Monday, March 31, 2008


Exeter Time Trial, originally uploaded by Sabine Dukes.

Its Monday and I have a neuroma.

And I hope this won't be a whine post, but it just might.

The neuroma is killin me. I thought I was a tough chick, but this little bundle of nerves has brought me to my knees.

Michael says my Danskos are probably to blame and that I shouldn't wear them anymore!

Excuse me?

Have you seen my shoe collection? If I don't wear Dansko's I am left with only a pair of flip flops, an old pair of running shoes (as if), some cheap ass Target garden clogs, my go-go boots (that I can only wear for about 7 minutes), and lots and lots of Sidis.

So I went online to look for neuroma friendly shoes. I don't suggest that anyone under the age of 80 ever ever do this. Ever. Not even to just look. Its that scary.

So, now I am walking around the office in my socks and hoping for the best.


Everyone's racing but me. I'm not really sure how I feel about that yet.


Sulpher Springs is every bit a tough climb as I remembered. Are climbs ever easier than you remembered? And, I'm sorry Beth!


Doesn't Michael look like a little misplaced cloud in that photo above?


So, I've been too busy to blog. And too busy to do bella stuff...but not too busy to work on Michael's new site or my pictures. I have had a great time working on Michael's blog and tinkering with it, and getting community interaction going on it and almost breaking the interwebs and stuff. I think it means that I needed something new to fiddle with. So, there you go.


At 6:01 PM, March 31, 2008, Blogger Kimberly (aka. DrKim) said...

what's a neuroma? And don't ever give up the danskos!!!!

At 6:05 PM, March 31, 2008, Blogger Ippoc Amic said...

be one with not's a long fupa season... And Michael's blog looks almost as good as
Michael...the banner area is the links to your pics site...

At 6:44 PM, March 31, 2008, Blogger Lilly Bella said...

now don't get neurotic about that neuroma, you need a flexible shoe that bends easily in the forefront...(born, merril) and wide, try those they are comfy and nice looking.

I'm sure Miguelillo has the bag of neuroma tricks but you can relieve it with a proper pad placement between the metatarsals that will separate the bones and relieve the nerve. I got this and still have it flare up everyonce in a while. I know when you're my age you will have the reputation of having just about every injury there is to have.

You either got it from inflexible in the toebox area shoes and trying to force the flex (climbing uphill in cycling shoes) or from too tight in the toebox shoes.

At 6:47 PM, March 31, 2008, Blogger Rachel said...

Wish I had these Dansko's!

Love all the photos you post. Very cool.

At 7:06 PM, March 31, 2008, Blogger teamwelliver said...

Lilly says climbing uphill in cycling shoes...hmmm....

Don't get rid of the Danskos. Though I do have a pair of Borns and they are almost as comfy as my Danskos.

No worries - Sulphur Springs was good for us. That race meant nothing to me. And seeing that guy at the top was priceless.

At 7:25 PM, March 31, 2008, Blogger marscat said...

we rode that course and i think you captured it perfectly...and lilly has more feet info than does a person good.

At 8:26 PM, March 31, 2008, Blogger Velo Bella said...

lilly lives feet

and there is nothing flexible about Dankos.

I'm crushed

At 8:28 PM, March 31, 2008, Blogger Velo Bella said...

aw man, that dude at the top. I totally forgot about him. Might have to add him to the next random blog....

At 8:30 PM, March 31, 2008, Blogger bbElf (a.k.a. panda) said...

Comfy shoes are worth their weight in gold. I bet you could find a pad to make the Danskos work for do not have to go quietly into the land of granny shoes!!

At 8:37 PM, March 31, 2008, Blogger X Bunny said...

i think i want lilly to check my feet

At 9:36 PM, March 31, 2008, Blogger Ippoc Amic said...

am I a granny? I love my borns...and wide toe box cycling shoes are the way to go...but I still don't know waht neuroma is...

At 9:53 PM, March 31, 2008, Blogger chatterbox said...

Oooh. A neuroma. I'm worried I'm getting one in my left foot.

I hope yours goes away on its own.

You should spend your precious free time doing what you love. No need to make excuses for that!

At 8:30 AM, April 01, 2008, Blogger aahunter said...

Sulfur Springs, as in Demo? I think Tractor is a better climb--better surface, more consistent gradient. Plus you get to reverse some of the Ridge Trail.

At 9:34 AM, April 01, 2008, Blogger lauren said...

born shoes or vans. they both have a "wide toe box" and are comfy.

i have like 5 pairs of each. super, super duper comfy.

born makes some pretty cool shoes that go with everything and you can wear to work.

how come you're not racing?

At 10:26 AM, April 01, 2008, Blogger Velo Bella said...

Ha Aaron,
As we were climbing Sulpher, I told Beth that there are crazy people who prefer climbing up Tractor and going backwards up Ridge. Nice to see you did not disappoint.

I've climbed up Tractor twice (a 3rd would make me a fool)At least on Sulpher, I can actually ride my bike.

I think I need some new Sidis

At 10:36 AM, April 01, 2008, Blogger aahunter said...

Hey Sabine,
No, crazy is climbing up Corral trail (we do that, too!).
Sorry about foot pain. I know from experience that it can be debilitating.

At 10:37 AM, April 01, 2008, Blogger tash said...

I think new Sidis are the cure. Giving up Danskos...might as well just cut off your feet.

And if Michael is a cloud, does that make him a poofball cloud?! Just sayin'...with that white skinsuit and all.

Beautiful pics you have been posting!!!

At 10:51 AM, April 01, 2008, Blogger T. Marie said...


The other day I said to my old coach, "I don't feel fit and I'm not racing a lot, but it's a long season, right?"

And she said:

"It's a long life. Don't worry about it."

So do what you love to do. If you want to take pictures, do that - you're really good at it! And you can always come back to racing whenever you want to.

And I still think we should all just go barefoot.

At 3:30 PM, April 01, 2008, Blogger jen said...

your coach is a wise woman, t.

i really hate wearing shoes. i used to get very funny looks wandering around the archives in flippies. serious business that research thing. anyway, i have shoes from both born and merril. sometimes i even wear them.


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