the elbows for a few hours but everything is 100% the day after.
The feet are the primary concern. Everything else I think I can deal with. The numbness seems to go away within 5 minutes of getting off the bike. For now I just stop every 10 miles. But I would like to be less frequent with stops.
When I bought the bike, the guy set it up on the trainer and had me ride it and made fit adjustments. It took a long time and he seemed to know what he was doing. Particularly I had an issue with knee alignment and specialized Body Geometry shoes were selected, which have some kind of wedge in them that puts stuff back in the right place.
In case it matters I have:
Specialized BG Comp Mountain shoes on SPD pedals adjusted to 50% float
padded lycra shorts and gloves (not sure if this is relevant to the issues)
Basically I'm just wondering if it is normal to expect things like this after going from zero to 50mi in a week and a half, or if I should look into fit issues? Is this a stupid question?
Last edited by fianchetto; 09-06-10 at 09:12 AM.