Take the ace wrap on and off the next few days and apply heat. Cycling up Mt. Diablo my calf is hurt/ stiff when I start but feels much much better half way through the ride. Most pain is when I first wake up and then when sitting at work--where I am limping around.
|Fourth of July on top of Mt Diablo--hazy Antioch in the background 3,848' below (Ward-o-photo)|
|With Diablo Cyclists after coming down from the top of Diablo. Diablo Scott tipped us off a few years ago about this place to take a photo of the steep final ramp--from this spot it even looks steeper (Ward-o-photo)|
Sometime on the 4th the answer dawned on me and I was not happy. My calf muscles aren't sore. I have a vascular problem. Perhaps this became apparent when I went to rub the most tender spot on the back of my calf and a I was touching a huge vein bulging out. Ten years ago I had a vein stripped from my left leg--not fun--I imagined this having to be done again ASAP.
Next day was a cycling rest day but calf hurt more than the beginning of the week--same on Friday where I figured I may as well get a Kaiser appointment (usually a few weeks away at the earliest) and to my surprise I got to see my doctor the same day. Dx'd as SUPERFICIAL THROMBOPHLEBITIS. Phlebitis, oh shit-that' a dirty word-but doctor convinced that they'll go away. Doctor said I do some great rides--impressive "for someone my age" (shutup.) Full strength Naproxen, sleeping/ working in support socks (if I wear them with shorts I can look like I retired to Miami Beach), and elevate my legs/ apply heating pad. Luckily I got past the Sierra Double Metric Century and Alta Alpina Double with this crap..
|High in the Oakland Hills wih Ward and Christine.|
Sunday was Donnie & my 34th 'versary (we can't be that old--ok yeah she has a bad knee and I have bad veins so between us we have two good legs--we're that old) Long long drive to Ft Bragg, mostly on curvy 2 lane roads. I'm sure some motorists bitched about the dozen bikes that caused cars to check their speed or sometimes stop for a moment---but we were bitching about the @ two dozen auto tourists who constanly were going- 5/-10 UNDER the speed limit for miles and miles and miles and we couldn't pass them for 15 minutes at a time.
|(above) shhhh-The building in the back really isn't Eggheads, which is across the street (below) Pt Cabrillo Lighthouse|