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Quad soreness when starting a ride.(4 posts)

Quad soreness when starting a ride.cabinfever
Aug 16, 2002 11:42 AM
Within the last two weeks, I've noticed I have some soreness in my quads, particularly down close to my knee. I begin every ride climbing some moderate hills (because I have to where I live). I do start slowly and warm up though for the first 5 or 6 miles. It gets better as I warm up, but it is not normal for me. I've been riding anywhere from 100 to 150 miles a week most of the summer. About a month back, I was battling calf cramping, but that has since subsided. Anyone have anything similar?
Dude, stretch. C'mon.Alex-in-Evanston
Aug 16, 2002 11:54 AM
Same thing for me...szybki
Aug 16, 2002 11:56 AM
I too have some lingering soreness when beginning rides, especially after doing intervals or hill repeats the day before. Depends on how sore you are, a little soreness is probably okay, but if it's bothering you, you may need to recover more between hard efforts. Have you changed your diet? Under more stress? Not sleeping as much? Drastically increased your mileage? Bunch of variables, there's probably a clearcut reason if you look hard enough. Good luck.
Yeah, and usually my butt, too ...Humma Hah
Aug 16, 2002 4:44 PM
... for me any soreness fades away in about 2 miles. How fast may have to do with how fast your body cranks out endorphins to dull the pain, or how sore you were to start with.

Cramping is a different issue. Lots of possible causes, but two probably cover 90% of cases: drink plenty of fluids and make sure you get the right mix of electrolytes (that includes sodium, potassium, traces of calcium and magnesium, maybe a bit of carbonate and a couple of other cations).