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Ankle issue?(4 posts)

Ankle issue?must_pedal_harder
Apr 18, 2001 10:51 AM
I was out for a short ride today and really noticed that when I push down on the pedal my toes are pointing up and my heel is down more.

I've read somewhere that this has to do with calf construction but I'm worried I'm lossing a lot of power because of this - any suggestions on keeping your ankle more stiff? Should I even be worried about this?
re: Ankle issue?Hap
Apr 18, 2001 11:42 AM
I probably shouldn't post a reply since I don't the proper mechanics of foot/ankle position while pedaling. If I had to guess, (which I don't but will anyway) I'd say my foot remains fairly parallel to the ground.

But I am posting because reading your handle, "must_pedal_harder" and the comment "when I push down" makes me wonder if you are hammering rather than spinning. I visualize myself "turning the pedals" not "pushing the pedals". I don't try to keep may ankle stiff, I really don't think about my ankle.

This isn't much of an answer, I know, but think "pedal faster" or "pedal circles" rather than "pedal harder". Just my $.01.

Hap
How about "down stroke" :)must_pedal_harder
Apr 18, 2001 1:49 PM
I think I'm pretty good with the pressure all the way around - I try to visualize lifting my knees up to my chest, helps keep my cadence up (naturally there's always room for improvement)- but thanks for the thoughtful reply.
re: Ankle issue?nc
Apr 20, 2001 5:31 AM
Anquetil pedalled lines not circles forward/down and back, so simple
yet very effective.
The difference between a normal tt rider and Anquetil could be
explained exactly by the following example.
Take two competitive rowers in competition, one uses the sliding
seat and makes maximum use of arm and leg power, while the other
rower uses a fixed seat position with his legs also in a fixed
position (90 degree angle at the knees) and this rower uses hand
power only with very little assistance from the downward pressure
of his legs which is used mainly for balance and stability.
You would have no difficulty selecting the winner in this contest.
While the role of the arms and legs is reversed in cycling compared
to that used in rowing, the above example explains how Anquetil
could power his pedals to victory in tt after tt, even after drinking
into the early hours. His technique enabled him to combine the arm
and leg power, just as the rowers do.
His technique has the toes always pointing downwards at the end
of the power zone and while the ankle remains almost in the same
position it is not locked in a rigid state.