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    03-23-2012, 02:13 PM
Getting back into shape after a riding hiatus

I rode pretty much weekly during the school year and every day during the summer from the time I was 6 til I was 19, then dwindled down between college, working and the military. Now I'll be back to riding several times a week and I'm not as young as I was then. Can anyone give me any useful stetches or exercises to do, so I don't wreck my body with my enthusiam?
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    03-24-2012, 10:40 PM
Bathtub and glass on wine?

I'd say just be prepared to feel muscle groups you forgot about, particularly in your thigh area. I would say, just shake everything out after you ride while your muscles are still warm, and really a nice hot bath would help at least the first few rides back. Welcome back to riding!
    03-24-2012, 10:52 PM
Stretch your large muscles, legs, arms, stretch out your sides. After your ride, stretch again. Then like Puck said, nice hot soak, no longer than 15 mins though and a nice beverage of your choice.
    03-25-2012, 10:57 PM
Well, I do it the easy hard way. If I haven't ridden for a good while, I just ride...and sit the trot while I'm at it. Your legs and back (sitting the trot out of shape will do a number on it) will tell you exactly which muscels need attention, strengthening and stretching. And, I don't do baby stuff like hot soaks and sode - er pop. :) kidding.

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