Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: western Massachusetts
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Good posture...don't slouch.
Move around in the saddle so your muscles aren't stuck doing one thing for long periods. I push my shoulders forward and back, squeeze my thighs and butt, and extend my head up to stretch out my neck.
If you have highway pegs, use them. If it's safe to do so, put your feet back on the passenger pegs for another way to place your weight on the bike. I have crash bars and rest my legs on them...nice to get my knees unbent.
Take breaks, get off the bike and walk around some. Stretch everything you can while off the bike. If you can, lie down and just relax for a few minutes. Even 5 minutes of complete relaxation is refreshing.
Stay hydrated. Muscle pain can come from being dehydrated. If you're not drinking enough water that you need to stop to pee now and then, you're probably dehydrated.
Take naprox or acetaminophen to reduce inflammation and take the edge off pain, but don't over do it. Your body is causing you pain because you're mistreating it. Better to prevent the cause of pain than to treat symptoms.
Take some long rides before you go on your big trip. Prepare your body for what's coming.
Enjoy the ride.
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