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Old 01-16-14, 09:32 AM   #1
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Infrequent (Outdoor) Winter Cycling - "really" sore :-(

I avoid cycling when it's below -15c, very windy, or when the road conditions are really bad. When it's like this, I ride indoors on a trainer. Thanks to better weather I've been out twice this week. My question is whether any of you feel like crap the days after an uptick in outdoor winder cycling vs time spent on trainer or not cycling?

I've been a cyclist for years and realize my question is a bit silly (like saying, if you go from doing little to doing a lot of course you're going to be sore), but I've done this in the past and it's not hurt as much as it has the last couple of days. Plus, this year I've been swimming 3-4 times a week and I thought this would help the core, shoulders/arms, etc. However, after riding Sunday and Tuesday, both for 1:30 with climbing (have only been riding 45-60 minutes indoors, twice a week), I woke up on Wednesday extremely sore in the neck and shoulders.

Was wondering if any of you have experienced this, and maybe whether it's worse in winter due to the cold, additional layers, etc...

Thanks.
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I've been having a lazy winter (only 1-2 a week instead of 3-5), and my legs/core are def. worse off than usual the days after my commutes.
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I avoid cycling when it's below -15c, very windy, or when the road conditions are really bad. When it's like this, I ride indoors on a trainer. Thanks to better weather I've been out twice this week. My question is whether any of you feel like crap the days after an uptick in outdoor winder cycling vs time spent on trainer or not cycling?

I've been a cyclist for years and realize my question is a bit silly (like saying, if you go from doing little to doing a lot of course you're going to be sore), but I've done this in the past and it's not hurt as much as it has the last couple of days. Plus, this year I've been swimming 3-4 times a week and I thought this would help the core, shoulders/arms, etc. However, after riding Sunday and Tuesday, both for 1:30 with climbing (have only been riding 45-60 minutes indoors, twice a week), I woke up on Wednesday extremely sore in the neck and shoulders.

Was wondering if any of you have experienced this, and maybe whether it's worse in winter due to the cold, additional layers, etc...

Thanks.
All of those indoor activities will keep your cardio up, which is a good thing, but not the same thing as riding as you would on your commute. Unless you have an advanced trainer with programs such as hills, the trainer might not work you as hard as winter commuting would. Also, I have noticed (but I'm not the first one to do so) that training is not the same thing as the real thing. For example, lifting weights and then going out and lifting bales of hay: you could be surprisingly tired and sore even though you might think that they are the same. Also, if you're doing 45-60 min on the trainer and then 90 min outdoors with climbing, you're going to need to work harder and longer for the outdoor ride than perhaps the trainer can do for you.
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Thanks for confirming my thoughts...lazy winter of a couple rides
a week isn't enough and I need to find more opportunities to ride outside.
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