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    Never Happened Before

    Ok, i know this can be caused by alot of stuff, but i have never had it happen to me until yesterday. I was just standing at work and all the sudden I get a major lower back pain (not sure if it was a nerve or disc) but it brought me to my knees. I have always been moderately active with weights etc, but never did any biking until a few weeks ago. I havent noticed anything indicating that i am pushing to hard or anything. I usally do 10-15 miles every other day and have been doing around 30 miles every sunday. Has anyone else ever had that happen when they first started riding? Could it be the position i ride in or does my back just need to get used to riding? Thanks in advance!

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    could be MANY things....including doubling to tripling your ride length.

    but if something so painful that it causes you to drop to your knees I'd go see a doc....and NOT seek advice in a cycling noob forum.

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    That sounds very unusual. I've had lower back discomfort from riding, and severe muscle soreness from heavy lifting at the gym. None of it was drop to the floor material.
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    sounds like you may have a back ache.

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    If it were a continuing pain i would consider seeing a doc, however it was short lived and i was uncertain if it could be something i was doing wrong on the bike since prior to riding it had never happened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHUM View Post
    could be MANY things....including doubling to tripling your ride length.

    but if something so painful that it causes you to drop to your knees I'd go see a doc....and NOT seek advice in a cycling noob forum.

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    ^ + what he said. A bike forum is no way to diagnoss a back pain.

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    You may be going at it a little to hard. Going from zero to 75 miles a week is a pretty dramatic change in a short period of time. You might want to back off a little and give things time to adjust.

    That said, your back is nothing to screw around with. If it were that bad, I would get it checked out BEFORE I did any more long rides.

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    Are you stretching good after your rides? Core work?

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    Coffee, I actually follow the P90x program so i am doing alot of strecthing and yes a good bit of core (probably not enough, that is my most missed session). I do stretch for about 20min before the rides, but to be honest i dont do much after the ride. Guess it would probably be a good idea to start some strecths afterward.

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    core is my biggest neglect also. Stretching after the ride is very very important. I do at least 20 min after every ride. After races I stretch for about 10 min then do a few miles of cool down then a big stretch session. I used to get the same back problems you described. since I started stretching good I have not had a problem for over 3 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHUM View Post
    could be MANY things....including doubling to tripling your ride length.

    but if something so painful that it causes you to drop to your knees I'd go see a doc....and NOT seek advice in a cycling noob forum.

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    See a Doc.
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