leg tightness during brick workout runs...suggestions?

leg tightness during brick workout runs...suggestions?

Post by sarah and joe » Sat, 19 Oct 2002 14:23:25


Hey folks,

I've just recently started doing one and sometimes two relatively short
brick workouts per week.  The bike consists of about a 30 minute pace ride
and the runs are usually 35-45 minutes at slightly slower than race-pace.

I've been finding that my lower leg (calf and front-outside shin) has been
really, really tight about 10 minutes into my run.  I have been trying to
stretch regularly and it doesn't seem to help.  The legs get so tight during
the runs i have to stop and stretch at least twice every half hour because
otherwise it's impossible to maintain my normal gait.

I'm wondering if this is a symptom of my bike setup.  I recently put on
aerobars but I haven't used them all that much.  And my bike fits well, it
was a custom measure job by my local shop who knows what they're doing...

Is this something i will just have to stretch out frequently and just live
with or is there something else i can do to relieve this crappy tightness
that totally slows down my runs??  ANyone else in the same situation.
Suggsetions appreciates

cheers

 
 
 

leg tightness during brick workout runs...suggestions?

Post by Marty Ga » Sat, 19 Oct 2002 23:48:27

couple questions - how long have you been running, how long have you
been riding...you may need to strengthen those muscles before that
discomfort goes away.  a couple things you can work on would be ankle
exercises (write the alphabet with your foot) and calf raises.
basically, though, if you're just getting into it then you're
experiencing the learning curve...keep riding and it gets easier.

marty


Quote:
> Hey folks,

> I've just recently started doing one and sometimes two relatively short
> brick workouts per week.  The bike consists of about a 30 minute pace ride
> and the runs are usually 35-45 minutes at slightly slower than race-pace.

> I've been finding that my lower leg (calf and front-outside shin) has been
> really, really tight about 10 minutes into my run.  I have been trying to
> stretch regularly and it doesn't seem to help.  The legs get so tight during
> the runs i have to stop and stretch at least twice every half hour because
> otherwise it's impossible to maintain my normal gait.

> I'm wondering if this is a symptom of my bike setup.  I recently put on
> aerobars but I haven't used them all that much.  And my bike fits well, it
> was a custom measure job by my local shop who knows what they're doing...

> Is this something i will just have to stretch out frequently and just live
> with or is there something else i can do to relieve this crappy tightness
> that totally slows down my runs??  ANyone else in the same situation.
> Suggsetions appreciates

> cheers


 
 
 

leg tightness during brick workout runs...suggestions?

Post by Armi » Sun, 20 Oct 2002 00:31:53

Quote:

> Hey folks,

> I've just recently started doing one and sometimes two relatively
> short brick workouts per week.  The bike consists of about a 30
> minute pace ride and the runs are usually 35-45 minutes at slightly
> slower than race-pace.

> I've been finding that my lower leg (calf and front-outside shin) has
> been really, really tight about 10 minutes into my run.  I have been
> trying to stretch regularly and it doesn't seem to help.  The legs
> get so tight during the runs i have to stop and stretch at least
> twice every half hour because otherwise it's impossible to maintain
> my normal gait.

> I'm wondering if this is a symptom of my bike setup.  I recently put
> on aerobars but I haven't used them all that much.  And my bike fits
> well, it was a custom measure job by my local shop who knows what
> they're doing...

> Is this something i will just have to stretch out frequently and just
> live with or is there something else i can do to relieve this crappy
> tightness that totally slows down my runs??  ANyone else in the same
> situation. Suggsetions appreciates

> cheers

Back of the pace a bit for a while and keep doing bricks. It will get
better... or at least it did for me.

Armin

 
 
 

leg tightness during brick workout runs...suggestions?

Post by Fran » Sun, 20 Oct 2002 10:54:01

The bike set up may have been for a traditional "road" rider - time trialing
on aerobars followed by running may require that you adjust your position



Quote:
> Hey folks,

> I've just recently started doing one and sometimes two relatively short
> brick workouts per week.  The bike consists of about a 30 minute pace ride
> and the runs are usually 35-45 minutes at slightly slower than race-pace.

> I've been finding that my lower leg (calf and front-outside shin) has been
> really, really tight about 10 minutes into my run.  I have been trying to
> stretch regularly and it doesn't seem to help.  The legs get so tight
during
> the runs i have to stop and stretch at least twice every half hour because
> otherwise it's impossible to maintain my normal gait.

> I'm wondering if this is a symptom of my bike setup.  I recently put on
> aerobars but I haven't used them all that much.  And my bike fits well, it
> was a custom measure job by my local shop who knows what they're doing...

> Is this something i will just have to stretch out frequently and just live
> with or is there something else i can do to relieve this crappy tightness
> that totally slows down my runs??  ANyone else in the same situation.
> Suggsetions appreciates

> cheers