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Long rides and burning thighs

Postby ozstriker » Sat Sep 08, 2012 12:31 pm

I did my longest ride ever yesterday 94km at 27k average with 1000 m of climbing
Refer here http://app.strava.com/rides/21101665

Anyway, after about 70 k's my legs started burning, the same burning you get when climbing a hill but it just doesn't go away, if anything it was worst when I was stopped.

Is this normal?
Is my body just not ready?
Or is this part and parcel of distance riding?

I wAs drinking staminade during the ride and also eating bananas and muesli bars.


On a side note jeez I'm happy my knee is strong again,I'll be able to get back into my programme again soon.
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Re: Long rides and burning thighs

Postby jamesn184 » Sun Sep 09, 2012 9:44 am

Have you done much climbing before this?
Before I did my first crack at some hill climbing I had built up from doing 40k right up to doing a couple of 100's before.
I pulled up in decent shape afterwards and could of kept going
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Re: Long rides and burning thighs

Postby DoogleDave » Sun Sep 09, 2012 10:10 am

At the 70km mark of your ride, the remainder looks to be predominantly all uphill, so it's no wonder you're legs were burning.

After riding 70km's at a reasonable pace and then pushing yourself further to ascend the climb your legs will hurt unless you have built them up to cope with this.

The more you do it the more your body will adapt and strengthen, but as the old adage says - it doesn't get easier, you just get faster.

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Re: Long rides and burning thighs

Postby ozstriker » Sun Sep 09, 2012 2:13 pm

jamesn184 wrote:Have you done much climbing before this?
Before I did my first crack at some hill climbing I had built up from doing 40k right up to doing a couple of 100's before.
I pulled up in decent shape afterwards and could of kept going


Sadly it's a bit hard not to hill climb where I live
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Re: Long rides and burning thighs

Postby jamesn184 » Sun Sep 09, 2012 3:50 pm

ozstriker wrote:
jamesn184 wrote:Have you done much climbing before this?
Before I did my first crack at some hill climbing I had built up from doing 40k right up to doing a couple of 100's before.
I pulled up in decent shape afterwards and could of kept going


Sadly it's a bit hard not to hill climb where I live


Just keep it up and as mentioned above you will condition your legs to accept more hurt :)
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Re: Long rides and burning thighs

Postby clackers » Sun Sep 09, 2012 8:49 pm

Do you have a heart rate monitor, OzStriker? If so, it can stop you spending too much time doing anaerobic cycling instead of aerobic. Less lactic acid, less "burning your matchsticks". :smile:
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