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Ouch, I am sore today(19 posts)

Ouch, I am sore todaycyclingforhealth
Aug 25, 2003 6:29 AM
I guess it has been a long time since I have hurt from exercise. I woke up very stiff today. Is there something I did wrong while I was riding yesterday. The back of my rear end hurts. My left knee has a dull ache as well. If I feel like this today I probably won't ride when I get off work. This isn't going to keep me off the bike for good. I figure it is all part of the sacrifice for getting in shape. I just didn't think I would be this sore.
once you do more regular exerciseColnagoFE
Aug 25, 2003 7:00 AM
at first you will be sore. if you keep up with it you'll eventually be less sore. you might decide to work out every other day at first instead of every day so you have more time to recover.
once you do more regular exercisecyclingforhealth
Aug 25, 2003 7:10 AM
I wonder if someone would post an exercise schedule on the board that I might follow.
Get an RXScot_Gore
Aug 25, 2003 7:29 AM
I wouldn't take a plan from strangers on the internet in your circumstances. Even good natured folks like us at RBR can't give you good advice. Given your circumstances, I bet your doctor could refer you to a fitness counselor that would give you a tailored program with your unique requirements in mind. There's lots of literature on bicyle training and fitness, but still, I'd see if you couldn't get some humna judgement interjectd into the equation.

We are all motivated by different things, winning, having fun, getting the girl, whatever...the most important thing to do is to find what motivates you to the disipline that's required, regardless of the plan you're following.

Good Luck

(another fat guy on the bike)
Screw that, let's hand out random adviceSpoiler
Aug 25, 2003 2:49 PM
That way we can argue over who's plan is best.
There is gain without painContinental
Aug 25, 2003 7:59 AM
There's no way anyone can post a good exercise schedule for you without knowing a lot of details about your current state of fitness and health and your time commitment. You'll get all sorts of advice, some will be bad and harmful, some may be helpful, but you won't be able to sort out the good from the bad. It is clear that you did too much too soon, because your body is telling at you this. It's understandable that you get a new bike, you're all excited, and you ride too much the first day. You can get great gains in fitness without having aches and pains. Ride much less and increase distance very slowly so that you feel no pain or discomfort while riding or the day after. Even if you only start with 15 minutes of riding or walking per day, you're doing way better than you were last week. Add one minute per week and you'll be riding for over an hour/day after a year, and you'll be in better shape than 90% of the population. Think long term.
Aug 25, 2003 8:42 AM
What you have is Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. You get it from getting off your butt and exercising, so good on you. It lasts one to two days and then goes away. The pain in your knee may take longer, depending on your age.

Doing the same excercise a few times leads to not having DOMS. If you take off a few weeks, then restart you will get it again.
re: Ouch, I am sore todayGeardaddy
Aug 25, 2003 7:59 AM
It sounds like you definitely overdid it a bit. Are you just starting out, or have you been doing a lot of riding already? If you've been riding alot already, then it sounds like you just need to take a rest, stretch more, and etc. If you haven't been riding much, then you need to ease into it more.

The dull ache in your knee doesn't sound good. It could be a classic case of too much gear mashing too early. I've learned this lesson the hard way, as it can take months to get rid of that pain. When you ride try to spin more to build up strength in the knees slowly. Possibly it could be related to a fit issue on the bike though.
Are you quitting already?Spoiler
Aug 25, 2003 8:02 AM
. Sounds like you might be making excuses to not ride.
Why don't you shut the f$ck up?KG 361
Aug 25, 2003 10:07 AM
This woman has determined to do something about her health. You may be judgemental, but for chrissakes, keep it to yourself.
Not a woman, a man. It's been hard to tell, butOldEdScott
Aug 25, 2003 10:15 AM
at one point the poster says he's a guy. The whole tale is a bit muddled.
Oh well.KG 361
Aug 25, 2003 11:15 AM
I (obviously) haven't been reading every thread. Pisses me off, though, when someone decides to do something about their situation and little sh*ts like Spoiler deride their efforts.
It's called motivation, Private! Now drop and give me 50!Spoiler
Aug 25, 2003 2:44 PM
This is a mission. A dangerous mission. Many pounds will be lost. I don't think interjecting a bit of discipline into the hungry soldier is a bad thing.

