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Leg Pain/Burn.. What To Work On To Minimize..

this is only my second season riding.. here is my issue.. i go to the gym a few times a week, do mixed martial arts as well, run 2 to 3 miles a week.. in generally good shape or at least i think so.. 6 foot 3 roughly 200lbs...

when i ride.. first few hours of riding no problem feel great.. but after that this ONE area in my legs just really start to burn out fast.. muscle group above knee in the front of my leg thigh area.. it just sucks.. because im just learning how to ride and LOVE it.. but this pain really cuts down on my ride time.. the next day its still a little sore.. within a couple days its back to normal..

am i doing something wrong? bindings setup wrong? or am i just a bitch .. what can i do to remedy this... i LOVE to ride but need to make that NOT hurt..

any help/advice would be greatly appreciated..
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You have to build up your lactic acid threshold. Maybe pick up cycling in the snowboarding off-season, 15+mph on road or 7+mph mountain biking. It's my first year riding (snowboard) but I have been a longtime cyclist and have had little to no issues with my quads/calfs.

Other than I have really been wanting to snowboard for a long time, the main reason was to keep my legs working out in my off-season (mountain biking). It just makes it better that I have become addicted to snowboarding as much as biking.

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You have to build up your lactic acid threshold. Maybe pick up cycling in the snowboarding off-season, 15+mph on road or 7+mph mountain biking. It's my first year riding (snowboard) but I have been a longtime cyclist and have had little to no issues with my quads/calfs.

Other than I have really been wanting to snowboard for a long time, the main reason was to keep my legs working out in my off-season (mountain biking). It just makes it better that I have become addicted to snowboarding as much as biking.
maybe ill start to hit up the bikes at the gym instead of the treadmill and see how that goes.. what you said about lactic acid kind of makes sense... when i first started to lift i had really bad muscle burn, drinking a lot of water during and after kind of seemed to help.. thanks for the advice..
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This could also be related to your stance? it may be setup too wide or wrong? Refer to the board setup guides if you are unsure if your board is setup correctly
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^^ yep, like the previous guy said. Your stance might be too wide.

If that's not the case however, your muscle might be weak or another muscle may be trying to compensate for it. Nothing a little muscle activation exercises can't fix though. No worries.
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Do you ride regular? And what angles do you have your bindings at now?

From what you posted, it sounds like you need to reduce your back binding angle. I had the same problem with the muscle group you describe, to the point where the muscle was cramping after 4-5 hours. I was riding with a duck stance, with the back binding at about
20 deg and dialed it back to about 15 and it was all good.

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You're just learning to ride. I'm guessing you're hitting some big hills and are plowing a lot on the ride down. Am I right? If so, you need to head back to some smaller hills and master linking turns, etc. etc. Then when you head back to the bigger hill, I guarantee you won't feel the burn any more.
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Just takes time and if ur outta shape ofcourse its gonna burn...burning is a good things, know u worked something out lol
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The best advice I can give you is learn to ride switch!

The following paragraph is from an article I wrote on Switch Riding <- full article

Full-body workout: When you incorporate switch into your snowboarding you will get a much better full-body workout. If you constantly ride in one direction, you are only working certain muscles on either side; this often leads to rapid muscle fatigue (think about your back leg on cat-tracks or towards the end of the day). You are working the different sides of your body in different ways; not only will this lead to fatigue, but you increase the chance of injury.


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I just can't see this being related to being in shape or not at all. I never do any exercise and smoke and drink as much as possible, I'm fine shredding all day and days in a row.

However, stance and technique can play a simply massive role in these things. I had the same problem as you when I first started, and I would hazard a guess your issue is the exact same. When I was on my first couple days all I knew was falling leaf and snow snowploughing. I would pick up speed and break hard on my heel side and then go the other way in switch and then snowplough again. Thats all I would do and it burns the crap out of that exact muscle you are talking about. The second I learned to link turns that pain was gone forever. I used turns to control speed instead of heel-side breaking.

If you aren't linking turns yet and this sounds like what your doing then I would say get a lesson, you sound like your in good shape, once you get your technique down you should be able to shred all day without a problem.
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