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Fibro Feelings – Mountain Biking

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On some weekends, when I’m feeling good and the weather is nice, I go mountain biking with The Helpful Hubby and friends. We usually ride easier single track trails, stay hydrated and take breaks often. We want to become better mountain bikers so we took a 3-hour skills class this weekend. I was a little nervous about taking such a long group class due to my fibromyalgia and the fact it was my first ride of the season, but I went into it knowing I’d just take a break if needed.

I treated my wrists well last week and was feeling good when I showed up to the class. The class was a mix of practice exercises and trail riding. After 1 ½ hours I was physically worn out and one of my wrists had started hurting. I put on my soft wrist brace, but opted out of ~30 minutes of trail riding so I could take a break before the group rode the trail back to the parking lot. My sit bones were extremely sore and sensitive so I was anxious to be off my saddle. I have tried multiple saddles and had nearly the same result with them all. I plan on buying some paddled cycling shorts to wear underneath my clothes soon. I have heard those really help and I’d really like to be able to ride longer without my sit bones hurting. Mountain biking can be a little hard on my body, so I do what I can to make it comfortable. I will write a separate post about those things in the future.

The day was fun and I was SO happy that it didn’t rain as originally forecasted. The Helpful Hubby knows biking takes everything out of me and he happily handles transporting, cleaning and storing our bikes while I go off and collapse. Neither of us had energy to cook dinner though, so we got food and brought it home. All I wanted to do was relax on the couch ’til I went to bed, but I had a committee meeting to go to for the Arthritis Foundation. The following day my body was somewhat sore, but besides my sit bones I was feeling pretty good. I did laundry, dusted and vacuumed – more than I’d been able to do for quite awhile!

Muddy Shoes

What my shoes looked like after the ride


Comment from Mags
Time July 6, 2015 at 7:32 am

Great to hear of a fellow mountain biker with fibromyalgia.

One of the things that made me realize things weren’t right was my in ability to climb well, I’d always preferred the descent but climbs were a challenge that I had been improving on. Think I might try some up lift days.

Bit of a ramble sorry. My reason for emailing was to say great mtbiking wise, and also I ride with 2 padded shorts under my lose biking shorts, the lycra is fine enough not to look bulky, defiantly helps me. There are also many creams to protect the skin in the short area great for longer rides.

All the best enjoy your riding. Mags


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