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legs ache when I don't ride(18 posts)

legs ache when I don't rideDougSloan
Jan 10, 2003 11:56 AM
I've noticed that when I don't ride for 3 or 4 days (only a recent phenomenon), my legs and knees ache. If I ride, even a hard ride, they are ok then. What gives? Is this a sign of getting old? Anyone else?

I realize the cure is obvious. :-)

Maybe they're trying to tell you something! nmempacher6seat
Jan 10, 2003 11:59 AM
re: legs ache when I don't ridewasabekid
Jan 10, 2003 12:16 PM
I'm afraid so... Yes, it's father time catching up on you ;-)

Is it pain or stiffness? I would characterize mine as muscle/joint stiffness if I don't workout (1-3 days). It sets in worse if sitting in place, almost immobile (computer station, long driving). But a little bending and squats to warm up & stretches will usually make it go away.

I don't know how old you are, but just the same I'd say:

Welcome to the over 40 crowd!!!

the cureQ-Pro
Jan 10, 2003 2:27 PM
get your doc to start giving you testosterone injections. You're into male menopause because of decreased hormone level after 40 something.
the curewasabekid
Jan 10, 2003 2:42 PM

But from the number of people agreeing/posting it looks like a lot of us could use one.

However, except for my (mild, genetically predisposed)hypertension med, I try to keep my body med free to include supplements, other than what can be derived naturally from food.

same heretarwheel
Jan 10, 2003 12:34 PM
I've noticed the same thing. I generally have more aches and soreness when I don't ride. However, I also notice that my legs are fresher and stronger after taking a few days off.
I'm 56 and I know what you meanjwhite480
Jan 10, 2003 12:38 PM
I live in Ohio where snow and generally crappy weather can keep you in. I found that some time on a stationary bike keeps my knees limber and taking a spinning class a day or two a week, keeps me in shape.

If I don't stay active, my knees stiffen up and just ache. (nothing a bottle of Bushmills can't kill)
I'm 42, btw. nmDougSloan
Jan 10, 2003 12:40 PM
Yeah, it started around the same time I got bi-focals.dzrider
Jan 10, 2003 12:43 PM
I've taken more days off than usual lately - lower back pain, and the morning walk down the stairs gets harder each idle day. It almost feels like exercise lubricates my knees and ankles. I catch myself wondering whether I'd feel that stiff and achy if I never exercised at all. The feeling fades pretty quickly during the day, unlike the incredible grumpiness on the 3rd day off, which lasts until I work out.
Same herehrv
Jan 10, 2003 1:24 PM
After too many crashes from 'jumping' sports - skiing,snowboarding, windsurfing - my knees now need all the attention I can give them. That includes cycling on a regular basis and, believe it or not, weight training (strengthen the surrounding muscles, I guess). Just a couple days off and they stiffen up.

But when I tell my wife I need to go on at least a 4 hour ride for my knees to really feel limber, she doesn't buy it. Go figure.

It's a different kind of ache thoughTig
Jan 10, 2003 1:31 PM
At least for me, the pains I feel in the legs when taking a few days off feel different than the usual aches I get from riding hard. The pains come and go without notice. I can't really describe the difference, but it is different! The joints tend to be the location more so than muscles.

I'm not stuck behind a desk all day, but when I was, I had to get up often and stretch to keep the aches away.
Hurray ! I'm NormalRCA
Jan 10, 2003 2:04 PM
I'm 50 and live in the snow belt of Ontario so Winter exercise is 11:00 pm hockey for old guys.I hate going but love it once I am at the rink. Back in the dressing room my legs just glow They feel great. 12 hours later though......
"don't ride for 3 or 4 days".. I have no idea! nmMB1
Jan 10, 2003 2:56 PM
ok, "don't do a century for 3 or 4 days" for you :-) nmDougSloan
Jan 10, 2003 3:38 PM
At that point they finally stop hurting-time for another one.nmMB1
Jan 10, 2003 4:40 PM
Jan 10, 2003 5:36 PM
Are you stretching on your off days?

I love this book. It's a new method. I'm WAY more limber now and don't get sore like I used to.
as Fred Sanford would saydesmo
Jan 10, 2003 5:44 PM
It's your Arthur Itis. I have a mild case, and get bad knee aches if off the bike for more than two days. Especially during Oregon monsoon season.
Sore and achy are not the same thing...Matno
Jan 11, 2003 7:41 AM
If you're sore, that's usually a normal after effect of exercise (provided it isn't excessive).

If you're aching or excessively sore, particularly in the muscles, that indicates the need for a change in your diet. Not knowing what your typical diet is like, I can't make a specific recommendation, but in general, electrolytes such as magnesium are important. Also, surprisingly, you will find that aches go away if you stay away from processed foods (white flour, sugar, etc.). Something to do with the important digestive enzymes getting denatured in the processing. I know it has worked for me.