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leg fatigue(10 posts)

leg fatigueTomS
Jul 12, 2001 12:35 PM
Just curious, do people who ride/train a lot (more than 100-150 miles a week) have constant fatigue in their legs off the bike? Or does that go away after a while?

Over the past few months I've gradually upped my mileage to about 100 miles a week, and I've noticed that when I'm not riding my legs always feel kinda tired. Once I'm riding and warmed up they feel fine, and I think I'm stronger and faster now than ever before - I can do 50 miles and feel ok afterwards, and ride hills that would have wiped me out last year. But later in the day, or on a day when I don't ride, I feel like I don't want to walk anywhere!

I've been trying to ride almost everyday, taking maybe one or two days off each week; some short rides (16 mile round-trip commute), some medium (~20 mile) rides during the week, and some longer rides (30-50 miles) on weekends. Also, as an experiment, I didn't ride at all for about a week and yesterday I felt all out-of-shape again! This morning I felt better though, almost back to where I was.

Finally, one other thing I noticed was that my knees started hurt sometimes off the bike... once I get riding and warmed up everything feels good and I get into a zone. Does this happen to anyone else?
re: leg fatigue - actually stiffnessTomS
Jul 12, 2001 12:59 PM
After reading what I just wrote, I don't think fatigue is the right word. It's more like my legs felt kinda stiff all the time when I wasn't riding. During that week when I didn't ride, that went away, but then they felt much weaker when I started riding again.
How old are you Tom?MrCelloBoy
Jul 12, 2001 1:06 PM
Age is a factor...I'm learning that rest in-between the long rides is more and more important. I'm in my mid 40's.
Jul 12, 2001 1:43 PM
I'll be 27 next month, in good health overall.

I think "re-fueling" might be the issue though, a lot of times I wait for my fiance to come home before I eat dinner after a long after-work ride; or after a longer ride on a weekend I'll often shower and then we'll go out for breakfast, which might mean 30-60 minutes before I eat. (sometimes I'll have a cliff-bar or something before I shower if I'm really hungry) I didn't think it would be a problem because I snack along the way if it's going to be more than an hour ride... but maybe I'll try eating something as soon as I'm done, or drinking endurox like LiveStream suggested.

I've seen conflicting info on that though, some people say to wait 10 minutes so that your stomach can digest better; others say to eat something within 10 minutes for best results. What's your experience?

Also I keep meaning to stretch before and after I ride, but unfortunately, I just keep meaning to. :(
26...Woof the dog
Jul 12, 2001 7:30 PM
uhm...right after a ride, what I do is drink like a bottle of energy drink or any kind of juice. Then I go for snacks. It does work better that way, 'cause you hydrate as well. Regarding that stiffness, I think I know what you are talking about...its that awareness of your thighs whenever you walk upstairs and all that other bull that you do around the house or at work. I think thats because its probably the most trained muscle in cycling, so you are aware of it, plus, its not completely recovered if you ride almost every day. You should stretch after a ride, it keeps up your flexibility. Try sitting on a couch after a long ride, and you wouldn't be able to get back up. Ta ta
Woof the dog
I never would have believed it but >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Live Steam
Jul 12, 2001 1:06 PM
I was feeling some muscle fatigue this season. I have been increasing my mileage and also my average speed. I have started to use a recovery drink - Endurox R4 - and have noticed a significant improvement in not only how I feel a day after a hard pull, but almost immediately. If it is a placebo effect or not I don't really care as I have been able to get stronger. Another thing that will help you that doesn't cost anything but time is to do stretching before and after each ride and in between as well. Staying limber keeps the muscle tissue from tearing and scarring.
Yup yup, yup..MrCelloBoy
Jul 12, 2001 1:09 PM
Recovery! Drinking lots of water and/or drinks like Gatorade, and eating carbo's, especially within the 1/2 hour window right after a long or hard ride can REALLY improve recovery. Continue to drink water through that evening. self massage can help too.
I forgot to say - do it within 1 hour of finishing>>>>>>>>Live Steam
Jul 12, 2001 1:22 PM
and yes, drink lots of liquids after finishing too! :-)
Me too...Mike K
Jul 12, 2001 1:46 PM
I find Jogmate's Muscle Recovery bars washed down with some Gatoraide with in about 1/2 hour of the ride really help. Maybe its just a placebo effect like the previous post says but just like him I don't care if it is - something is there is working for me..
What do the Pro's do?Dutchy
Jul 12, 2001 5:41 PM
All Pro riders eat before they ride, stretch and warm up. Then after the ride they do the same, cool down, stretch, eat, massage. I follow this routine and always feel great. The hardest part is getting your girlfriend/wife to give the massage. I'm lucky my wife enjoys giving massages and cooking so I always feel great. If you have a massage get your upper back rubbed also to relieve the tightness from the shoulders and neck. CHEERS.