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Old 08-09-09, 01:16 PM   #1
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Century in 2 weeks

I have a century in 2 weeks, and I am up to 65 miles at this point and time...so I think I am good for malking the ride. I did have something happen today that has not happened before since I started riding...and that is my feet started to kill me today! I rode 65 miles last week, and had no issues...and the reason that I did not go any further today was due to 20-30mph winds, humidity at 78%, and at 6am this morning the heat index was 85 degrees...and the biggie was that I had already gone through 92 ounces of water in 3.5 hours and I had none left.

I know that runners experience swelling in their feet when they run long distances, so I stopped at one point because the feet hurt so bad. I loosened up the straps on the shoes, and gave them a quick massage and I was good for another 15 miles before they started to hurt again...right where the cleats lock into the peddles. Could it had been a hydration issue, heat, or ?

I was taking HEED for the first 2 hours, drinking every 15 minutes along with endurolytes. After the 2-hour period I was using Sustained Energy with the endurolytes. I would appreciate any ideas that you might have, and the only variable that has changed was a new pair of cycling socks.
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What type of shoes and pedal system are you using?
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Specialized shoes, shimano Ultegra peddles. Up until today, I have had no issues with pain in that area.
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Was this just a pain, or were your feet cramping up? The problem I have is calves start cramping, which is like trying to curl my toes down. That is somewhat related to hydration, although just time on a bike seems to affect it as well, and getting off the bike for a couple of minutes helps.
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Was this just a pain, or were your feet cramping up? The problem I have is calves start cramping, which is like trying to curl my toes down. That is somewhat related to hydration, although just time on a bike seems to affect it as well, and getting off the bike for a couple of minutes helps.
It was pain, no cramping...kinda sharp pain at times. I tried wiggling the toes thinking that maybe it was a blood flow issue, but when I did it just compounded the pain a bit. When I got off the bike, and took a load off the pain would go away for awhile.
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I have a century in 2 weeks, and I am up to 65 miles at this point and time...so I think I am good for malking the ride. I did have something happen today that has not happened before since I started riding...and that is my feet started to kill me today! I rode 65 miles last week, and had no issues...and the reason that I did not go any further today was due to 20-30mph winds, humidity at 78%, and at 6am this morning the heat index was 85 degrees...and the biggie was that I had already gone through 92 ounces of water in 3.5 hours and I had none left.

I know that runners experience swelling in their feet when they run long distances, so I stopped at one point because the feet hurt so bad. I loosened up the straps on the shoes, and gave them a quick massage and I was good for another 15 miles before they started to hurt again...right where the cleats lock into the peddles. Could it had been a hydration issue, heat, or ?

I was taking HEED for the first 2 hours, drinking every 15 minutes along with endurolytes. After the 2-hour period I was using Sustained Energy with the endurolytes. I would appreciate any ideas that you might have, and the only variable that has changed was a new pair of cycling socks.
I get foot swelling, after about 2.5 hours. Pain is much less if I remember to close my shoes just tightly enough to hold them in place, allowing extra room for the change. The hotfoot sensation is due to pressure against the shoe.

I also switched from quill/rattrap pedals to platform touring pedals, old Campy Chorus and my old C-records, from my parts box. Just a little less focused pressure.
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For me, I had some toe pain this year during long distance rides and i was able to solve it by moving my cleats back a bit. It sounds like hot feet to me rather than nutrition related, one thing to try is using thinner socks, or go to a foot doctor and get some custom orthotics in your shoes.
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