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    Self Massage - How hard and how often?

    I've been a bike commuter for about 3 years (100 miles per week) along with a few charity centuries thrown in during late summer. I rode approx 5000 miles last year. For the past couple of months my quads have just been exhausted. Even today, the last day of a week long vacation with NO bike, my quads are tired. They just don't seem to be recovering. I'm 41 and in no way a racer.

    A couple of days ago I purchased a roller massager (http://www.pro-tecathletics.com/5703...-Massager.html) to hopefully aid recovering (healing?) but the instruction booklet really contains no practical use info. Who uses this (or The Stick or similar)?

    How often should I use this and how much pressure should I apply during use?

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    stretch, up your water intake, lots of protein, and other supplements as maybe need, my usual week consist of mma 5 days a week, heavy weights 3 days some running and when i can lately (take a bit of a hiatus off the bike) a short trip on the bike. if my protein intake drops i feel like crap, proteins not going to make you bulk up but if your legs are getting a workout it will help them recover a lot

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    if you start to go blind...stop

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    Same thing if you start growing hair on your palms.

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    giggity...

    Seriously though, anyone here use a massage roller?

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    Take a week off or a hot bath before you stretch. Hot yoga is also good.
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    just do a youtube search for "foam roller" or "massage roller".

    This one seems pretty good:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KE5na...eature=related
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    use the roller. it will feel like death when you first use it, but over time the pain reduces to a sever torture type of pain, but it does help.
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    Homedics make a great one. Been using this for a few years now and it really works.

    Also, not painful.

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    Foam rolling the quads is terribly painful, but the benefits are well worth it. Same goes for the ITB's and stretching out the back.
    Ride more, worry less, harden the F**k up.

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    This thread has serious potential.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
    This thread has serious potential.
    Yea 2 out of 10 replies addressed the question.

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    I have something like this at home:

    https://www.thestick.com/cgi-bin/com...on&key=SG-2000

    I'm just not able to put enough pressure on it, not sure why, so I enlist the aid of my kids.

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    I'm married, so I self massage quite often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elkootcho View Post
    ...

    How often should I use this and how much pressure should I apply during use?
    Well, uh, normally that's my girlfriend's job. But I prefer often...and quite a lot of pressure.

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    use Pedros bike lust....

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    Um, well .... I get my wife to do that
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    Quote Originally Posted by Commodus View Post
    Well, uh, normally that's my girlfriend's job. But I prefer often...and quite a lot of pressure.
    its good to know that your girlfriend's job is relieving painful loads and giving massages. however, i think OP is seeking primary accounts, not secondary.

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    FWIW, I use the big black one; it's thicker, longer and much more dense. The small white one doesn't always fit my needs.
    Ride more, worry less, harden the F**k up.

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    i heard if you massage yourself with your non-dominant hand it feels better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coasting View Post
    i heard if you massage yourself with your non-dominant hand it feels better.
    Some people like to sit on their off hand first and let it fall asleep. Sometimes truth is STRANGER than fiction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blcknspo0ln View Post
    FWIW, I use the big black one; it's thicker, longer and much more dense. The small white one doesn't always fit my needs.
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    the stick works pretty good. never used a foam roller.

    stretching should be done lightly and briefly pre-ride, and more extensively post-ride. but the key is never overstretch. if stretching hurts, you're doing it wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColinL View Post
    if stretching hurts, you're doing it wrong.
    Also if a foam roller doesn't hurt. You're doing it wrong.

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