Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Ottawa ON
Bikes: '04 Trek 1000, '05 Devinci Millenium; 07 Spec. Allez
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Post Ride Calf Muscle Pain (sometimes)
Anybody have any suggestions as to why my calf muscles, especially my right, gets quite tight post-ride?
- Type of ride: predominantly road (clipped) or hybrid (not). Clips = Crank Bros. egg beaters.
- In flight nutrition: electrolyte drink (not gatorade). On longer rides, bagels, bananas, fig newtons, gels, etc.
- My build: 5'8", 175lbs. Age 48. Broken right ankle at age 15 and 16.
- Pedalling mechanic: Left thigh is fore & aft and passes within 1" of top tube on the way over. (normal?) Right thigh is approx. 8-10 degrees to the right. I never really noticed this until midway through last season. (not normal?) I correct for it by pressing down on the inside on my right foot when I think about it. Cleats are identical in shoe sole placement.
- Symptoms: In-Ride (anywhere from 1-6 hrs): Nothing to speak of when riding.
Post ride: Sometimes pronounced limp, right foot. If I bend my knee and contract my calf, it often goes into a painful knot. The funny thing is, if I bear the pain, it subsides in approx 20-30 secs and lessens or removes limp.
If I do thorough leg stretches post ride, it doens't make much of a difference. I'm quite certain that I'm hydrated. Last winter I did no riding and walked with a pronounced limp at times. It was acute enough this summer to preclude me officiating minor football because I could not run well enough without significant discomfort. Again, it seems that by contracting the calf muscles, and bearing some pain, it makes the limp go away. Learning that trick by chance got me back into officiating. I should add at this point that I think my arches are fine. Left foot/leg has no issues. I haven't tried shims yet. Nor have I tried anti-imflammatories.
I fear this question is quite nebulous and may be hard for others to answer without all the facts but I thought I'd put it out there anyway. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions, I'd appreciate hearing from you.