Sunday, August 10, 2008

Stir Crazy

Don't worry, Rabbits' Guy...Quick post to report that I was a Smart Runner today and did not run.  I iced, stretched, and rolled but refrained from running.  Instead, I rode my bike for the same amount of time I figured I would have been out running.  But all of this was not without great mental difficulty.  I've only taken one day off and am internally going crazy.  I am going to have to deal with this one day at a time.

Something is wrong with the positioning of the cleat on my cycling shoes.  Ever since I first got them I'd get a deep achy pain in the lateral aspect of my right foot.  Since I haven't really ridden very far or on consecutive days it was something I was willing to live with for now.  But, having ridden two days in a row, the outside of my foot now hurts almost like a bruise.  I'm thinking my toes are positioned inward too much and I'm putting pressure on the outside of my foot as I try to point them more outward as I pedal.  But, what do I know?  I'm too lazy to drag my whole bike back to the LBS to get it professionally looked at, so I may just fiddle with it myself tomorrow.  Of course, the whole bike was set-up by a supposed bike-fit guru and I'm reluctant to go and tweak things he did.


losangelesdaze said...

No need to bring the whole bike, just take in your shoes and have somebody you trust at the shop take a look at them. They will be able to see if your cleat makes your toes point inward too much or not. I hate messing with that type of stuff myself, because I like symmetry and if I feel I messed it up even by a hair, I get agitated.

Runner Leana said...

Oh, ouch, that can't be good! Definitely get the pros at the LBS to take a look.

bunnygirl said...

I recommend asking some crit riders who is the best bike fitter in your area. A truly top-notch fit will take at least an hour and will require you and your bike. The fitter will adjust the bike, your cleats, and everything else you can think of, but you'll be set after that.

You can really screw up your knees with a bad bike/cleat setup, so be careful!

In the meantime, try the elliptical trainer or some pool running. If you have your own pool running belt and a place for open water swimming, I recommend it as an alternative to deep-water running in a pool. In open water, you can fix on a distant buoy or shore and fight your way toward it. Much more fun than the swimming pool!