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leg flexibility and cyclingWise
Nov 11, 2002 2:29 PM
I am not very flexible and I was wondering how this might be affecting my performance.

I haven't been stretching out at all since the end of my collegiate road season in may, even though i have put in several thousand miles since then.

How big of a factor is flexibility in terms of muscle endurance. I imagine its pretty important for me to stretch regularly, but im not really sure why, physiologically speaking

If someone can fill me in on the stretching thing, i'd appreciate it

thanks
re: leg flexibility and cyclingbrider
Nov 11, 2002 3:07 PM
Chances are that your intrinsic flexibility won't be a limiting factor in cycling. You'd really only notice performance degradation if you get close to the limits of your effective range of motion. Most likely your cycling would effect the potential for injury in other activities than the other way around.
re: leg flexibility and cyclingmicha
Nov 12, 2002 3:32 AM
Flexibility is only indirectly related to muscle endurance. But it has a direct bearing on stress-related injuries. Flexible riders experience far fewer muscle strains and injuries than inflexible ones.
Low leg flexibility is a power-drain in cycling: Work on it. nmSpunout
Nov 18, 2002 7:15 AM