We've got to show these dieters that they no longer have their mommies around to hold them when things get tough. When I'm through with Dewey Oxburger, she/he's be a lean, mean, fighting machine!
Now I'm wondering if this is for real. I feel like a sucker.Kristin
Aug 25, 2003 12:31 PM
If this is a joke, thanks for waisting my time. And if this is a joke you should invest in a little creativity. Flamebait is funny. This type of trolling is just dumb.
Las Vegas odds say 85% chance it's radicalronpruett.Spoiler
Aug 25, 2003 2:46 PM
That still leaves a 15% chance it's legit. Either way, we're here to help.
he's a loser.spankdoggie
Aug 25, 2003 3:02 PM
This guy is a fat out of shape jackass. He has posted accurately about Marin roads, but I can't believe he made it to the park. That is seven miles. I agree with all of you guys; this guy is a loser.
None of these pains are life threatening.dzrider
Aug 25, 2003 11:12 AM
You can certainly run or walk or swim or do something other than cycling that will raise your pulse without stressing the muscles that hurt already. The enthusiasm for getting in shape pushes almost everybody who tries it to hurt a little from DOMS. I think what matters in the long haul is getting out to do something even when you hurt a little. If you only work out when you feel good enough to do it, eventually you will never feel good enough to do it. Stick with it, it's worth it.

Is there a front of your rear end?
Good pain and bad pain.Kristin
Aug 25, 2003 12:19 PM
You need to get familiar with what is good pain and what is bad pain.

Good Pain:

When you push a muscle past its limit, the muscle develops little tears or burns that must heal. This is normal and will help your muscle become stronger. This occurs when you feel that "burn" in your muscle as you work out. The burn should go away within a few seconds after you stop the exercise. Then, 1-2 days later, you should notice some soreness and stiffness in the muscle which will subside slightly as you move the muscle around.

It is possible to "over-push" a muscle and develop a strain. Best rule of thumb, when you are so stiff that it hurts to walk around, then either take the day off from riding or do a very easy, short ride that night.

Bad Pain:

You should not feel any pain other than that muscle burn while exercising. If you feel pain in a joint which is sharp or a dull ache that last longer than 5-10 minutes, you should stop riding and take a rest. If the pain persists or worsens, then something probably needs to be adjusted on your bike. Your bike shop should be able to help you with that.

Seat height:

Seat height is very important and typically the cause of knee pain. If the seat is too low you will develop pain on the top of your knee that you feel when climbing stairs or sitting and standing. If the seat is too high, you will develop below your knee cap. If you keep riding through these types of pain, you can develop tendonitis, which can take weeks to heal. Better to go slow and steady than to push thru and set yourself back farther.

Using the proper gears:

Gearing is the #1 mistake that new riders make and also leads to knee pain. You should be able to turn the pedals with easy-moderate effort at 86-100 rotations per minute(RPM). To calculate your RPM, strap a watch with a second hand or a stop watch to your handle bars. For one minute, count each time your right knee comes up. This is your RPM. If you can't get the pedals around 86 times, then you are in the wrong gear. Shift to an easier gear and try again. This will save your knees and increase your speed.

Don't get discouraged. I did the 10 year, post-college, couch potato thing and getting in shape hurts. I've found that my 30+ body is resistant to exercise and slow to heal. As a result, I've been injured several times since I began cycling. It can be frustrating. Just determine in your mind that you WILL do this. Then tackle the problem, resolve it, heal the injury and push forward again. You'll get there.
re: Ouch, I am sore todayspankdoggie
Aug 25, 2003 2:38 PM
Of course you are sore, you fat bastard. You probably get sore just lifting your big legs into the bathtub. I can't believe you are serious. You are just a fat American. I don't need another fat inexperienced bike rider in my neighborhood, on a recumbent no less. There are too many recumbents in Marin already. Why don't you take up bowling, instead? Put a head band on so you can see the pins.