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    Newbie Groin Pull

    Hey Guys!
    I have never posted here before but thought I would give it a shot...

    I recently ditched my car and started relying on an older (fairly maintained- I just got it fixed up) mountain bike for my daily transport needs.... I live in Edmonton which is fairly to moderately hilly, sometimes with heavy snow conditions (like 6 inches of ice on all pavement in winter, which melts and turns like a washed out, pothole-y gravel road thats made out of packed snow) for a couple months in the spring. I alternate commuting with an LRT system which requires me to haul my heavyish bike up several flights of stairs everyday. I think I average between 4-15 Km a day, maybe at least 5 days a week, some weeks less (0-4 km), sometime more (30km in the river valley natural area going through swamps and deep snow and cliffs and stuff). I also use it to carry my groceries and stuff, sometimes I have about $100 dollars ( 20lbs-30 ish at max?) worth of groceries between a bag and a carry rack on the back of my back.

    I am not an athletic person, this is pretty much what I have to do to get around here, and what I'm asking is is this enough to cause a moderate sort of long term groin pull or muscle strain? I found that my right groin muscle sort of started twinging last fall when I went from 0-10km a week biking, it got better when our temperature went down to -25 to -40 for several weeks and I was using the bus, but started up again when I started regularly again in April... now it has progressed to pretty throbby pain in my hip, thigh and back area.

    I don't have any experience with this type of long term muscle problem, and was reading that it could indicate a sports hernia, or a slipped disc... does anybody have any sort of experience with this in regards to daily biking? I didn't think I was doing that much biking, but then again, I no so experienced with this stuff, and if so, is bed rest a long term solution or is it related to how I go about my activity and the road conditions? I'm pretty impatient and usually late for work so maybe I'm not warming up properly, suggestions?
    Thanks guys!

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    Yes, it's enough exercise to pull your groin. Yes, it could be a hernia. You could even be full of crap. Seriously, that can cause pain if you don't go enough. Go see a doctor and get it checked out. Try to follow the advice they give you.

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    New question here.

    hmm.. thats what I was figuring I would do, but for the future, how can I still bike everyday without damaging my body?I feel that I am doing something wrong....

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    I posted in your thread in the beginners forum. FWIW I don't feel that the response you received here was 'pretentious' as you described it.

    How can you bike every day without damaging your body?

    That's tough; we're all different. In your other thread I suggested having your fit evaluated as well as seeing a doctor.
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    Since it has been getting worse, I think the Dr. is the right track, but if you can't do that right away, try laying off the bike for a couple weeks straight and see if it improves like it did in the winter when you took the LRT. You probably overdid it to start and then it never had a chance to heal. This is probably the only thing you are doing "wrong", you have toisten to what your body is telling you. If you have no alternative, use a very easy gear and go slow to minimize the strain.

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    ha sorry, maybe I misinterpreted the 'could be full of crap' reference, I'm used to dry and subtle sarcasm in these here parts, it's Edmonton, we're a notoriously a bunch of passive aggressive jerks...
    If I take a couple of weeks off, should I be using an alternative form of exersize like swimming so I don't just restrain myself or just take it easy completely ? Or is that an answer only a doctor should have? I just worry about becoming too doctor dependent, I haven't had good experiences with them with my family, so I want to cover my bases before I go in.... Thanks guys!

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    oh sorry stupid question.... what would be an 'easy gear' I never really fine one that its particularily easy, I just try to find one that offers a nice balance, right now it's 6-3, but maybe I need to learn more about how to apply them at the right times, any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duchowski View Post
    ha sorry, maybe I misinterpreted the 'could be full of crap' reference, I'm used to dry and subtle sarcasm in these here parts, it's Edmonton, we're a notoriously a bunch of passive aggressive jerks...
    Nah, limba was a butt hole but you didn't give the rest of us a chance to chime in

    For gearing: efficiency-wise you want to be in a gear that lets you pedal 80-100 rpm. The gear that allows you to do that will be different for all of us. At stop lights I usually gear down darn near to the granny gear, just to make sure I can get rolling when I get my green.

    For the weight transfer question you asked in the beginner's forum, I'm not sure I have ever paid attention to how I shift my weight. At stop lights I clip my left foot out but I don't know if while riding I tend to put more weight on one side than the other. Since ditching the back pack though, my hip pain is 100% gone.
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    No, I wasn't. I meant the op could be full of **** literally. If you don't go to the washroom enough that can cause pain in your lower back and groin. Go to a doctor. An x-ray will show if you're full of crap or not. A urologist can tell you if you pulled your groin and a specialist can tell you if you have a hernia or not. At least you can start ruling things out.

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    I am completely unqualified to give you any advice on your injury Duchowski, but I'm from Edmonton too, so welcome!

    A properly fitted-bike shouldn't hurt you, so you could try playing with your bike setup a bit...raise or lower the seat, tilt it up or down a bit, move it back or forth a bit, adjust your pedals if you're using clips or cleats. (But before you start doing that, use a pen/whiteout/photos/something to mark how everything is currently set up so you can put it back that way).

    For overall bike-fit issues, you could go to one of the local shops for advice. Or since it's bike month here, there are a tonne of bike-related events happening. The calendar is here. If you go to any of those and visit the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters booth I'm sure there would be plenty of people willing to give advice (although their advice may be as unqualified as mine)

    Also, have you tried stretching? There is lots of info about cycling stretching out there, but I like the ones on this page as a starting point: http://lovingthebike.com/video-blog/...ling-stretches. I don't do a warm up in the mornings, but I do stretch when I get home at night.

    And like nachomc, try pedaling faster in a low gear instead of slower in a high gear. Instead of 6-3 maybe try 4-3 for a while?

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