I've been car free for over a year now, doing the same basic short (8 mile rt) commute every day for five days a week plus a longer trip for supplies on the weekend. I get about one day off the bike a week, but my routes are far from the most brutal. The commute has a canyon I have to go down and come up both directions, and that gets tiring. But what I can't understand is why no matter how much stronger I get I'm STILL sore just about all the time. I take basic supplements for the joints and vitamins and eat a high protein, high fruit diet. I don't think I'm wanting for anything in that respect. I've started doing a little more hatha yoga stretching and while that does help eliminate low back spasms and knee pain--along with any periodic sprains or strains--it doesn't seem to do anything to stop the general muscle soreness.
I'm at my wits end, and tired of being exhausted. Any and all suggestions, no matter how crazy, would be welcome. Thanks!