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    Quick Question

    hey yall!!
    Well i recently started cycling and i absolutely love it!
    Im 17 years old...and i recently purchased a Fuji Nevada 3.0 ..to crave my cycling hunger..
    Well 3 days ago i rode for 22 miles against the wind some up hills and stuff..then the day after, i jogged for 2 miles.. today i am pretty sore...my question is should i ride today.?
    or rest ive heard different opinions on this..my dad says i should ride .. and it will go away plus i will stretch my muscles....
    Any input is greatly appreciated!!!

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    The fact that you're asking indicates that you're not hurting too bad. I'd do a short ride, under an hour, just to stretch and warm up the muscles.

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    Welcome to riding...It's a great sport.

    I'm not a doctor or anything, but when you work your muscles what is actually happening is you are creating micro tears in the muscle fibers. General opinion is that you should allow a day off between working a muscle to allow it to heal. The healing of the muscle is filling in those tears which accounts for larger muscle mass.

    That being said, you're not necessarily going to do any damage from activity three days in a row, but you want to make sure not to over train as this can lead to injuries.

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    Although its useless in retrospect.

    After a long ride, a short ride soon after (same day - along relatively flat, easy ground) is a great way to "warm down" muscles - having done this, you'll find yourself much less achey the next day.

    I dont know, perhaps its psychological, but its always done it for me.

    Had a good day (2 laps at 21km, black) last week, followed it up with a gentle ride around the green (5km) to warm down, no problems whatsoever the next day.

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