Sunday, February 22, 2009


Since we have 30mph winds today I set up the trainer and spent 55 minutes on it, just 15 miles. I was going to ride further, but stopped because of some pain in the bottom of my left foot, right over the cleat. From the start of my serious riding, my toes always got slightly numb, but it didn't bother me very much. The past couple of months have been a lot worse, though, and I don't know why. Nothing has changed. Same shoes, pedals, cleats. A few weeks ago I moved the cleats back a couple of millimeters, but that didn't help. It can take as much as 45 minutes after a 2 hour ride for my toes and the bottoms of my feet to feel normal again. Today was the first time there was any pain while I was pedaling, and rather than risk any sort of injury that would keep me from riding, I stopped. So, does anyone have any suggestions? A cure maybe? I am not giving up my bike.

1 comment:

Glenn_in_MA said...

Seems like us "older" guys have all the same riding problems! I've suffered with the numb toe problem recently as well...don't remember it being much of an issue 10 years ago and back. My toe problem goes something like this: left foot more than my right foot, onset on any given ride gets delayed the more my weekly mileage goes up, on long rides (>50 mi) the numbness spreads to most of both feet from the toes back to about the ball of my feet. Unlike your situation, I get almost immediate relief when the ride ends.

Ray over at Bike Noob has also blogged about this a few times, most recently in this post:

I'll be taking this up with my doc at my next appt (he rides too)...except last year he simply said, "you're getting older...more aches and pains...get use to it" or something along those lines!!