- Jun 15, 2005
YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING, YOU HAVE TO BE OUT OF YOU'RE TINY MIND!JungleBiker said:In another thread (about training for a 4 day race), Ric said that "there is no evidence that stretching will help you, and some evidence that it is counter productive".
I would like to know why it can be counter productive and should I give up stretching after my rides?
I know to my cost, the insanity of NOT stretching. I suffered an injury 18 months ago. On top of which,I have arthritis in my spine, now leading to a condition called spinal stenosis ... Only by stretching each day,sometimes twice per day,do I avoid gross pain that you wouldn't believe. No pharmacy accessible pain killers work...its that bad. But 30 mins once or twice per day and DEFINITELY after my daily 10 mile to work (and back) comute means i can have normal life.
Stretches are cool. My phisio put it to me like this. In five years or less,I could be in a wheel chair.…stretch and ill still be riding my bike....
Guess which option I chose!