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Old 2011-09-08, 08:59 PM   #5307
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Location: Grenoble, France
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Originally Posted by johnfoss View Post
Congratulations on your metric century! Part of your problem may have been from not stopping enough earlier. I completed an old-school century in June, and probably stopped at least once every 10 miles. Let the circulation go and I think it helps you last longer.
With saddles, I think the only way to know what works for you is to try it. It's a very personal thing. I used the Freeride with the channel down the center, and it works very well for me.
I used to experience that when I was training for Ride The Lobster. Lots of miles, at high speed, and working on speed instead of distance may have been a factor. I had to loosen the laces in my 5-10s so they didn't squeeze my feet quite so much. My century ride was done at a more comfortable pace, and my feet never bothered me.

I did learn a technique to keep the circulation flowing without stopping. If you curl and uncurl your toes for at least 30 seconds in a row, it seems to last a while after that. Or try making your shoe laces looser.
Thanks John for these precious advices!

I will definitely remember these ones when I will do my next metric centric ride... especially that I should stop early to not feel too much pain later on, and that I should try lacing in a more loosely way my shoes.

Actually, after years of solo or duo rides down here in Grenoble/France, 6 riders are going to meet for the first time on Saturday and hopefully one or two will be ready to join me for a century ride some time during Fall!

Cheers, MadC.
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