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  1. #11
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    Aug 2016
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    Keep the hope, this can and will change! :)

    Some immediate suggestions to work on your general flexibility and strength to help on the bike would be:.
    1) Pilates is a super gentle yet effective way to have a great stretch out and work on strengthening just about everything you need to sustain a cycling position. If you are a bit rusty on the core front, I would recommend booking a 3-4 sessions on a weekly basis with a local physio who cycles and who also teaches pilates (should be pretty easy to find one!). They can assess you, give you some daily stretches to do and also do 1-2-1 pilates sessions with you to get you safely on your way to core strength. Then you can join up with a local beginner pilates class which will be much more cost effective and enable you to commit to it in the long term. Keep listening to your body as you have been doing, keep challenging your strength and flexibility every day, week, month and year of your life and it will come good.
    2) Aqua jogging is running in the deep end of a pool with a float around your waist. Once you start seeing some strength in the pilates classes, aqua jogging would be super for building hip and core strength for your hill climbing. It also gives your deep neck stabilising muscles a good work out. All without any impact on the joints.

    Oooh it makes me so sad to hear that you hurt so much after cycling your bike, it's not supposed to be like that. It sounds like your bike isn't currently set up for comfort. So, some free short-term fixes for the bike that you could try include:
    1) Putting the max number of spacers under your stem.
    2) Check if you can flip your stem upside down so that your reach is shortened and raised a little.
    3) This doesn't apply if you are riding a women-specific bike but if you are riding a men's road bike, get someone to measure your shoulder width (acrodd the front, arm pit crease to arm pit crease) and compare this measurement to the flat width of your handlebars (these measurements should be within 1cm of each other). Men's bikes have wider bars so women can stuggle. A bar that matches your shoulder width better will relax your arms more and reduce neck/shoulder pain.
    3) If the above don't do much.... I still think a good bike fit would help you hugely. If you do choose to go down this route in the future, to help guide the fitter, it might really help to use phrases like: comfort, upright, endurance, and sportive. Talk about your neck and shoulder issues and make clear that you are not looking for records, rather your aim is to ride long distances in comfort. Ask around for recommendations, find some women of your age and riding style to ask for recommendations. And don't let the fitter off as easy this time if you are not happy.

    Bike fit and getting fit for your bike are both processes. Both take time, effort and perseverance.

    Keep going... Cycling is so awesome for fitness and wellbeing, your efforts will pay you back 10-fold. Good luck

  2. #12
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    Mar 2017
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    JennLyn - How's the position now, after 1 year later? I am suffering now on knee pain after riding 2 years with the position called "it-feels-ok"

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