joint pain during the ride
This summer I have slowly increased the frequency and duration of my rides and now I do two 32 mile rides every week, plus some smaller rides. On these longer rides, my arms where they join the shoulder blades and my elbow joints start hurting. I work the joints while riding so that they're not stuck in one position (which worsens the pain), but it still isn't enough. The pain disappears soon after the ride is over. I am sure this is a pretty common type of pain, and wondering what you guys do about it. I do not want to take Advil. I would like to build my endurance by next summer to do a century and I dont want to be on pain killers to do that. Please share your thoughts. Thanks.
Some riders on road bikes will curl their back while riding. Others try to keep their back straight by a slight move up of their head and chest. That move is suppose to save your shoulders and middle back. It may not be the most aerodynamic, but it might save your back. During most of the time on longer rides, you're not on the drops so there is no need to be curled. I learned this from my bike fitter who also happens to be a coach.
I am actually on a mountain bike with sleeks and I have Nashbar trekking handlebars, so I dont have very aerodynamic curled up position.