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Today, on my ride, my calf popped and locked up during a sprint

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Today, on my ride, my calf popped and locked up during a sprint

Old 10-21-08, 08:54 PM
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Today, on my ride, my calf popped and locked up during a sprint

I was out doing an interval with a new cycling buddy, and it was my turn to pull.

I went from about 15 to 24, he said, and right then I felt a sudden thwock in my leg. no loud noise, just a kind of feeling like you get pushing a spoon into jello really hard.

my calf locked up and i couldn't put weight on it for a good 5-10 minutes.

before this sprint, i felt a little pop in my calf before and figured "it's just my lightly aging body complaining too much and I need to HTFU"

HTFU was the wrong solution in this case.

now instead of doing intervals all week like I planned, I'm going to have to visit the ortho.


the good news is that after pedaling home from the park (a few miles) with one leg and my other leg tucked under the frame and my foot into the vertical bottle cage I can stand on it and walk around. It just feels like someone punched me REALLY REALLY hard in the calf. Like a big bruise.

I can move my foot and it doesnt hurt. i can flex the calf...but I can't push with it. I can't run. I can walk slowly, but I can't really jump.


I'm HOPING it's just pulled and not torn.

lesson learned: ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS STRETCH.

and get massages regularly.


blah. I was planning to step my training up this week so I can be more like PCAD.
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Old 10-21-08, 10:21 PM
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I sort of know this feeling. Do you usually feel a tight pull afterwards?

When that's happened to me, I would immediately go easier in my workout and spin until the pain subsided.
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Old 10-21-08, 10:26 PM
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Sounds like "tennis leg".

http://www.southern.usta.com/sportsc...categoryid=395

If so, you'll be walking on your heel for a week or so. No big deal.
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Old 10-21-08, 10:45 PM
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I've got a safe full of cherries 'cause I pop it and lock it....
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Old 10-21-08, 11:09 PM
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maybe a longer warm-up next time...due to the colder weather
it usually takes me 3-5miles to warm up in warm temps i think 8 would be better now since temps are dropping
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Old 10-21-08, 11:11 PM
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Originally Posted by OneArmedScissor View Post

lesson learned: ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS STRETCH.
There is this and much more out there, though I don't agree and always stretch.
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Old 10-21-08, 11:34 PM
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I assume you've been to a Dr by now. What did he/she say?
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
I assume you've been to a Dr by now. What did he/she say?
too late. I'm not going to waste my time going to the ER. Those guys are better at bone breaks and sexually transmitted diseases from guys who walk in and suddenly decide that their lovely lady lumps are lumpier than usual.

I'm going to have to wait until I can get in to see a REAL doctor who knows about this stuff. Probably thursday.

I'm really hoping I can drive to work/the doctor. I haven't tried. Beer and wine is keeping me from screaming bloody murder right now.
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What you do in the first 48 hours can really effect your healing time. R.I.C.E. & Ibuprofin is much more helpful than booze dude. A drunken stumble could just f*ck your leg up more.

But of course, you know this...right?
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The lesson is, not to just pop and lock, but to pop, lock, and rock it. People always forget that last step.

J/k, hope everything works out for you. Agree with dcbikeguy, you can't go wrong with RICE.
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I guess you're a one legged scissor, now, eh? Sorry, I couldn't resist. Are you certain it's an injury? If feels more like it's been strained, try carefully flexing it a bit. I find that, after I've pushed a muscle too hard and it's had time to cool down a bit, rubbing and massaging it while flexing tends to ease the pain quite a bit.

If it's injured, well, then continue with your present course of action.

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Originally Posted by K-S2 View Post
The lesson is, not to just pop and lock, but to pop, lock, and rock it. People always forget that last step.

J/k, hope everything works out for you. Agree with dcbikeguy, you can't go wrong with RICE.
Pop, lock and rock it? Wtf is that?

I can only assume that you meant "pop, lock, and drop it", a reference to that crappy pop rap song by Huey.

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I have to say it...you were poppin and lockin on a bike?
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Originally Posted by Flatballer View Post
Pop, lock and rock it? Wtf is that?

I can only assume that you meant "pop, lock, and drop it", a reference to that crappy pop rap song by Huey.
Mea Culpa. It seemed more logical to me that one would rock it, instead of taking the time to pop it, lock it, then drop it; rap, however, works according to its own rules.
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bigger question is why did you accelerate from "15 to 24" if it was your "turn to pull"?
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Originally Posted by MDcatV View Post
bigger question is why did you accelerate from "15 to 24" if it was your "turn to pull"?
we did a cool down lap and I was in the back.

still hurts today. no time to go to the doctor. They never called me back, either so I'm going to have to keep calling.
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Pop-Lockin'

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