Hi there, just discovered this site and it aeems to be quite impressive. Anyway, I'm 37 and just started to get back into riding after 10 years. I ride a Pianarello road bike. Here is my problem:
I burn out, instantly. I'm actually a little worried. Don't really know if it would be considered normall. I know you cant just jump on the bike and run the Tour De France but this is ridiculous. 6' 1" and a little over weight by about 15 pounds. The problem is my legs. I have know power and no stamina, and I can barely maintain 20 Kph on level grade. Then if I hit the slightest incline, I mean an incline thats barely noticeable and I have to switch down to the lowest gear, and almost coming to a stand still. The top of my thighs are just burning in pain along with the sides of my thighs about 5 inch's back of the knee. This occurs if I hit any incline or try and put any power into the pedals. It took me 40 painfull minutes to ride 12 km's. I'm not obese by any mains, I still look fit but I'm out of gas from the start. The burn in the legs is to the point of not being able to pedal no matter how hard I try. This burn is only there while pedaling with any force. If I'm off the bike I'm fine and theres no carry over into the next day or even hours after. It's that lactic acid burn by the way. The kind you would feel in your arms or chest after a heavy gym workout.
I'd love some advice if you have any. I'm a little worried.
P.s: I should add that I'm riding with the Look Clipless Pedal sysytem. I dont't know if thats adding to the problem or just making the riding more disciplined