Get Fitted For Your Bike
I see so many people with their bikes improperly set up, whether their saddles are too low or their reach is too short or too long. That really impacts the contact points on the bike, particularly where your shoes meet the peddles. It's like driving a car with the seat too far forward. Putting in the time and effort to get your bike properly fit to your body is essential. Then you're halfway there. If you're going to suffer for an hour, you need to be in a comfortable position so you can relax as much as possible. There are simple ways to adjust the bike yourself. You can find them online or bring it to a shop for a quick fix.