Having been a runner for a few years I've now taken to cycling to try and optimise my fitness levels and give me some variations. In the past I've only ever cycled for commuting purposes - no more than 4 miles across town to work and back - and saw it very much as a function rather than enjoyment. Recently however my OH has got me in to longer, less pressured cycles and I've now signed up for a charidee challenge consisting of 55 miles around Arran and a hill hike.
So.....having done 15 miles today on only my 3rd 'long' cycle I'm finding the probably obvious niggles. Aching hands below the thumb (more padding required presumably), stiff shoulders (POSE cycling anyone?) and a seriously numb and delicate posterior! No chaffage as yet but I believe vas/bodyglide is answer to that. In the meantime, can anyone offer advice on how best to deal with the delicate area of the delicates?
PS - Not sure if its significant but most of my long cycles will entail a good few hills as I'm surrounded by them - today included a 2 mile climb at approx 50%, a 1.5 at around 30% and long slog of about 2.5 miles up around 40% as well as several smaller inclines. I'd say in totoal the 15 miles as made up of around 8-10 miles of climbing. I now officially hate 'Golf Course Hill'.
Thanks! I hadn't thought of the bike set up, I have a mate who can advise on that I suspect so will collar him tomorrow. I haven't adjusted the saddle since the day I bought it! I'm a proper nitwit novice type when it comes to cycling.
Actually cougie, now that you say that......it maybe wasn't as steep as 50% throught but i don't think it would be far off it as an overall climb. Obviously though I am a relative newbie to the art of cycling and whilst I can judge running distance pretty well I guess my climb gauge will need a bit of tweaking! There's a sign at the base of the hill, I'll check it tomorrow but I can promise you its a steep one - one of those that makes you feel like your lungs are making a break for freedom, right before your breakfast!
Lance should be scared. I bet you anything he'd struggle to attain 7 minute miling on his bike after forgetting to reset the garmin for cycle mode!
we do montain biking and a lot of the men suffer from what they call 'monkey butt' it's horrible term but they have tried vaseline, sudocreme blah de blah but nothing worked.....however....have a go at this...Brilliant!! it has worked a treat and no more sore bottoms and bits.
Numb and delicate posterior will probably ease with more cycling I had that when I started commuting 14 miles twice a day it got better by the start of week 2 but for a couple ofa days I was wincing slightly for the first 5 min as I settled into the saddle
To put it bluntly your arse will harden up over time (not in way that you will notice in terms of leathery skin or anything it will just get used to the saddle)
The steepest road in the world is 38% at its most steep.
The only way to get better at hills is to ride them more often but it's a good feeling, riding past people as they're gasping for breath (obviously it's a few years since I've done it but I have a good memory )
What are you wearing to ride in? The right shorts can make a big difference to comfort.
Not to be an elitist jerk, but ...
30-50% hills? Are you cycling up Mt.Everest?
A comparsion is that most downhill courses in the WorldCup have an incline ~15%.
According to your first post, you gained an altitude of 3.14m during that session. That is over 5000 meters !! Not even sure there are any place on earth where you can find a drop of 5000meters in 15m Might be able to find it if you go under the water to the Marianer trench.
OK, so taking in to account my clear bike climb ego/numptiness, and advice on such things (based on a very experienced cyclist mate of mine who I spoke to yesterday), that the hills maybe weren't as my traumatised mind remembered but were in fact "big fuck off climbs" suitable apparently only for "fucking retards and sadists"
I think I'll be looking at saddle height, better nappy pants better than Decathlon's own brand "Cyclopampers - moisture wicking" and hardening the feck up in the 'trunk' department
So...cyclists are generally nails, yes?
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