i first noticed this when I did a 12 hour race a couple of weeks ago. I deduced it’s from gripping with my toes while cornering, descending, and putting out larger watts.
Gritted my teeth, got through it, got fourth overall that race.
In my training rides I spent some time being mindful not to grip with my toes. But most of my time was on the trainer and it was a non issue.
Did a 24 hour race last weekend. Was leading with 1 other rider for 14 hours who went on to win.
10 hours in I remembered “oh yeah. My toes” at that point it was too late to be mindful about it though. And the pain became so excruciating that at hour 14 I pulled out of the race like a wuss. While being in the lead /sob
My shoes are 4 years old. Ok should replace them. But cycling shoes are supposed to be rigid and inflexible and little cushioning. No tightness around the toes. Plenty of wiggle room. Happens in wet and dry. Doesn’t happen on the trainer or steady state rides.
I’m planning to replace the inserts. Maybe buff up the padding around the toe area. Wondering if anyone else has experienced this issue, or if I’m a unique snowflake for being stupid and stubborn about replacing shoes.