Ok cool, thanks man. Appreciate the help.
Any thoughts on creatine use by cyclists?
Been riding a lot lately (~200 mixed miles in the last week or so) after not riding a lot all winter and I've picked up this nagging pain and stiffness at the base of my achilles tendon. I've read up on this and "ankling" during my pedal stroke, and that might be it, it also could be that my hand surgeon went in there hoping to scavenge my plantaris tendon to replace... whatever, it's a long story. I've been cycling for years and I've never had an issue, so I'm somewhat wondering if maybe there's some scar tissue in there that I've torn or is abrading and irritating the sheath around my Achilles.
I guess my question is, do you know anyone who's had this kind of pain? And other than ice and ibuprofen, is there anything I can do to expedite the healing? Perhaps massage/stretching?
I know you're not a doctor, but I have a feeling you may play one on Tv...
But, seriously, I'm not familiar with this particular type of pain. I'd ask in the Road forum.
It could be simple overuse or more complicated like saddle height, cleat position, adopting a new pedal stroke, or using lower/higher gears. See what those guys say.
Cool, thanks. After looking around it sounds like my saddle might have been too high. I'll see what gently stretching it out with one of these-
some ibuprofen and some rest (going to be crappy weather wise for the next week) will do for me.
I figured I'd ask you first because I have been standing and hammering a lot lately, something I thought would resonate with you and the type of cycling you do most.
Hell while I'm at it, there's no velodrome local to me, but I'm fascinated by the thought of track cycling- it's pretty much the only thing I have yet to do on a bike. Are there any workouts (something like ladders or intervals for track running) I could do on the street to make my maiden voyage raise some eyebrows when I do finally hit a velodrome? Strava (lol) has my peak wattage spike north of 1000 watts, I know that's bullsh*t, but I'm not exactly a little guy so there might be something there.
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Any advice for staying stable during standing sprints (on the track)? I find that I don't feel like I have as much control when I'm standing so I end up holding back quite a bit, particularly in the turns. Just practice? Thanks
I feel like even though calves are a "support" muscle, it is still a vital part of the equation and can be utilized in some way, if anything to rest the other muscles during a hard pull. I feel like the core, the entire body, etc. is pretty much like a bike frame, and if you have a weak link it should be strengthened.
Just my 2cp's, /notcarleton.
Yes, your calf muscle will get stronger the more you call upon it. If the rest of your legs are being trained to apply much more force, then the calf will in turn have to be stronger to hold your foot stable under the increased load.
I've been trained by some great coaches (one who specializes in weight training) and not one has mentioned any calf exercises.
Even push-ups utilize the calf muscle as a stabilizer meaning they benefit; lunges, squats, sprints, long-distance running, spins, dancing. It's just too easy to get in the required "work" for anybody to invest effort in making it larger outside of mass-building early in a body building program.
Ever ridden around the track in the opposite direction?
I have ridden clockwise once, its very very very odd.
If You Meet The Buddha On The Road, Kill Him
i just read all 100 pages of this thread it was very interesting and insightful
and now for a personal shopper question...
On April 1st at the track here in boulder they opened it up to be ridden backwards for a few hours. Huge line of people means I left.
How did you break a saddle? I thouught they would be designed to survive bumps...
Originally Posted by johnnytheboy
Several saddles break every season at our track. Either the saddle body or the rails.
Did you get hurt? That sounds dangerous.
Get this, it happened during warmup before a night of racing. I just came off the track and checked the saddle angle and made some adjustments and started racing. I didn't notice that the saddle was broken and raced the whole night on it. It wasn't till I got home and took everything apart that I saw this: