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Hamstring troubles(4 posts)

Hamstring troublesmuncher
Apr 12, 2001 2:19 AM
Now that I have a shorter commute (4 miles open road v 7.5 town each way on my old one) I tend to got for it on speed the whole way. Admittedly, I am pretty poor with the warm-up and stretching in the mornings - time etc, but do warm down well in the evening. I also get to the gym 3-4 times a week at lunchtime for a decent workout on the Concept, and have a good stretch off after that.

I have noticed though that my hamstrings are feeling much more tired and tight than they used to.

Anyone have any expertise in this area - is it just old age, poor warm down, working harder, or what? More generally, what effect does biking have on the strings - I know running tends to shorten them, is the same true of cycling?

Thanks for your thoughts - M
re: Hamstring troublesmust_pedal_harder
Apr 12, 2001 6:00 AM
Are they just tired and tight, not sore?

Either way, when my season starts and after my first day running and at the gym my legs are so sore it's hard to sit down or walk stairs I strech everytime I get the chance.

In my seat I'll just put one leg out and lean foward, maybe do some quads... Eventually it'll make a big diffrence in 2-3 days.

Also, try a heat pad before you goto sleep, and showers naturally help to loosen yourself up.

If I'm stating the obvious for you, I'm sorry =).
Tksmuncher
Apr 12, 2001 6:10 AM
Not obvious at all, thanks for your input. They aren't sore, just very tight/tired. This is a whole new experience for me - I have never had trouble with there before - generally the quads if anything, which makes more sense I think, when you look at what does most of the work on the bike? I have a fairly new bike, which I was worried might be the problem, but a) I mix bikes on my commute/training, and b) I am sure that it is a good fit - maybe this latter factor is causing me to over do the speed and work on the short commutes - not enough warm up/down time, regardless of the training in between? Perhaps my last bike was a less good fit and hence I didn't work as hard (I can't tell what my speed difference is, if any, on account of the different route - I have moved house too, so can't compare my time on training runs. Perhaps I am now spinning more, and doing more pulling, thus getting the strings more involved? Hard to say, can't really tell the difference, but I know these subtle changes can add up to bigger stuff over the miles....
Re: Hamstring ProblemsJon Billheimer
Apr 12, 2001 7:15 AM
Sounds to me like a combination of increased mileage/speed and a change in bike fit or your position on the bike. If you're riding in a more stretched position or with a flatter back, this will put more stretch on your hamstrings, glutes, and lower back muscles. Increased mileage can also do the same thing. If you don't overdo things, in time your body will adapt. Doing flexibility work 4 or 5 days per week will help too. I'm 56 and have noticed over the past several years that I have to do a regular stretching routine to maintain flexibility and range of motion. The effect is cumulative and takes time. So be patient with yourself. Hope this helps.