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Hamstring Update...(5 posts)

Hamstring Update...gildomilo
Jul 30, 2003 2:49 PM
well I guess my leg is fine. A couple of days of Vitamin I and some Ice really loosened it up. I went for a short 12 mile ride today and my legs felt great. I must have overused them the past two weeks. Man I can't wait until I can ride 40 miles/day without problems. Thank you everyone so much for all of your advice.
-Gil
re: Hamstring Update...Fr Ted Crilly
Jul 30, 2003 3:19 PM
What happened your hamstring? I must have missed the original post.
Lately I've been having trouble with my left hamstring on any ride over 25 miles. A couple of years ago I tore it while playing football (soccer) and it's always been a bit tighter than the other one, but in the last few weeks it's been feeling sore after an hour or so in the saddle. When did you post your original message? I'll have a look for it.
re: Hamstring Update...gildomilo
Jul 30, 2003 4:05 PM
The original post was on the 28th and is located here:
gildomilo "Pulled hamstring???" 7/28/03 3:26pm

I had some issues with my left hamstring after biking about 200 miles in two weeks, then swimming a couple miles on the weekend. I believe it was just a muscle cramp, because everything is back to normal. I've had issues with my ankles (born with bilatteral club feet) and had corrective surgery on them when I was 2 (22 years ago) since then my ankles get inflamed when I jog or play football(soccer). So I've taken up cycling to lose my fat and get into shape....
-GIl
Good to hear your leg is OKkermit
Jul 31, 2003 4:54 AM
Make sure you scale back your mileage. You are new to cycling and I don't think anyone here wants you to injure yourself or become discouraged and then quit cycling altogether. Make sure you are taking some rest days, I'd say at least two a week seeing as you're a new rider. As you progress your muscles and body will recover faster and you will be able to get away with less rest (as long as you aren't hammering on every ride that is).

Look through as many old posts here as you can to get an idea of what sort of riding/training schedule you should be starting out with.

Enjoy the ride.
kermit
re: Hamstring Update...ortman
Jul 31, 2003 12:49 PM
Gil,
Glad to hear the hamstring is better (from your 2nd description it probably was the tendon of the biceps femoris, one of the 3 hamstring muscles). By the way, gentle stretching is OK for a mild strain such as yours. It would be a good idea to continue with a stretching program, esp. after riding.