Peroneal muscle fatigue - what am I doing wrong?
Hi all. OK here's my problem - the peroneus muscle in my lead leg KILLS me by the end of the day. For those of you who don't know, the peroneus muscle runs from just below the outside of the knee and attaches to the outside of the foot. Google image search peroneus longus or brevis if you want to see a picture.
Anyway, I can feel myself constantly contracting this muscle when I'm boarding and I think I'm doing it for stability because when I consciously try and relax it I do feel a bit less stable, though I'm not sure why. At first I thought my boots were too big and that maybe I contracted my peroneus to keep my foot more securely in the boot, but downsizing boots didn't help that particular problem at all. So then I tried switching around my bindings. I went from 15 in the front and -12 in the back to 0 and 0. That didn't help either. So then I tried keeping my back leg at 0 and putting the front leg to around 12, which maybe helped a little but not much. Then I tried bringing my bindings a little closer together and I think that may have helped a little bit as well.
But the problem still persists so now I'm thinking it might just be a technique issue...like I've gotten into a bad habit or something because the strain seems to get a little better if I consciously put more weight on the front of my board, like maybe 60/40. But this also makes me feel a little more out of control. Maybe I just need to practice this? How much weight should I be putting on my front foot? Another thing I'm trying to do is stand in such a way that I feel the board solidly underneath me with both feet if that makes any sense - like straight up and down. But when I do this I feel like I'm about to fall backwards. I know I'm making myself sound like a beginner but I've been boarding for 10 years and I'm actually pretty good. I think I just must have acquired some bad habits somewhere along the way.
A friend suggested that I try to angle both bindings forward at around 25 and 15ish which is what I'll try next unless you guys have some better ideas. Has anyone else had this problem before? It's very annoying.
Thanks in advance!