The Chief and I went on a longish ride Sunday, after I purchased some good bike shorts with padding and to eliminate any chaffing. The 90 minutes we were out was wonderful. I hadn’t known that the further south you go on the Keystone trail between Omaha and Bellevue was such a beautiful place. It is almost like untouched prairie out there in spots.
We turned around into a nasty wind, and that was when I started to really notice my body aches. This was my first ride since March (?!), so I knew I would be sore, but this was a bit unexpected. In particular, my shoulders and back were starting to tighten up. So, I brought my shoulders up onto my back like in Cobra. Instant relief! I felt everything start to loosen up, and my hands even got more circulation to them.
And you know how your ass and nearby areas hurts after your first few rides? Well, mine still hurt. That is, until immediately after our yoga class last night. I sat down to put my shoes on to leave and felt like I had squeezed the Charmin. My butt was blissfully less sore. We had worked on opening up our hips all night. Ben’s tutelage has cured what was ailing me!
I know these are all symptoms of a beginning rider and that they’ll go away soon enough, but I have to say that yoga really helped out in making them less noticeable.
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