Hello and good morning!
New cyclist here, and I need some help/advice. I got my first road bike about two months ago after not having ridden a bike in any seriousness for upwards of a decade. I got it off craigslist and did only nominal fitting (adjusting the seat to the height that I thought felt best) and have been riding it around town without problems ever since. I'd say on average I was putting in 5-10mi each day, going to and from work and maybe running an errand or two. Again, no issues with pain or anything, despite my knowing that the seat on the bike was more of a racing seat than a commuter seat.
Fast forward to a little over a week ago (June 21st) and I decide to go on my first long ride with some friends. It was about 70 miles of mostly flat paths, punctuated by brief stops every 10-15 miles or so and then a 1hr stop at the 35mi mark for lunch. I was wearing shorts and spandex (not bike shorts - spandex) and didn't think too much of it. Well, looks like I made a mistake there.
I've had some numbness in the nether regions since then. It's not as bad as the first day, but it's certainly noticeable. No impairment in function, but I don't know if this is "normal" in the sense of you-did-something-dumb-and-now-you're-paying-for-it or if I may have really damaged something. No long rides since, of course, but I've done my normal 5-10mi a day still.
So that brings me here - what's the next course of action? Did I really mess up to the point that I need to go to the doctor, or is this just what happens when a new cyclist makes some dumb decisions about seat choice and shorts? Should I just get off my bike for a few weeks and catch some R&R?
Thanks in advance.