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Comfortable after a rest stop.......(4 posts)

Comfortable after a rest stop.......Tower
Apr 14, 2003 6:04 AM
I just started road biking a few weeks ago and I've noticed I feel more comfortable on the bike after a rest stop 10 miles in than I did at the first part of the ride.

Is this a fit problem or have I just not gotten used to the bike yet?

Anyone else feel the same way?
Warm-up period?Kristin
Apr 14, 2003 6:36 AM
I don't know what, if any, riding you did before you got your road bike; but I have noticed that I have a more significan warm up period when road biking. I've also noticed that my warm-up period is longer when I'm less fit. On a 20 mile ride after 4 month of no riding, I was pretty out of breath and I didn't start feel to feel comfortable until after mile 15. Then, suddenly, my heart rate mellowed out and I increase my effort without being out of breath.

One note about rest stops--which you'll discover over time--is that if you let your muscles warm up and then take a long break, its difficult to get going again. If I take a 15+ min. break after I'm warmed up, my legs feel like cement and it really hurts for the next 5 miles of the ride. I don't stop for long now. (When I only rode a heavy hybrid, I didn't have that experience...road bikes are strange creatures.)

Anyone want to expound on warm-up times? Why do they vary based on fitness level? And why does my heart rate pegout in zone 4 during the first 10 miles or so?? I could be riding an easy spin and I still hit 70% max.
Warm-up period?Tower
Apr 14, 2003 7:55 AM
Before the road bikes, our riding was exclusively on MTB's with road slicks. We did that for 4 years, including our first century last year. After that one we swore we would get road bikes. Tired of getting passed! :-)

We did 25 miles on Saturday, and I'd say I felt better at the end than I did at the beginning of the ride. At the very least I felt no worse.

As for stops, usually it's no more than 5 mintues. We have camelbaks for longer rides so it's usually just a time for us (wife) to get out of the saddle.
I get more comfortable after warming up ...Humma Hah
Apr 14, 2003 6:50 AM
I usually develop a few minor aches and pains in the first half mile or so of a ride that quite suddenly vanish around 2 miles. The warmup process is usually credited with this, and endorphin production is probably a big factor. How fast you start producing these potent natural painkillers is a function of how much training you have been getting. You haven't been riding as long, so may not be switching them on as quickly.

A tip about rest stops: don't stop any more than absolutely necessary, and then don't rest! On longer rides, you'll notice that your legs will begin to set up like concrete, and it will take several more miles to limber up again. Stop just long enough to pick up water and snacks, and get moving again before your muscles cool off.