My last couple of long rides had left me worried. My sitbones just ACHED with discomfort, starting only about 10 miles in. The pain generally intensified just after I would stand up, leaving me desperately wanting to get off the bike seat, but dreading it, too.
What was going on? I managed to ride nearly 400 miles in a week last year, and I didn’t remember it hurting this bad. Did my pain threshold suddenly drop?
Bugman and I biked nearly 40 miles yesterday (1,794 feet of climb), and the ache in my bum was quite minor – very tolerable.
What was the difference?
I’d been biking to work for a couple of weeks now, thanks to Bike to Work Week kicking me into gear.
I must just need to be on that bike seat more than once a week to develop a tolerance. (I wonder what physiological mechanism leads to the reduced soreness over repeated exposures to the bike seat – anyone know?)
I’ll chalk it up to “realizations of a still-newbie.”
On another note, the ride report: IT WAS FANTASTIC RIDING WITHOUT WIND!!!!
It’s amazing how much faster you can go when you’re not bucking a 15-30 mph headwind!
We hit a brief but fairly heavy shower, too – enough to make my feet squish in my bike shoes. When we paused for a break, I wrung out my socks. Good move, as the Swiftwick socks I was wearing seemed to pull a lot of the remaining moisture up out of my shoes. (Love those socks!)
Copyright 2014 by Katie Bradshaw