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  1. thirdeye73

    altitude adjustment questions

    i just moved from SoCal to Golden, CO and am having trouble adjusting to the altitude. i had to move a week earlier than planned, so was unable to start taking aspirin daily before i left. i made the mistake of going on a medium ride the second day there, did a heavy conditioning workout with...
  2. thirdeye73

    Crossing recovery periods: Weight training and cycling

    i have no problem maintaining muslce mass, and for someone starting this kind of training, they'll probably put some on (not as fast as a mass-building workout, but it'll still happen).
  3. thirdeye73

    Proper Shifting Strategy?

    as a side note...i almost always stay on the middle ring (been riding two months now). i never feel like i have to drop to the small one, and i don't switch to the largest ring b/c pounding out as much speed as i can isn't as important to me as getting my pedaling technique, rhythm, mechanics...
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    Crossing recovery periods: Weight training and cycling

    i combine 100+ miles of cycling with 3 days of weights a week. first of all, if for some reason i'm sore or feel less than 90%, i'm not afraid to skip a day of the weight training. second, i don't do bodybuilding workouts...stick to compound movements and keep the reps low (train movements...
  5. thirdeye73

    Very bad massage...need help

    i totally understand....after a while you get tired of having to re-explain everything to those who are either not as educated, or are too dogmatic in their approach.
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    Very bad massage...need help

    Doc, i failed to see any reference in that thread to massage. the debate over stretching (when, how much, type, etc.) will probably go on forever. the average recreational athlete knows very little about stretching, hence the reason we see weekend warriors out having a nice, relaxing...
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    Very bad massage...need help

    sorry to hear that he had such a negative experience. i am a massage therapist, one who has worked on athletes of all different disciplines. unfortunately, there are a lot of mediocre, not well-educated therapists out there. from the other posts here as well, it sounds like the therapists are...
  8. thirdeye73

    Tibialis Anterior Muscles

    ice will help bring down the inflammation of the fibers, not cause the sheath to grow.
  9. thirdeye73

    Pes Anserinus Tendinitis/Bursitis...what the...?

    need more info....how long has this been going on? is your leg excessively externally rotated when you stand? what do you do for a living, and what position(s) do you spend a great deal of time in?
  10. thirdeye73

    Tibialis Anterior Muscles

    Micheal, good points that i failed to point out in my first post. i am a massage therapist, and quite frankly just assumed that any competent therapist would be aware of these contraindications and methods.
  11. thirdeye73

    Tibialis Anterior Muscles

    compartment syndrome (or shin splints, as it's referred to more often) sucks, but will not likely cause problems during cylcing. i would think that the recruitment of tibillias anterior during a pedal stroke would be of much less intensity than when running/sprinting on ground. if it does...
  12. thirdeye73

    Physical jobs and recovery?

    if your diet and sleep patterns are good, then you should probably be alright. after a heavy sprint day, it's actually good to get out and do some "active recovery", which your job does for you. also, as long as your using mostly your upper body muscles and not taxing your legs again, fatigue...
  13. thirdeye73

    Moving to CO

    i'm moving to Colorado (Denver area) in one month, and am looking to both hook up with someone to ride with and some good routes to ride.
  14. thirdeye73

    Hamstring Pain from riding

    find out from the MRI if the interference on the sciatic nerve is in the lumbar spine or elsewhere. if it's actually being pinched between the vertebrae, then you may need chirporactic or surgery, depending on how bad it is.....however, you may have whats called Piriformis Syndrome, where the...
  15. thirdeye73

    Migrains

    in road biking, the constant head extension can put stress on the sub-occipital and extensor muscles, which can cause tension headaches. try icing after a long ride, and massage once week will help as well.
  16. thirdeye73

    Weights - but not for strength...

    unfortunately, none of these so-called "bodybuilding gurus" know anything about weight training for performance. any reputable S&C coach knows this, and that's why 99% of people working out at commercial gyms are usually a case for a good laughing session!! too bad the average exercise...
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    Weights - but not for strength...

    i was only trying to make the point that squatting heavy is not bad for your back in general. obviously, in your case it's not a good idea. i would recommend against getting a spinal fusion. there are new treatments available that are much better. i know of one woman who had an artificial...
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    Weights - but not for strength...

    there are numerous powerlifters who routinely squat over 800lbs and never have a history of back problems. proper movement mechanics, sufficiently developed suppporting musculature and the right assistance exercises help
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    Weights - but not for strength...

    yes, knee raises are a good exercise to work the iliopsoas muslces, but you should concentrate more one stretching them. your glute muscles will be sore from the added stress, and you may need to do some reverse hyperextensions (can do on a swiss ball) to help strengthen that area.
  20. thirdeye73

    Hamstring Pain from riding

    refrain from stretching that muscle if there is any pain, at all. do not do anything that causes pain, that includes cycling, for a few days. ice 3-4 times a day for the next week, and go see a massage therapist. if you have torn it in any way, stretching during the acute phase can just...