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It's not really training but only routine, but why leg fatigue

Old 09-03-16, 05:53 PM
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It's not really training but only routine, but why leg fatigue

I had squatted for hours almost everyday for a year when gardening, so my knees had hurt badly. Then, I gardened a little less and kneel-ed down, instead of squatting. Although my knees did not hurt for 4-5 years. They started getting very tired when I started riding bicycle as a routine.

I have biked almost 4 days straight for an hour each, walked 40 minutes with regular pace and steps for one day, ridden about 4-5 hours one day, and then walked again for 20 minutes for one day.

I know that I am supposed to rest for one or two days, yet I thought that walking with regular pace was just like taking a break. It's been about 2 years now ever since I started the biking routine. Not only are my knees tired but also my entire legs. Squatting down created a discomfort sensation. I feel the discomfort even when I go upstairs on the staircase.

I really don't think I am overtraining. Fibromyalgia does not seem to fit my condition exactly. At this point, I am not sure what I am having. Please shed some light? Thanks
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Old 09-03-16, 06:15 PM
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Squatting and or kneeling for hours at a time can cause permanent damage. How much do you weigh? Never mind all that. Take a break and go see a doctor then report back.
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Old 09-03-16, 06:50 PM
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I think you are having a tired. I'm a geezer. Sometimes I can't remember the last time my legs didn't hurt and I've been training fairly steadily for 20 years.

It's not clear to me if you've been riding exactly this amount for the past 2 years or whether it's been 2 years since you rode routinely. In any case, 4-5 hours is a longish bike ride. Adding it up, I get 9-10 hours of exercise this past week. Is that right? How many hours/week in the previous 3 weeks?

Do your legs hurt on the bike or only off the bike?

I suggest doing these stretches every day. Not first thing in the morning, just sometime during the day when it's convenient: https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycli...l#post15372967
That might help; good idea even if it doesn't offer immediate relief.

Back in my working life, I spent many days working on my knees all day long. Yeah, they started to hurt. That's all gone now. The bike has apparently rehabbed them.

At what cadence do you commonly pedal? 90-100 rpm on the flat is what's recommended, 75-85 when climbing. That makes quite a difference in knee and leg discomfort.
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Old 09-03-16, 07:09 PM
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Yes, I have ridden the same amount routinely for the past 2 years. My legs feel tired ALL the TIME, on and off bike. I am not sure about the speed I pedal, but I don't do it fast though. Well, I ride on trails with a hybrid, which cannot let me ride fast anyway

Thanks for the streching link
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Old 09-03-16, 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted by chueh1 View Post
Yes, I have ridden the same amount routinely for the past 2 years. My legs feel tired ALL the TIME, on and off bike. I am not sure about the speed I pedal, but I don't do it fast though. Well, I ride on trails with a hybrid, which cannot let me ride fast anyway

Thanks for the streching link
Get a cyclometer which has cadence. Cateye computers are quite inexpensive. It's not speed I'm talking about, it's how fast the pedals go around at any speed. The faster you spin the pedals, the less force there is on them and thus the less strain on your legs. Spinning takes some getting used to. Couple of months, anyway. But it's totally worth working on. I think spinning faster will fix you right up.
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Is your bicycle set up properly for you?
What is your cadence?
Can you post a photo of your bicycle and especially a photo of you on your bicycle?

See article: CYCLING PERFORMANCE TIPS - KNEE PAIN
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Your legs are tired. Take a day off. Walking only makes them more tired.

More activity (of any sort) = more fatigue.

More rest = less fatigue.
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Old 09-04-16, 08:28 AM
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Hard to say when you don't say anything about yourself...
If you ache take a break...
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