pedalling with dropped heels - bad idea ?
After experimenting with different types of pedalling techniques (I'm a roadie), it seems to
me that the most efficient for me, especially while climbing, which is a discipline in which I don't
really excel (and therefore need to improve...) is letting the heel drop while pushing the pedal down, and while relaxing the calf muscle of the leg that pushes down, which makes the foot feel rather
passive, and on the down motion of the leg the heel is dropped and the toes are pointing up.
As far as I can tell, this is not like 'Ankling', because here the calves don't push during the downstroke, but rather remain passive.
I do have a concern with this technique however: it appears to put quite a bit of load on the
Achilles tendon while pushing down, especially at the beginning of the down motion, where the
heel starts to be pushed down, there seems to be a certain impact at that point.
I am a little worried that I may damage that tendon (or anything else), even though
after finishing rides where I pedal this way, my legs feel actually real good, like after a good
Does this technique sound familiar to anyone ?
Any opinions as to whether it might cause any damages ?
Thanks a lot.