Hi. I have a fitness-nutrition-related problem concerning my road bike rides. After my workouts (which last between 35 minutes and 1 1/2 hours, 10 - 20 miles) everyu muscle in my body feels strange. Stiff, "
floating," not right. I feel as if I need to rub them, massage them very hard for a long time to feel better, or to jump up and down to feel more "grounded." Hot baths do not work. I drink gatorade during and after, Endurox as well. I eat soon after riding. Nothing helps. I become depressed and angry, feel terrible discomfort and cannot sleep.
I also notice that I cannot seem to absorb the water I drink. I drink a lot the night after the ride. And it seems to go right through me. My insides feel water-deprived, even though I drink plenty.
The only thing that has helped, was getting an awesome hour -long zen-shiatsu massage the day after. I felt much better that next night.
Does anyone know what I am doing wrong. Is there a vitamin I need, or a technique I need to avoid this? I do not ride too hard. Maybe Avg speed 14-16 mph. I consciously take it easy. I warm up. I stretch. IO warm down for 5 minutes at the end by going at an easier pace. I stretch after. I stretch again several hours later, and again before bedding.
I suppose this has to do with lactic buildup. But please note, my muscles do not "burn." They are not necesarily "sore." It's that they "float." My whole body very subtly "buzzes." They are in a locked, fixed state of stiffness and are thirsty. I cannot seem to feed them their required water.
If you have advice, I would greatly appreciate it.
Gabe in San Diego