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quad pain hiking down hill - could this be related to commuting too much?

Old 06-12-18, 02:17 AM
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Recurrent leg pain

I am also a fellow sufferer of these severe cramps in my quads after rest days. Itís going to sound strange but I believe humans have been forgotten. I believe through my own research that many cyclists (other exercisers as well) have a metabolic muscle disease discovered in horses 30 years ago called polysaccharide storage myopathy causing recurrent Rhabdomyolysis. I am in the process of trying to prove it and am wanting everybody who suffers severe excruciating cramps, swollen muscles, so tender you can barely touch them let alone walk, a few days after you havenít exercised to contact me. I am onto it.
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Glad I found this thread and impressed it has been going on for almost 9 years. My experiences with quad pain are the same as others in this thread. Here are my observations. For context I am a competitive triathlete, biking 100+ miles per week, running 20-40 and swimming.

1. Pain always occurs after two or three days rest, and only when going down stairs or down hills. A few years ago I ran the Boston Marathon, the first 2 miles are mostly downhill and I was "training" through the race, meaning I rode a few days before and then took a few days off for travel. Despite being in excellent shape I walked 25 miles after having both quads fail by mile two.

2. Pain is always in the quads, and almost always effects both. It will "float" and does not cause muscle contractions. Stretching helps a little, walking backwards down stairs helps. It does not feel like a muscle cramp, I have had many exercise induced muscle cramps and DOMS, this is definitely different.

3. It definitely gets worse after long plane flight or sickness. Dehydration seems to play a role.

4. Warming up properly may eliminate the issue. I have never had an issue during a triathlon (run last) despite traveling far for races and not exercising.

Because I bike as much as I run I have never correlated the pain to one activity. As others have said I suspect stretching and cross-training are likely the best remedy. I would be curious to know if there are specific stretches anyone has found particularly effective? Additionally, are there cross-training workouts that work? Has anyone had success in intentionally warming up or increasing bloodflow?
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better now

After bike commuting for 25 years, I retired last year and now do fewer miles per week on the bike at a lower intensity. I no longer suffer from these leg pains as I did from 2008 through 2017. So, I still think the cause is when muscles have scar tissue from hard work (biking) and that scar tissue then causes the subsequent pain when using the muscles in a different way like walking downhill, etc..
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As another data point, not a youngster either, I get the eccentric muscle pain the day after a particularly long run or sprint intervals (running). I don't really see it arising from cycling, unless you're riding fixed? Probably the weekend hiking is the culprit, not the cycling.

For me, it always goes away after another workout.
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