Cycling and Calf pain

Occasionally I may treat a cyclist and generally, if the training is heavy, the complaint will be the quadriceps muscle or the calves being sore and overworked. Naturally, the quads are very active during the whole upstroke and downstroke of cycling and most of the power comes from there but there are things you can do to reduce the amount of stress on the calves. One big one is to move your cleats back and make sure that they aren’t too far forward. When they are too forward, the calves may be working too hard. Bring the cleats back a little and there will be a better balance between the quads and calves contraction during the downstroke in cycling. You can give it a try by placing the cleats back, go for a ride and just feel how much the calves are working. Generally, they aren’t supposed to be dominant movers but just to stabilize during cycling and then to kick in a little more during climbs or sprints.

Move the cleats around and you can find a position that is best for you.

‘A Vuchella

This is another song that I recorded with Kim Cousineau here in Victoria at the Music Conservatory.

The translation is: (this is heavy-duty mushy stuff with a PG13 Rating) Please be advised.

Yes, like a little flower,
You have got a sweet mouth
A little bit 

Please give it to me
it's like a little rose
Give me a little kiss,
give, Cannetella!

Give one and take one,
a kiss as little
as your mouth

which looks like a little rose
a little bit 

Click here and have a listen.

Me and the Ginger Tea

I’ve wanted to write about this for a while. It’s never fun when you first feel a cold coming on and you wonder what you should take, so I thought I would pass on what seems to have always worked for me. It is pretty simple too. When I feel it coming on I take a couple of grams of Vitamin C (2000 mg), chop up some fresh ginger root and put as much in hot water as I can and just drink ginger tea with honey all day. Since I have done that, I have never felt anything settle in. Maybe it’s just the Vit C, but Ginger also has very potent anti viral properties that are good for colds and flus.

Click here for more infomation on ginger. It’s really good stuff.