Apr 4, 2012

O Cannondale

My right heel's been barking the last couple weeks.  Suspected plantar fasciitis at first, I'll bet that's Latin for "needles in yo' foot".  

Tried R.I.C.E (rest, ice, compression, elevation) and running through it, but the pain quickened and wrapped around to the top of the hoof.  Smells like a stress fracture, so I'm shelving the running laces for 6 weeks to mend. 

Burned through a spin class at work, felt fine since cycling pressures the front of the foot, not the heel.  As my quads twitched on the first climb of the workout, a wave of fond bike memories from 20 years ago snapped to:

Middle school, meeting up Wednesday nights with a pack of 25 at the local bike shop for a 35 mile ride to a small town dive-bar.  They had the best fried chicken, washed down with a slushy cherry Coke.  Stomachs rounded from bottomless plates of poultry, a couple vans and trailers hauled us back home.  I always slept so well those nights.

1990, I was 14 when Dad and I hammered a tandem 550 miles across Iowa in 7 days on RAGBRAI.  Other than sitting on the back of a limo-Schwinn 3" inches behind his sweaty spandexed Glute, it was a great week to spend with my Dad.

The running hiatus has turned into a blessing, giving me an excuse to forsake the pounding for my first love. 

Still have the bike from high school.  Racked up thousands of miles back in the day, but haven't touched it for a couple decades.  This week, I unlatched the trusty Cannondale from the hook and cleaned her up.  Rolled a quick 24 miler, she purred as smoothly as I remember.  Greasy-grinned the entire ride.  

I'm considering retiring from running this year and working the pedals full time.  Craigslist's on speed dial, hunting for a used bike carrier for the car and a tag-along to clip Pigtails on back.  

Anyone doing RAGBRAI this year? 





-Beard

19 comments:

  1. Anonymous4/05/2012

    okay, so you will likely think "yeah, right!" but have you tried drinking Welches grape juice (8oz) with 1 tablespoon of Certo liquid pectin daily for a few weeks? I found this remedy on the Peoples Pharmacy website for plantar fasciitis. Quite surprisingly it worked. What do you have to lose? A few dollars? How about a tandem or a tag-a-long so Pigtails can go with you? Wishing you and Pigtails the best.

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    1. Had to Google Certo liquid, sounds like octopus pee or something.

      I've been able to manage the plantar pain using a night splint, but I think there's also a stress fracture in the mix. It should heal up okay after a few weeks off from running. Still on the hunt for a tag-along or tandem, see the next comment below.

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  2. yo momma4/05/2012

    You could use our tandem ????

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    1. Would be cool if Pigtails and I could ride that same tandem Dad and I did years ago. Transporting it could be a problem, think you have to have an x-long rack to hold it. We'll take it for a spin next time we're in town, thanks!

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  3. I was so excited to see an Iowa reference here! I grew up in Des Moines (living on the East Coast now), and RAGBRAI was always such a fun experience. Hope you do it!

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    1. Plans are in the works for Pigtails and I to ride a day or two of RAGBRAI this year. A lot needs to happen to make it a go, I hope we can pull it off!

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  4. My mother just told me that my step-father has plantar fasciitis. Before then I had never even heard about it, and now this post on this new blog I just started reading. Maybe it's a sign that I'm to cure this ailment, however I have only just begun and you know how long improvements in medical science takes (and it's usually by fluke), so in the meantime try a massage and an orthotic and start walking toe-heel instead of heel-toe. Good luck!

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    1. I can manage the plantar problem, the stress fracture is kicking my butt though. A night splint works well for plantar fasciitis.

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  5. Ugh! Sorry the foot isn't better. Hope the biking does the trick, and it can heal. I am guessing after 6 weeks you will be ready to come out of retirement and hit the roads again! In the meantime, enjoy the bike!

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    1. I'm getting addicted to the bike, just got back from a 90 minute trail ride. You'll have to pull me off kicking and screaming to get me back running. Good luck on your marathon!

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    2. Triathlons solve that dilemma!

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    3. I sink in the water, know how to swim, but not very fast. Lessons would help, I hear being speedy in the water is all about technique.

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    4. Exactly. Lessons did the trick for me. It's just so great to have cross training options. I hope your foot feels better soon!

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  6. Anonymous4/06/2012

    I heard that if you get a pet for your kid it cures plantar fasciitis...

    Just saying... it's got to be a less gag-inducing option than octopus pee.

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    1. But then with a pet you have to worry about dog pee or cat pee or hermit crab pee.

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  7. Linked you in my A to Z post, hope that's ok! Hope you and Pigtails have a wonderful Easter!!

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    1. Thanks Angel, happy Easter to you too.

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  8. Smiling as I read this, as my husband is going through an obscene amount of Voltaren Gel, Reparil Gel and Myprodol, and all of us doing our best not to get a sniffy cold, as it is...12 days to Ironman South Africa :-)
    (Which he'll be doing with his trusty old Scott)

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  9. This is gonna sound crazy, but google 'Active Relief Therapy" for your foot. The procedure hurts like hell, but it's really the only way to get rid of PF.

    Try it.

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