First a little history. I haven't been seriously on a bike in about 15 years. Last September, my wife and I embarked on a fitness program and over the course of 90 days, I lost 30 pounds, down from 218 originally. I still need to drop about 25 pounds, but I figure with celan eating and continuing my exercise program, it will come off in the next few months or so. I did a little cycling on the trainer during this 90 days and starting about 3 weeks ago I moved all my cardio outside on the bike. I still do some upper body resistance workouts and I do about 45 minutes of Yoga twice a week.
So, I'm into week 4 on the bike and I am riding 3-4 rides a week. Two rides average 12-15 miles and one is between 20-25 miles. If I do a fourth, it's typically a short casual recovery type ride with my daughter. I gotta say that I am really enjoying being back on a bike after all these years.
The problem is very sore sit bones. I've read all the threads about proper fit, and proper seat angles, etc... My bike has been fit and adjusted for me by an experienced guy at my LBS. My seat is at the right angle, and height. I sat on the little sizing pad and according to that, my saddle is the right width. I know that this will take time to get used to and some soreness is expected, but I think I am experiencing a little too much soreness. My saddle is the stock saddle that came on my Trek Pilot 5.2 which is a Bontrager Race Light. I do wear good quality bib shorts with excellent padding.
Is it normal to experience pain and should I expect it to continue for a while until my body adjusts to it? Or, should I be looking at a new saddle? On another note, I don't have any issues with numbness down there unless I'm on the trainer and I don't stand enough. This is really an issue with very sore sit bones. The saddle is a bit cushy, and I almost feel like a firmer saddle would offer more support. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks!