When do you feel the burn?

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by andyR00, 12 Jul 2018.

  1. andyR00

    andyR00 Active Member

    What distance do you need to cycle before you feel you thighs/hamstrings/knees start to burn?

    So last week I was out most days, 20km cycle one day, the other around 10km, not far I know. By the end of the week I'm thinking I'm Lance Armstrong, legs feel strong etc. I am whizzing up any hills.

    Went out today and feel pretty rough, legs burning a bit after a km. Thinking to myself how can this be already.

    What's your story, I am sure you've probably been cycling for years and your legs are like machines but do you ever go out and feel like your starting from square one again?
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  2. cyberknight

    cyberknight Wibble

    Land of confusion
    If your not used to the distance it is probably your muscles getting used to the increased work load, the other day i was doing squats + step ups so the next day my legs were toast before i even got on the bike.
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  3. dave r

    dave r Dunking Diddy Dave Pedalling Pensioner

    Holbrooks Coventry
    Yes, it often means I'm about to go down with something nasty, or I've been over doing things, either at home or on the bike.
  4. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Warm up a little to start. Stretch after riding. Have rest days.?
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  5. OP

    andyR00 Active Member

    It's interesting how our bodies can feel ok and be pushed further and further but when you take a break for a few days the wear to your muscles/joints is still there.

    All to do with the chemicals the body produces under stress conditions and when that chemical high wears off you feel the damage.
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  6. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Atop a Ti
    Some day's it's just hard work riding a bike. It's as simple as that.
    one day I can do a ride of silly distance at a fair old lick, another day a much shorter distance grinds my gears.
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  7. OP

    andyR00 Active Member

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  8. rugby bloke

    rugby bloke Über Member

    On my recent trip to Spain I managed 5 hard days in the saddle, I guess just by focusing on each daily challenge. I then had 6 days out of the saddle before a 100km ride in the Surrey hills. At this stage the fatigue in my legs really kicked in and I had to drag myself around the ride.
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  9. OP

    andyR00 Active Member

    Exactly what I'm talking about. Strange how there can be such a delay in fatigue. But it's a real thing.
  10. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    When I got back into cycling, aged 33, a 25 km ride with 400 m of climbing used to tire out my legs. So tired in fact that I would have to crawl up the stairs when I got home. 29 years later, it would take a 200 km ride with 2,500 m of climbing to tire my legs that much, and I would still be able to walk upstairs afterwards.

    You do get used to it! :okay:
  11. harrison_888

    harrison_888 Regular

    Distance wise, anything over 50miles really starts to hurt but that pain’s reducing as I ride more often. In terms of recovery, if I’m feeling fit, I can go out and do 70miles and feel ok for another one the next day. But if I’m shattered/run down/ill and try a gentle 16mile loop I can be dead for days. Being fit and feeling fit are seldom concurrent.

    Although to me “feeling the burn” is all about lactic build up in the leg muscles (climbs) rather than the distance before you feel tired. Hills are the enemy and anything over 15% is downright evil in my world. However I secretly love them and actually pride myself in being pretty decent in ascents :biggrin:

    It all gets easier the more you ride. [no sh*t Sherlock]
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  12. SkipdiverJohn

    SkipdiverJohn Über Member

    Loads of things can cause you to feel knackered and run out of steam - not enough sleep, bad hydration in the heat, too much beer the night before, too many days activity with no recovery time.
    I had a very busy week, long hours of hard physical activity in high temperatures plus morning and evening bike rides on top. Yesterday I felt really knackered and my legs were just not interested in doing any more bike riding, so I avoided all avoidable physical activity and slept more hours than I usually would. Today my legs feel much better and the aches and pains in my arms and shoulders have also gone. I'd been overdoing it for several days on the trot and it had caught up with me, simple as that.
    Last edited: 14 Jul 2018
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  13. Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

    It varies enormously. Some days I can be out on a 30-40 mile ride and feel like I'm struggling all the way, but on others (like last Saturday) I can do 70 miles and still feel fresh at the end.
  14. OP

    andyR00 Active Member

    So physiologically why do you think that is.

    I think the body produces all kinds of natural painkillers at varies times that mask the pain whereas underneath we are really damaging our bodies?

    Is exercising not really like getting a suntan/burn?

    In other words it feels quite pleasant but really it's not good for you.
  15. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    The Red Enclave
    Entirely depends on how hard you ride, doesn't it?

    I'm absolutely cooked at the end of a 10-mile TT, legs like rubber. On the other hand, I can ride a 200km audax and still feel reasonably fresh at the end.
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