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My Diagnosis


February 2012

I’ll be heading to see my doctor in the next day or so but I’m pretty sure I’m looking at tendonitis in the left Achilles though the pain is higher – more in the mid to upper calf and radiates down…  The pain is all too familiar though – feels fine the more I’m moving, hurts like hell when I start out…

I should have been stretching more – this would have been avoided.

In the end, the problem was most certainly a combination of the repetitiveness of motion inherent in cycling (or spinning in this case) and my jump in running mileage.

In any event, I’m certainly not a doctor so I’m definitely going in for a visit so I can get a solid treatment plan.  This is one reason that I appreciate my family doctor so much – he is fantastic with sports injuries and he concentrates on fixing the problem rather than supplying a bunch of pain meds and suggesting too much rest.  He understands how we fit freaks roll and gets us back as soon as possible.



  1. Ouch. I hope you get better soon. And I agree about the doctor–it’s great that he tries to fix the problem rather than cover it up. Good luck.

    • bgddyjim says:

      My diagnosis was close, but the reality is that it’s not anywhere near as bad as I thought. Thankfully I don’t have to take any more time off – I’m back on the bike tomorrow, although the doctor recommended a change in cadence for the next day or two until the muscle can stretch back out… And as it turns out, it’s something I’ve been needing to work on anyway – letting my heel drop a touch on the back part of the stroke (which will help stretch it).

      I’ll be back to running on my normal schedule too. The news is as good as it could have been considering the fact that I did get hurt.

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