2 dumps is usual before I can leave the house most mornings. and I tend to ride at night within 5 minutes of my little one going down, so the wife has to deal with any get ups!! har harhar.
Do you warm up before going cycling?
It's safer to stretch warm up and stretch again before you ride and warm down afterwards (with some stretching).
That is so wrong. Stretching when cold is more likely to tear muscles/damage them. Warm up first and then stretch if you think you get a benefit after that.
I think it's probably all been said above, but my summary:
There's no need to warm up before merely "going cycling" if you are riding off at a comfortable pace, but it's a good idea to warm up before the start of a flat-out effort, whether that's a proper race or just a group ride hammering off up a hill...
I find it's important to stretch occasionally during/after riding, especially long days, or else I get more and more hunched and immobile. From what I've read, stretching doesn't really have much effect in enhancing performance or reducing injury, but it does make me more mobile and comfortable in my daily life. I've taken to doing a short routine of pilates after my commute to work (before spending 8h hunched over a keyboard).
I warm up for short intense rides like cyclocross, timetrials, crit racing, hill climbs but never for general rides or long races. General rides just start steady, long races generally start steady as well as.
for the short stuff the warm up is usually 20-30minutes a mix of slow riding with some hard bursts to get the blood flowing. I've found that if you make your first hard effort in the warmup rather than of the start line in CX then it is a huge help.
I'm going to have a stab in the dark here. Not married? No kids?
20 minutes spent fannying around before you head out on the bike, is 20 minutes in which to be accosted by one of your off-spring for help with homework, a lift to football practice, or hospital as one of them has just fallen off the sofa and sprained her knee*. Or to hear the apparently innocuous "could you just.....?"
If you bothered with any of that nonsense, you'd never make it out at all!
Anyone married with kids knows: as soon as you've got clearance, seize the moment, grab your bike and get the **** out of Dodge. FAST!
And 20 minutes 'warming down' afterwards, is 20 minutes less in the pub. Which is a crime against nature
You poor bugger, that sounds a nightmare. Yeh I wouldn't bother with any of it if I was in that situation. But thank fek i'm not. 'Make yer bed...' and all that! I'll take a stab in the dark at...
a once in a blue moon trip to the same old trail centre' when (and if) you can escape' followed by three times as many miles and way more skills round the bar and when the wife is asleep more secret purchases on CRC and a quick flog over the latest Miley Cyrus vid.
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