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Tight hamstrings

I have just returned back from a 30 mile ride and could hardly walk up the stairs. I cycle regularly and do not normally suffer. The route is reasonably flat (it would be living in Lincolnshire) I only did the same route 3 weeks ago with no side effects, I have also notice that my average was 2mph slower than when I last did this route. The main problem I had when getting off my bike was that my hamstrings were tight and sore as I sit here writing this I can feel them seizing up, this is not normal and cannot understand what is different to cause this. Any suggestions please

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    Our bodies have a way of letting us know if we're not in peak condition. I suffer quite a lot with cramp in the calf muscles; and I found that Tonic Water helped, I still get cramp while riding on the hills; but, not as bad; and not nearly as much as I used to. Lots of riders recommend High5 Zero Tabs in their drinks.

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    Can I ask do you do any stretching after? I stretch my calves, while on the last part of the ride & then the rest of my legs when back home. I also stretch again, while taking a hot bath. I use a foam roller too as much as I can. Painful but does the job

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    Stretching before exercise and again after, would be at the top of my list. I stretch for a good 30, minutes before going out for a run (running) or a ride on the bicycle. Although, your level of fitness will dictate how your body recovers from any form of exercise.

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    Have you moved your saddle or has anything else changed on your bike set up? Is your saddle to high? I found that when I raised my saddle to much (only a few mm I thought) my hamstrings seemed to feel the effect - especially when I did a lot of climbing. I couldn't work out what was wrong - lowering the saddle again has solved the problem for me.

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    These are quite interesting in regard to stretching.
    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/01/phys-ed-does-stretching-before-running-prevent-injuries/
    http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-241-287--7001-0,00.html
    I read a few peices a few years ago about stretching being of no use so I stopped and have suffered no ill effects.

    About a year ago my average speed suddenly dropped and I got sore knees, it turned out my seat post had slipped down about 3 cm.

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    andrewj100 These are quite interesting in regard to stretching.
    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/01/phys-ed-does-stretching-before-running-prevent-injuries/
    http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-241-287--7001-0,00.html
    I read a few peices a few years ago about stretching being of no use so I stopped and have suffered no ill effects.
    About a year ago my average speed suddenly dropped and I got sore knees, it turned out my seat post had slipped down about 3 cm.

    I agree that a seat too low will give your Knees some discomfort, as for stretching? Everyone needs to stretch out the muscles! Anyone running a marathon without a good deal of stretching before hand, is asking for pulled and strained mucle problems.

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    Have you thought about Pilates as a way of loosening tight hamstrings? Mine used to be fairly shocking until recent years and I couldn't get anywhere close towards touching my toes (it's a little thing between me and Mrs Nobby!) I took it up in 2010 in conjunction with a light weights regime and have improved my spinal flexibility by three inches in the last two months (I've got a scoliosis so I'm trying to compensate for it with better muscle balance). It's also helped my climbing out of the saddle. I was recommended it by a sports physio so it might be worth a try? Good luck with whatever works for you.

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