After buying my first bike I've probably not missed a single day without sitting on the bike.

I've been probably riding 10km per day after being somewhat out of shape.

Over the days I've noticed that I lose my breath faster and faster, and my muscles seem to stiff up.

This does not hurt or feel like "postworkout"-soreness, but more like passive cramping.

That is probably the best way to describe my problem. I'll probably see a doc anyways but I want some more input on that

  • Go to a doctor. Health.Se may be better
    – Batman
    Jan 19, 2016 at 22:11
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    Sounds like you're pushing too hard. Work on endurance more than speed. Find routes where you don't need to stop and wait for lights. Hydrate more. Hot shower when you get home. Pre and Post stretching may help (no consensus on this one sadly) And feel free to give yourself a day off to recover.... every day is ambitious to start .
    – Criggie
    Jan 19, 2016 at 22:29
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    Also consider using something like strava strava.com to track your progress. I know it generally doesn't feel faster as you progress, need something that proves your distance/speeds have improved. Definitely helps the motivation.
    – Criggie
    Jan 19, 2016 at 22:30
  • Hopefully you're not riding in an area with heavy automobile exhaust or other serious air quality issues? Jan 19, 2016 at 22:54
  • Define out of shape? Where is the cramping? As mentioned, rest is a good thing. Take a day (or even two) off each week when starting out.
    – ynnekkram
    Jan 20, 2016 at 7:36

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Have think about your bike fit, I once had horrendous ITB pain from setting my seatpost just a few mm too high. There's plenty of conflicting advice and opinions you can research.

As well, are you doing any pre/post ride stretching or body care? I use a foam roller on my legs, just a few minutes in the morning and evening (I commute to work & back) does wonders.

Finally, rest days are important! If you're going every day from a history of not riding, kick back and let your body repair itself.

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    Gidday and welcome to SE Bicycles - good first answer.
    – Criggie
    Jan 22, 2016 at 19:52
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    Upvotes for foam rolling! Foam rolling has literally changed my life. It's really important to take good care of your muscles, and there's no substitute for foam rolling.
    – eckza
    Jan 27, 2016 at 16:32

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