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Strength Issues?

Bethany12011-09-13 19:21:04 +0000 #1
All of a sudden I can't ride for any more than 3-4 miles before being totally wiped out on both my mountain bike and my Madone. My thighs start burning and aching after about 5 minutes. By mile 3 I'm out of oxygen. This started last week and into this week. My saddle no longer seems to fit as yesterday I discovered chaffing and I had only done 3 miles. I have a Brooks B17 Narrow.

Before I was doing 6-10 miles without any problems except my arms/shoulders hurting and figured it was just lack of upper body strength. Now my upper body is fine but my legs are a mess.

My body just wants to sleep it off. I didn't even get up today until 2pm.

I haven't fallen off in two weeks which is a wonderful thing.

Just a rough patch in cycling or is something up?
redrhodie2011-09-13 19:29:36 +0000 #2
Have you pumped your tires?
jessmarimba2011-09-13 19:39:55 +0000 #3
Or is one of your brakes sticking? Just asking. If it's rubbing on your rims and you don't notice, it gets really tough to keep going.
Reesha2011-09-13 20:41:59 +0000 #4
See if you can track you nutrition... has anything changed in the last week?

Sometimes your body just demands a break from the bike. When this happens to me I do stair climbing, swimming, running, and/or weight lifting.
Zippinalong2011-09-13 20:40:52 +0000 #5
I think your body is telling you, you need a break. You didn't say how often during the week you ride. So just on a guess, you may be pushing yourself too much.

Try not riding for a couple of days, let your body recharge then try again but do it easy and work your way back up to 6-10 miles.

As for arms/shoulders hurting and the seat bothering you makes me wonder if you were professionally fit on your bike. In the end back off a bit and see what happens.

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