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Old 03-24-12, 07:10 PM
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The manner in which we condition our muscles are training specific. In cycling, we push down on the peddles which shortens the quads as it contracts known as concentric contraction. Running down hill lengthens the quads as they contract known as eccentric contraction. Since cycling does not condition the quads in an eccentric manner, they get overworked while running downhill with resultant pain from the muscles' micro tear injuries.
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