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Old 07-10-18, 11:12 AM
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In three out of four directions, it's a mile to the start of hills, so warm ups are short.

The worst is a short but brutally steep & technical little hill. Sometimes my back muscles will spasm while going down the other side.



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Old 07-10-18, 11:19 AM
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This is what my commute usually looks like. I take it easy for about a km or so then push it.
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Old 07-10-18, 05:17 PM
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After I reached about 72 I found I have to ride pretty easy for 20 to 30 minutes. Until that time my heart rate will not go over 110 bpm. After that I can hammer with the young guys.
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Old 07-10-18, 09:19 PM
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Originally Posted by John00 View Post
Don't stretch cold muscles, but if you want to, do it after 5-10 miles or after a ride. Stretching hasn't proved to be of any help.
Doesn’t prove to be any help for WHAT? Nothing at all?
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Old 07-10-18, 09:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post

Doesn’t prove to be any help for WHAT? Nothing at all?
Injury rates. Statistically, stretching increases injury rates for some sports as well as causing injuries. I tore a hamstring with static stretching. It'll probably bother me the rest of my life. I still stretch just because it makes me more comfortable in my daily life. However I don't stretch to the extent that I used to. The reason for some increased sport injuries is because it allows joint movements which are contraindicated in some sports. Things can get out of alignment and then bloooey.
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Old 07-11-18, 12:50 AM
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As I stated earlier, I don't stretch. But that's just because I don't really see any advantage to it. I suppose if I were involved in some sport like high-jumping I would regularly stretch since that comes as part of the training.

However, in my daily activities I've never been hindered by the lack of stretching in any way. Still, I would never recommend not stretching to anyone else, particularly anyone that is prone to stiff joints, tight muscles or cramping.
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Old 07-11-18, 07:49 AM
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I just spin a bit faster in a lower gear for the first 10 minutes or so. Then start shifting up until I hit my desired level of perceived effort.
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Old 07-11-18, 08:05 AM
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Light yoga stretching always helps!
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Old 07-11-18, 12:25 PM
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I try to keep my HR no higher than “zone 2”....(150 bpm) for the first 40 minutes....
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