Question: I've been riding in temperatures of 20-30F degrees and think I'm dressing correctly. I feel cool at the start of rides and fairly warm at the end. The problem is my legs feel like lead for at least the first half hour. I wear cycling tights with long underwear underneath. What's up? -- Len G.

Coach Fred Matheny Replies: Freezing temperatures certainly can cause legs to feel stiff.

You may be suffering the aftereffects of the previous day's ride. As long as your legs loosen and then feel fine, I don't think you need to be concerned.

Here are a couple of ideas.

First, stretch your legs before riding. Then spin low gears until you start feeling warm on the bike. Perhaps you're demanding too much too soon from muscles not yet ready.

Second, wearing two layers on your legs may be reducing flexibility or even circulation. This could cause a heavy sensation. Think about investing in a pair of tights with wind-resistant front panels. Then you'll be as warm without wearing two layers.

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