What great responses, thank you!
A few answers, for the questions that stuck out in my mind:
Yes, I got a custom fit on my bike. I’m doing another fit appointment – so I’m printing out the responses and will check the angle of the handle bars very thoroughly.
I need to move my hands around, that’s certain. I’m not comfortable on the drops (will work on this) and did lock up too much. Also need to change body position more often, absolutely. You’re bringing back painful memories, which is good!
Numbness was from the pinky finger in, so not carpal tunnel.
I’m working on my core with a trainer and when I ride I always use gloves with gel padding.
Are some gloves better than others?