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Sore after 50+ miles bike ride

gfbikernyc2010-12-13 07:53:31 +0000 #1

Is it "normal" that I feel sore (read VERY sore) after longish bike rides?

The first time I did a 50-mile-ride I was sooooo tired I crashed when I got home and hardly had any energy left to eat. However, I didn't feel sore or pain. Just very tired.

One year later I can do 50+ miles and still have energy left to walk my Westie and do chores. I have learned what & how often to eat and I do switch positions when I ride long distances.

But in the last few longish rides I got REALLY sore and had to take tylenol after the rides to alleviate the pain.

Also, I sometimes have trouble falling asleep after a long ride. Why is that? I was tired wanted to sleep but couldn't!!! So frustrating.
Melalvai2010-12-13 08:04:19 +0000 #2
Biking shouldn't hurt. If your bike fits and everything is adjusted, you could ride all day. You might be tired but not sore. The most common adjustment is raising your seat. What is sore?

It does take time to get the adjustments worked out. When I got my new bike, I went on several long rides, and each time I'd make a tiny adjustment. Toward the end it was maybe just one or two millimeters each time!

It takes me a while to wind down after a long ride.
OakLeaf2010-12-13 08:17:28 +0000 #3
Oh, I've definitely been sore after a tough ride, the same delayed onset muscle soreness as I get after any unaccustomed exertion whether it's running, weight lifting, heavy gardening or whatever.

How often are you riding that far? What kind of rides are you doing in between? Have the rides that have made you sore been hillier or windier than you're used to?

I get wound up by anything I do near bedtime, whether it's exertion or something sedentary like a concert or movie. Reading (NOT in bed!!) is one thing that helps me wind down ... on the internet doesn't count, because the backlighting keeps you from producing melatonin that signals to your body that you're ready for sleep.
badgercat2010-12-13 08:17:26 +0000 #4
I'll echo Melavai's question: what parts of your body are sore? Arms, hands, wrists? Legs? Butt? All of the above?
Biciclista2010-12-13 09:35:15 +0000 #5
if i do any serious climbing, I notice my legs scream when I walk down steps.

Also neck, arms, shoulders might be tired. Or, of course a really long ride might involve some butt soreness too.

Details please?
shootingstar2010-12-13 08:27:16 +0000 #6
It's ok to be tired after a long ride. Sometimes my tiredness is affected by my cycling 'karma' for the day. (You know there are just inexplicable days where the weather, one's own mood/attitude and body state, clicks so right and one is cycling/flying over hills, etc.


If you are consistently quite sore after each long ride ie. 50+ miles, something is not quite right. You need to explain which body areas for soreness for us to recommend something.

Unless you are cycling very long distances 100+miles every day for 7-14 days or more with routes that hills /you are cycling with pannier weight. Even still, if you are properly fitted on bike, soreness shouldn't be much and heal itself after 1 day of short/easy riding or rest.

I rarely have sleep problems after a long ride. I sleep like a rock.

But then the type of riding I do, I finish a long ride or heavy-pannier loaded ride by supper time at the latest or more often, mid-afternoon/ earlier.

At most, I've done night commuting rides and then to bed 1 hr. later. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz By then.
gfbikernyc2010-12-13 08:53:28 +0000 #7
I train in central park twice a week and I feel fine after 3 or 4 laps (6 miles per lap) but everytime I do longish rides my WHOLE body would just complain. It's only in the last 4 months or so when I can really do 50+ miles without taking long breaks and feeling I will collapse at any moment or die from hunger.

There are definitely more hills in my recent rides and I have been trying to increase my speed and distance so i don't know if these are the contributing factors to the uncomfortableness I feel after the long rides.

So you guys don't get sore after a long hard ride? (yes, 50+ is long for me).



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