Painful calves - updated
So I'm increasing my distances now and hitting 100km and although I'm feeling good at the end of them (exhausted but still good), I'm getting really painful calves and I'm not sure why.
My thighs have a bit of a burn and my knees are fine so just wondering if anybody else has experienced this. The calf pain seems to set in at about 30 miles, which is not much at all and is mainly my right leg. Left calf started to hurt at 50 miles yesterday. It got to the point where just turning the pedals, without any effort, hurt like hell. Pulling away from lights nearly killed me.
I was wondering if it could be that my cleat on my right shoe is not set-up properly - my foot is at more of an angle on my right than on the left, or is it that I am just now beginning to stretch my calves? I would have thought that if it was just a training/fitness thing, it would affect both legs equally.
Any suggestions gratefully received as there's not much point cycling if it starts to really hurt after just 30 miles.