Cycling and Blood Clots?
Cycling and blood clots are generally not topics that enter the same conversation. Cycling brings to mind sport, physical fitness, and a healthy lifestyle, where blood clots bring to mind cardiovascular disease, stroke, and generally poor health. Recently though, cycling and blood clots have been used in my conversations together every day.
My right leg has been a mystery to me ever since I began racing. Even though it is my dominant leg, and I tore the anterior cruciate ligament in my left knee, my right leg was always the weak one. It would always fail before my left leg would even feel an effort on the bike, and be weaker when beginning strength training in the off-season. My right leg would fill up with this incredible burning pain, far worse than the normal lactic acid burn, in time trials and on long climbs, where my left leg would be fine.