or, Stupid Move #106. So last night I'm out on my usual nightly loop cruising along a fairly flat street in the big ring/middle of cassette, and decide to take a left I've never taken before. As soon as I take the turn I realize that this is one of those streets every town has, only about 5-6 houses long but straight up. Now I'm already putting alot of pressure on the pedals and know that if I try to shift something bad will probably happen. So what do I do? Turn around, go down the hill, shift while doing a u-turn on the flat then head up again, Noooo, that would be too sensible. I decide to stand and grind it out. About 3/4 of the way up I feel a pull and large amount of pain in my left calf, Ouch.
Made the top, pedaled easy along the flat at the top and the pain started to go away. Now I had to do the 1-mile 6% climb up Adin St, then the 1-mile 4% climb up Harmony to get home. The Adin St climb actually went incredibly well, I managed to maintain 10mph for the whole climb without too much pain. The Harmony climb started well but about halfway the leg really started hurting. This morning I can feel a slightly painful pull in the calf with every step. Still going to try to ride tonight.
To Stubborn To Shift