Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Hollister, CA
Bikes: Volagi, daVinci Joint Venture
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Glutes and Hamstrings Feeling Tight
This past several months I've been riding the single exclusively and doing more climbing. Most of the climbing is in the saddle with standing only on steep (13+% or so) pitches. My cadence will almost never drop below 60 on climbs and only then when I'm in my lowest gear (30-30) on steep pitches and depending on a combination of fatigue and the length of the ride.
Generally, I feel good after a ride, even one that might have 70 ft./mile of climbing, but I've notice that my glutes and hamstrings have been getting tight; twice I've crouched to pet the dog (I should get a bigger dog) and with a leg stretch out behind me started to get a hamstring cramp. This tightness wasn't the case in 5 years of riding the tandem; I'd cramp on long, hard rides, but that would be due to extreme muscle overuse when climbing.
Any thoughts on what's bringing on this tightness?
I don't think my position has changed, but the setback required on my Adamo saddle does give the impressing of sitting further forward; I don't believe this to be the case, however.
The riding, itself, is fine. I'm getting stronger and recently recorded a PR
on a 2 mile, 9% climb (VAM 823, 5.7 mph); while that's no great shakes I'm 68, 195 lbs so I'm not complaining.