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The thumb pain is related to too much shifting. Switch to a single speed and this will eleviate all your problems.
J/k, you may be sitting with too much weight on your hands. A lot of newbies do this. Try shifting your weight to your butt. This will take the weight off your arms. This will also work your abs more.
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