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mr.b



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 5:43 pm    Post subject: Achy legs Reply with quote

Right guys got back on the bike after more than a decade and after every ride wether it be 5 or 20 miles my legs ache for days

Is there anything (wifey refuses to get me a good rub down) that I can do pre/post ride to help this out
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Chewy.



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Might sound like a stupid question but are you streatching before and after. How long you strestching for and are you hydrated.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I stretch sometimes depends really sometime i just wanna get out the house so hop on and go

Ok will try stretching, now how do you stretch you claves i usually only do quads

I think I'm hydrated enough, usually have a pint of juice before i go take 1 bottle of water and 1 with a hydration tab in it
If there's any left i finish it at home then drink as much water as I need
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Foam roller. Basically does what your missus won't do.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the last starfighter wrote:
Foam roller. Basically does what your missus won't do.


So this will only work for the rub down then? Anythingelse it'll do that wifey wont Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sadly not. Crying or Very sad In fact it's like having Chuck Norris give you a rub down. Hurts like hell. Your legs will feel better after though!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On my phone and it wont let me paste links but if you youtube calf streatches there is loads of videos.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where exactly do your legs hurt ?

Have a read up on bike setup. When I started mountain biking again I got ankle pain down the back of my ankles. Turns out my saddle was too far back. Moved it forward and no pain since.

My road bike gave me back, ankle, knee and seat pain. A new saddle of the right width, putting the saddle at the right height / position, raising the bars a bit means I now ride for hours with no problems.

Good luck Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In with all the other advice I would just add that you are older now. As well as being less fit you really can't do all the stuff you could when you were in your teens/twenties. Not straight away anyway. Build up to it slowly, remember that your recovery will take longer the older you are, as will building your fitness.

To give you some idea, I'm in my 60's and I've given myself a full year to build my fitness, and I was fairly fit to begin with. If you're in your 30's you probably need to work on your fitness for three to six months, depending on your core fitness (fitness includes strengthening those leg muscles - either assume your heart is ok, or get it checked out - don't just hope).

Do shorter rides 5 - 10 miles max, and build up. Otherwise you run the risk of injury (even the younger guys get injured), which will slow you down in any case.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the advice guys

Gonna get me fitted to my bike as one of my LBS has a fitting suite thingy

Chewy I will YouTube the stretches and go from there

I got a little loop that's 50/50 offroad/road that I'm gonna try every other night it's just over 4miles and has a few gentle hills in it
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok guys
Still getting achy legs, in the calves mainly
Doing stretches has helped a lot, but for work I walk around 5-8miles aday doing lifting all day as im a scaffolder

Now my legs still ache even with following all the advice you kind people have given.
Along with it all im popping a daily multi vit, genrally eating better which has given me so much more umpfh
Is there anything I can take to help the aches? I know nothing about all the protein shakes some people swear by and someone has mentioned lemon juice helps with lactic acid in the muscles
Anyone shed any light on this?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I work 13 hour shifts a couple of times a week and my job involves lots and lots of walking, and when not walking I am on my feet all day.

I also manage to ride between 100 to 200 miles a week, or more.

I experience "aching" legs on the days after my long shifts and it affects my rides to a small degree, I also stretch and find this helps somewhat.

I wouldn't get too worked up over it, there's no magical cure, protien shakes, pills, creams etc., won't solve anything.

Get out, ride, do your best and enjoy yourself, ache and see it as the fruits of your labour. Wink

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mr.b



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So stop whining and get on with it yes?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The work might not be helping as your muscles need time to recover (which is what stretching and massages help with to some degree). But there's not much you can do about that, unless you fancy a career change! A good diet, plenty of sleep....all the stuff that you should really do anyway should help a bit. Protein helps your muscles recover so worth a shot - there's nothing to lose.

How often are you riding?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I find deep heat helps. a pint of milk can aid recoverytimes, but nothing will stop this happening.

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