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[RC] Calves and Lessons - k s swigart

Paul said:

What does it mean when the front of your
upper legs (thighs) hurt like heck after a 100
mile ride? Does this mean we are riding more
correctly?

No, it means you probably aren't riding quite "correctly" or it means
you have been off your horse and running downhill more than you are used
to.  If you are riding "correctly," you shouldn't be using those muscles
much at all.

I know this because I ride ALL the time (8 to 10 hours a day 4-6 days a
week), but all that riding didn't even begin to fit up those front of
the thigh muscles that I used during a ~6 mile jog down from the top of
Whistlers mountain (~ 5,000 ft decent) a couple of weeks ago.  The front
of my thighs hurt like heck after that (actually, they were hurting like
heck before I even got to the bottom).  The 12 mile hike with another
3000 ft of ascent (and more importantly descent) a couple of days later
was absolutely MURDER.

Running down hill will do that to you; riding shouldn't, at least not if
you are doing it right.

kat
Orange County, Calif.
:)



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