Lower neck / shoulder pain during cycling
Hi all, I'm just after some advice, although after I give you some of the information, I can guess what most people will say. I'm 5 ft 10 ish and have an off the shelf Halfords tdf road bike (Large - 58cm) I have never been fitted to this bike.
On rides over 20k I start to get stiffening at the base of my neck and between my shoulder blades. I can continue, but around the 40k mark it becomes slightly more painful. If I turn my head left, everything is fine, if I twist right to see what traffic is behind me , then it feels like I've been stabbed in the neck.
I went for a 60K bike ride a few weeks ago and thought I could live though it. I did, but paid the price of being in discomfort for a couple of days.
I've tried moving my seat backwards and forwards to see if it was an over reach problem, but it doesn't help. Today I raised the seat up a little, and to be honest, this appeared to make things worse as I got sore well before the 20k mark. (Although my average speed was a lot better!)
During the rides, if I tuck my chin to my chest for a period it can give me some relief, and also sitting upright to take a drink helps, but it's soon back.
I really want to do an Ironman or Half Ironman, but now I'm worried I won't be able to make the distance without a whole load of pain.
Any idea's of things I could try?