Two weeks later, with a week off the bike, it is still there, a constant source of burning, tingling, numbness which is beginning to take its toll on my sanity. The pain is bearable now, more of a sense of intense pressure, but it is never ending.
I have spent almost every waking hour trying to come to some "light bulb" solution to end my misery and get me back on the bike with happy feet. I have enlisted the aid of bike crack addicts Dave Byers, Lynda Wallenfels, Ruth Cunningham, and Eddie O'dea.
I have done all the usual things: wide toe box, aft cleat positioning, wide platform. All those were in place pre-TNGA. Post-TNGA, Eddie addressed pedaling technique. Yep, after several rides, I figured out that I was pretty much following his advice during the race.
So two things are gonna happen ... soon. Tomorrow, I am going to see my podiatrist, hoping that he has "the magic pill." After much research and seeing how my hot foot has progressed over the past year, I am almost convinced that I have Morton's Neuroma.
Hopefully, the doc will give me some promising information with regards to surgery ... if indeed that is what I have. Otherwise, I am gonna ask him to cut off both feet and attach artificial feet made out of carbon fiber!
In the meantime, I have put on my cobbler hat and started to alter a pair of old Specialized MTB shoes with carbon sole. My intention is to move my cleats back another centimeter.
|this will hopefully equal pain free pedaling!|
I gotta run to Lowe's to get a 1/4" drill bit. I hope to give it a go tomorrow. As there are many of you out there that have this condition as well, I will keep you posted on my progress. Being in pain and not being able to pursue your passion is NOT FUN.