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Relaxed arms = pain(5 posts)

Relaxed arms = painJeff Rage
Aug 24, 2003 5:10 PM
I've read many times that you are suppossed to have almost all of your weight on the saddle, and that you hands should lightly rest on the bars. This has been difficult for me. The last few rides I made an effort to do this. When i do, my elbows bend, and I am in a nice areo position. Today, I went out for a longer ride. I did great for the first 20 miles. After that, my triceps started burning as did my lower back. Eventually, I got to the point where I had to sit upright, and I couldn't get back into the "relazed position."

I have really strong triceps, so that is not the issue. Could my saddle be too far forward? Is my reach too long/too short? Any suggestions?
Strengthen your coreKerry Irons
Aug 24, 2003 5:48 PM
It sounds like you need to work on strengthening your core with crunches and "superman" (leg and chest lift while lying on your stomach). This will not come overnight. For now, do what comes naturally - if your hands are hurting, bend your elbows to reduce pressure. If your back is hurting, relax and put more pressure on your hands. A lot of this comes with lots of miles, so don't expect instant gratification.
rotten to the coreJeff Rage
Aug 24, 2003 6:00 PM
I think my core has been strengthed by deadlifts and weighted crunches.

"Lot of miles"? How many is that? :D)
Strength vs EnduranceJervis
Aug 24, 2003 7:07 PM
There is a difference between raw strength and muscle endurance. You may have really strong triceps, but it just takes lots and lots of riding to build them to the point where they'll sustain your weight for hours on end. Keep riding and you'll noticably tone them up and it won't bother you anymore. Just follow what everyone else said and you'll be fine.

Strength vs EnduranceJeff Rage
Aug 25, 2003 3:57 AM
So, you don't think it's a problem with my setup? Something tells me that I shouldn't be putting stress on my triceps.

After the first 20 miles, I couldn't keep up with my friends any more. They had to stop & wait for me many times.