About six months ago, I started jogging a couple of times a week. Right off the bat, the backside of my left calf got real sore, and never really seemed to recover. It didn't really seem to affect anything, so I continued running and riding. I stretch it regularly.
Last month I was on a short, albeit hilly, bike tour. I was doing a lot of climbing and I felt the calf straining, but again, it didn't really give me any problems so I just kept on with it. When I got back from the trip, I went for a jog after a couple of days rest. The next day the calf swelled up and got very tight and painful. I took it easy for a little while, iced it up daily, and laid off the running. It got better, but not completely.
I'm currently on a long bike tour and the calf is barely hanging in there. It swells up a little sometimes in the evenings, and sometimes I feel it straining during the day while riding. It seems to be taking a long time to heal.
I've never had this sort of injury before. Are the Achilles tendons inflamed? Does anyone have any experience with this sort of thing? Any advice?