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softball and cycling....funknuggets
Sep 10, 2003 8:05 AM
Ok ok ok,

The lardazzes at my work somehow convinced me to play on their softball team because they needed an outfielder that was in shape and could run. Ok, fine. I am in shape and "can" run, but typically dont.

Needless to say, doubleheader league, two games last wednesday night and I was so impossibly sore the following three days in my quads, hams, feet and back that I could barely get out of bed the following 3 mornings. So, the whole cycling being non-weight bearing issue, rears its head.

Now, it is wednesday again and I would really really really like to avoid the residual pain this week. I stretched out and warmed up appropriately last week and still was crazy sore. Now what about this week? We play the late games and so I am considering going on the local hammerfest with the tri-geeks tonight, but may just spin it, and then play afterwards. Will this help??? OR, should I play the games, stretch afterwards, and then spin for a while on the trainer before I go to bed??? Or, should I skip the ride altogether?

Can anyone help???

I do the same thingCHRoadie
Sep 10, 2003 8:12 AM
I play softball occassionally, but I ride frequently. The problem is that sprinting in the outfield is nothing like riding, and uses different muscles in a completely different way. Stretch frequently, but basically you just need to get used to playing softball. You'll probably be able to play without getting sore after 3 or 4 weeks (the first game or two of the season are murder the day after).
Played soccer instead of riding the other day.......BIG RING
Sep 10, 2003 1:15 PM
WOW the pain for the next few days was almost unbearable. Used to play 3x a week then got into cycling. Haven't played in 3 yrs. Went way too hard. Who knew about ankle muscles.
stretching and crazy sore.Steve_0
Sep 10, 2003 8:12 AM
It's all conditioning. You wouldnt assume you could push a 5 hour century the first day of spring because you stretched and warmed up, would you? If you did, you'd be crazy sore there, too.

Go to the track and condition yourself with some sprintwork. Start easy.
Sep 10, 2003 9:42 AM
I am a triathlete. I'm in pretty good shape 'cause of my cross training, so playing softball should not be an issue, right? WRONG!! Let me explain:

Summer 2001. August 4, to be exact (I will always remember this day)

I go into the outfield to warm up, shagging flys and the like, before the game. I feel pretty good chasing down fly balls, feel fast, etc. I actually warm up more for this game than any game up to this point, so I feel ready to play. I am the leadoff batter, top of the first in a double header. I hit the ball (a smash down the third base line, past the third baseman) and take off out of the batters box. WOW DID THAT HURT!! My quads (the right one in particular) REALLY hurt as I was running towards first. What should have been a double turns into a single and I am hurting. I limp around the bases as the next few batters come up and drive me around. The whole time I am thinking I pulled something and just needed to stretch it out when I get a chance. No good. Two games worth of stretching and limping and changing positions from outfield to catcher later ('cause I can't chase fly balls), I am still in a lot of pain. I go home, tell my wife about it, get called a dork and go to bed that night. The next morning I CAN'T GET UP AND DOWN THE STAIRS!! Finally convinced I needed medical attention (does a leg have to actually fall off before we'll go to the doctor?), I went to the emergency room (this being Sunday now). Are you ready for the diagnosis?


What the heck? I thought I was in shape! I had a triathlon coming up in a couple of weeks, a half-marathon a couple weeks after that and a full marathon a couple weeks after that!! I was training for all of these things and doing well. On my way to new PRs probably, and now this. All my training was for sustained output, not quick acceleration, so my muscles were strong, very strong. Strong enough to tear themselves when trying to go from a standing start to a full sprint. I now own three very expensive T-shirts from the events I had signed up for but had to sit out because of my injuries. Softball is evil. You have been warned.
same thing happened to me..Fender
Sep 10, 2003 10:50 AM
I tore my quad a couple of years ago while chasing my neighbors dog (dog ran out and they wanted him back, so I went after it). I went a full week with the pain and inflamation, thinking I had bumped my knee. Nope. Torn quad. It sucked big time. Three weeks of zero riding.
Second that -- BE CAREFUL!!Tribike
Sep 10, 2003 12:33 PM
I also got talked into playing softball. This year in fact! (June 17, 2003) The week before our first game I did a 63 mile ride on Saturday and a 10 mile run on Sunday. I figured I'm in pretty good shape. In fact I was telling a friend that this softball game was cutting into my riding, and hindering my overall fitness since all you do is stand around and circle the bases every once in awhile. Famous last words!
We played a Double header and I was extremely sore the day after! Something else happened, my knee kept locking up for several days after. Went to the Dr. and found out I had torn cartledge! Had surgery two weeks later. Long story short--the surgery was in July, and I just got cleared to ride--still can't run for another 3 weeks.
I will never bad mouth Softball again!