Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Somerset, KY -- near Lake Cumberland
Bikes: 1980 Univega; 1985 Ross; 1994 Trek 1400 -- all road bikes
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Stretching and Lactic Acid
I always stretch for five minutes before and after a ride, using yoga positions to stretch hamstrings, quads, etc. I read somewhere (I think in Runner's World) that stretching immediately after strenuous excercise releases (dissipates) lactic acid which has built up in the muscles. Lactic acid, as I understand it, causes soreness and stiffness on the day following excercise. At age 64, this seems to work for me. Stretching is a necessity!