just another gosling
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Everett, WA
Bikes: CoMo Speedster 2003, Trek 5200, CAAD 9, Fred 2004
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What everyone else said, plus stop taking breaks when your legs hurt. That teaches them the wrong lesson. Instead, focus on your pedaling. Pedal circles. If one muscle (i.e. quad) gets to hurting, pedal with your hams. Relax your legs as you ride and try not to tense up. Instead of stopping, just go slower until the pain stays manageable. Focus on what is causing the pain, and try to change that thing. Heels down, pedal round. When I get exhausted, I'll increase my cadence, which is the opposite of what your body thinks you should do. It's wrong. Be comforted by the thought that if you finish the ride and can still stand and walk, you could have gone harder.
Oh, and check your bike fit. Your saddle may be too low.