After the Barefoot 50 the only part of me that really was painful was my neck and across the top of my shoulders/upper back. I chalked this up to a few things:
1) The witch dumped me at the start and I landed on my right shoulder
2) The Camelbak was very full with all 2 L of water, granola bars, maps, camera etc...
3) Gem was a beast for the first 10 miles and while I hate doing it, I was definitely in her mouth and tense in the upper body for a lot of the ride
4) It was 50 miles!
It lingered for a while and I kept thinking it was more from the fall than anything else.
After the Hunter Pace Sunday I noticed that my neck and upper back/shoulders were once again painful. Not as bad as in October, but it was definitely sore and troublesome to look up or down or move my shoulders much. Looking side to side was fine. It is gone now, but still this is an odd new problem.
I didn't wear the Camelbak to the Pace because, well mostly because I didn't even think about it as I left the house, but also because I knew it was only 2 hours or less and there was lunch afterward. So I can't blame that. Also, I wore the Camelbak at the Biltmore 25 and on my 2nd 20 mile conditioning ride without issues.
At Barefoot Gem was a beast, but during the Pace she was relaxed and calm. I barely even touched the reins the entire time and spent a lot of it neck reining or just relaxing. With the pain occurring in the same distribution, I can rule this out as a cause with a fair amount of certainty.
The only other thing that changed pre-50 to present was the addition of using my sports bra to ride in. I never did before, even during the 25s I have done. I'm not sure why I never thought of using it before. I'm in no way a "busty" woman but I have enough that bounces and gets very uncomfortable and I always run in one.
I decided to grab it on my way out the door to Barefoot and was very happy that I wore it during the ride. Since then I haven't ridden long or hard enough to warrant wearing it, but I did put it on for the Pace.
And had pain.
Could it be from the sports bra? I've owned the thing for forever and wore it through all 4 of my half marathons without complaint. But maybe that's because I am moving my arms a lot more when running and not so much when riding?
Do you think a different style of sports bra is needed for riding? I have a really hard time finding one. I need a small size and most of the ones that come in my size are rated for yoga or walking. I need one for high impact sports, but don't really want to spend a fortune.
Anyone else deal with this?