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[RC] calves and lessons - Lynn White

I used to road-race bicycles and developed big calf
muscles and they never went away.  I also have kind of
a genteic propencity for thick calves.  We even have
kind of a family portrait which consists of everyone's
calves...mine are the thickeest.  I don't have calves,
I have cows! I am  5'3" and weigh 125 pounds, but I
have to wear large or extra large half chaps.  My
calves got so sore I had a hard time walking.  About
two days after riding more than 40 miles my calves
were really sore.  They were almost cramp-like. I
could not stand to have them even touched. It got so
bad I had to take the elevator at work! I've been
experimenting with electrolytes, diet, balancing my
seat differently, etc.  

What I did find that worked was using those Futuro
ankle braces...the ones that have the really stiff
plastic sides.  I got one when I tore a muscle in my
ankle.  I wore it all the time and under my riding
shoe to keep me from re-twisting my ankle on uneven
ground.  I now ride with one on each ankle. I think
the extra support helps support my ankles when I post.
I still get sore calves, but it's not so crippling.

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