Re: Body not recovering
Originally Posted by dhk2
Agree with others who say you need to slow down. A 16 mph average is fast for a new rider. Even pro riders with many seasons and 100K miles in their legs rarely go "all out" in training. When they do, it's generally for a specific reason under monitored conditions.
You can limit your intensity by using a heart rate monitor, or by "rate of perceived exertion", a numerical scale describing how hard you're working. To simplify, all you need to do is monitor your breathing. If your gasping for breath and can't talk in full sentences, you need to slow down. When you first become aware of your breathing, that's roughly the right level for the great majority of your training. You'll progress just as fast this way, and may even find you enjoy the sport of cycling
And if this is any help, I got the burning thighs sensation during March this year.
With the thousands of miles in my legs, I missed a lot of training in Jan/Feb this year because we had terrible weather conditions.
In March, I started training and for the first time ever I experienced cramped thighs.
Cramp when pedalling, cramp when walking.
My body didn't seem to be recovering at all.
Pushing too hard, too soon.
Even experienced cyclists make these mistakes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The good news is that this sensation goes away, as your body becomes accustomed to riding again.
My advice like others have suggested, is to use a lighter gear and pedal at a steady cadence.
Slowly build up the stamina.