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muscle soreness vs. fatigueTomS
Jun 18, 2002 9:17 AM
Well, last week I pushed myself harder than I probably should have, did two pretty intense (for me anyway!) hilly rides, a longer ride that was supposed to be slow&easy but turned into more of a moderate pace, and a few short/easy commute rides and a short but fast-paced hike. (last intense ride was thursday, long moderate ride was sunday)

Anyway usually after doing a tough ride, or moderate rides for several days in a row, my legs will feel fatigued; and it will go away with a day or two of rest or easy rides. This time though, the fatigue has gone away but my thighs are pretty sore. I feel it more when I walk than when I ride (rode to work this morning), right on the tops of my thighs.

Is this significant? Is it just because the hilly intense rides put more strain on my muscles than I'm used to, as opposed to being aerobically hard? My heart rate was pretty high while climbing, but as soon as I crested the top of the hill it would drop pretty quickly.

I was planning on working in 1-2 days of rides like that per week to get stronger, but don't want to hurt myself or anything... should I keep it up and "work through it" since the fatigue has gone away, or should I take it easy for another day or two and see if the soreness goes away too?

Everything I've seen about overtraining addresses fatigue, high resting heart-rate, etc., which I'm not experiencing; but I usually don't see soreness mentioned...
re: muscle soreness vs. fatiguejaybag
Jun 18, 2002 11:11 AM
I always stretch before and after rides. Also try cytomax, it worked for me in recovery. I did pick up a tube of sportscreme. Rub it in and its temproray releif. hope this helps.