Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint
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I do a quick series of stretches every time I use the rest room in the morning at work, that's 2-3 times because I run 2 miles on treadmill at my gym every day at lunchtime. A single quickie stretch before a workout doesn't seem to be enough.
I'll check out your video link because I'm always looking to improve my habits. I believe that if you adopt some habits of successful people you will be a little closer to their success.
I have an anecdote about stretching and warm ups. One day last year it was raining but it was my selected day to commute (17 miles). I was nervous about the ride in the rain storm and rushed out of the house without my usual stretching routine. During the ride I took no breaks and felt desperate to make good time and keep up with traffic and pedaled harder than usual. I was cold, my muscles were cold. One leg felt stiff when I got to work, and it was stiff all day including on the ride home. I had an uncomfortable night's sleep due to the leg and the next morning I lifted the toilet seat with my foot. As I raised my leg my hamstring went into an awfully painful spasm, like a cramp, but in the back of my thigh. I had to forcibly use my arms to straighten the leg and massage it. There was a huge bulge in the back of my thigh. It took a long time to massage it down to the point where I could walk. In a couple of days I developed a huge black and blue mark just behind my knee but above it. I had pulled a hamstring. There are different levels of damage that you do to a hamstring including tearing it. I guess I was lucky. To this day that leg can stretch further than the other.
Needless to say I am very conscientious about stretching now. When I bike, I start easy and after a while I feel warmed up and stretched and so I feel more confident about getting into it and hitting it hard. The older I get the more careful I am and the protective I am.