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stiff calf muscle(4 posts)

stiff calf musclesimonb
Apr 11, 2001 2:18 AM
ever since is started 'serious' road biking, i've suffered
from a stiff right calf muscle. it doesn't seem to
hold me back at all, but it's there, and i always
notice it.

at first, i tried to move the cleats back and forward,
but didn't notice any big difference, so i left
them in the same position. i measured my legs, but they
seem about the same length.

when i started training again after xmas, i've been
focussing on spinning, both as a good technique
to master, and also to see if it helped loosen
up my stiff calf muscle.

however, no luck. anyone else had this problem, and
managed to solve it?

cheers, simonb
Stiff occasionally, especially.....E3
Apr 11, 2001 1:04 PM
...when it starts getting warmer, and I ratchet up the mileage. For me, there's no magic remedy. I just do lots of stretching. Not only prior to riding, but throughout the day for whatever muscle group I'm having trouble with.

For example, at the gas pump, while I wait, I do calf stretches by standing on the edge of the island and lowering my heels.

Unless you have an injury, thorough pre- and post-ride stretching usually alleviates the problem.

Also, be careful not to overuse a stiff muscle. In my experience, a stiff muscle is an easily strained or pulled muscle.
may want to get it looked at...hacksaw
Apr 11, 2001 2:57 PM
I hate to sound paranoid or like somebody's grandpa, but I had a stiff calf for about a week and it turned out to be a blood clot in a vein behind my knee. After about a week of minor discomfort, I was feeling around and actually found the stiff vein. The really serious clots are deeper and you prolly won't feel it from the outside. Mine was not bad, but near enough to a bigger vein that I got the full treatment with 10 days of self-injected blood thinners (fun!) followed by 3 mos of pills. Beats the alternative, though.
oh yeah and...hacksaw
Apr 11, 2001 3:00 PM
This happened about 6 weeks after RAGBRAI. I had done little or no cycling or exercise since the trip as I was really swamped at work (a desk job). I was 29 at the time, no history of this sort of thing.