I'm relatively new to biking and trying to go car free. I never really drove much, as I used to live in Boston, where public transportation was good, and I also lived close enough to my last job to jog the commute. I just moved in March to sprawling Buffalo NY, where I have had to take up biking to get places. After not having biked for maybe 15 years, I started bike commuting in May and have biked my 3.5 mile commute fine.
Last week I also just started going back to school part time, which increases my commute by 5 miles on the 3 days a week that I have class. Well, I was rather fatigued and had a headache by the end of the week. I rested over the entire 3 day Labor Day weekend, and the headache got better but did not completely go away. And now the headache is back, and I have to take Advil to function properly.
Has anyone else gotten headaches from increasing biking mileage or intensity, and how do you fix that? I'm pretty sure it's an exertional headache. I often run, and I do tend to get headaches after long runs and speed sessions. I'm trying to rest when I can, but my schedule is not that flexible as I am bike commuting. Ugh, I'm afraid to take Advil too often for fear of getting addicted, as they say you should take painkillers no more than 3 days a week, but my headache is getting bad.