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Wow! I've had a few before but never as many knots or as much agony as today. I got a real workover. I was particularly tight all along the left side of my body, from the calves to the neck.
Reflecting on this afterwards, I remembered that I'd been noticing recently that when I looked down at the front wheel while riding, I seemed to see the left hand side all the time - meaning I was leaning to the left. I had also been feeling I was favouring my left leg in pedalling.
I went for a ride after the massage. Lo and behold, I glanced down and I seemed to have straightened up. Did it again and again to check - every time, I was straight above the wheel line.
Of course I was pretty happy with that. But it's made me wonder how I got like that in the first place. I'm thinking I might go to a fit specialist to discuss it.
I'd be interested in any suggestions about this.
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Another option is that the left is compensating / taking up slack for a weak / underconfident right side issue ( lower back / hammie etc. )
Ever injured something on the right?
On second thought, the drive side ( chainrings ) are on the right...hmmmmm
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Also I drive a forklift for a living and I note that Iâ€™m not lifting my left leg anywhere near like I have to my right. Hmm, same with getting on my bike. I note that whenever I stretch (not near often enough) my left leg is tighter than my right.
Thanks for brining this topic up - Iâ€™m going to start taking stretching more seriously
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Regular remedial massages, assisted stretching and a very attentive PT watching my form helps me. Also, a simple trick used by my favourite spin teacher is to 'change' legs half way through a track to hit the main beat of the music. Cheesy? yep. But just the mental act of focusing on the 'other' leg can reveal an imbalance you weren't aware of. Like my left leg suddenly says 'wth is this effort thing?'
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If you were really worried you could pay to have a biomechanical analysis done of your riding style and bike setup that might pick up a number of things to change.
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