I was wondering whether you can cause long-term muscle damage to your legs if you really push yourself beyond your limits.
I'm a pretty consistent rider; in the fall I averaged 120+ miles a week, including some serious hills on teh weekend. I live in the DC area, but over Xmas week, I was visiting my folks in Tucson, and tried to climb Mt. Lemmon -- I made it up 10 miles. It was my first time really climbing a mountain -- it was one of the hardest but best things I've ever done. That said, because my time was running out that week, the next day I went on another tough ride (probably stupidly). Since then, whenever I do a ride of moderate intensity, I start to feel this mild but deep pain in my left quads. I am getting some PT on my IT band which is tight, but this seems different. Does anyone else have an experience like this, and it is not unusual after a really killer event like what I did, for leg pain to linger for over a month? Did I do long-term damage to my muscles?