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Old 04-18-07, 07:34 AM   #1
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advice for newbie on MS 150 ride in Houston

Never done this ride before...rode 75 miles last Sunday and my back and neck really really hurt. Any advice on how to prepare those areas for the 190 mile bike ride this weekend???? Should I get a massage before it? I'm installing a rest thing on my handlebars so I can lean on them. Doing yoga also....
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Hello stockrob, there are a lot of people who've done this ride, and will be doing this ride--but I'm not one of them . Don't worry, someone will be along to give you some first hand knowledge.

What kind of bike are you riding?

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Howdy stockrob. Welcome to the forum. You'll be seeing me mixed in with the other 12,998 riders on the 150 this weekend.

IMHO, What you are describing might be a bit of bike fit. Given this is the intro section, why don't you jump on over to the Southwest subforum You'll have some Texans (both Aggie and UT) to help you out.

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Old 04-18-07, 08:13 AM   #4
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I'm doing my second MS 150 this weekend. My back didn't really hurt me but my neck did. Try stretching it by turning it side to side while riding. It helped me alot.
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Constantly stretch as you ride. It's easy to just ride for 40 miles... then realize how stiff you are.

If you keep moving, stretching, and changing positions, you'll be alright. Don't expect to feel like a batch of cupcakes... I mean, you are riding 190miles

I have some friends that swear by massages given at the rest stops... not sure if they do neck/back.... only seen leg... but I think they will.
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You get your legs in shape by cycling. To make the cycling more enjoyable on long distances you need to get your upper body in shape too. Do regular push-ups. No need to develop the strength of a weight lifter, but you will be amazed at the difference that a little work on your upper body will do.
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