A semi flexible sole is good for enduro rides, and these particular Bonts are good for that, plus they conform well when hill climbing.
I don't intend to ever stop riding & it's had far effect on both my physical and mental health over the last 15 years than any other form of exercise I've done. I broke my back in '98 - a couple of crush fractured vertebrae & broken ribs - cycling has ended up being one of the best exercises for recovery & maintenance & been the core of my long term return to a fitness level I haven't had since I was in my early 20's (I'll be 45 this year).
I've been overtaken by an older, 1 legged gent on a mountain bike heading up Mont Ventoux, seen 80 year olds fly past me up Alp d'Huez & groups of crusty old buggers (& girls) flying around the Ardennes on their bikes. Sure they'll be having their fair share of physical niggles but they've all got in the realm of 30+ years on me & they're still having a ball :3
Scotland is the next big riding trip in a year or so - some decent climbs & lots of enduro rides.
Not sure where I was headed with this, but I do love me some bike :D
Yeah, I've had a couple of quiet-ish weeks with the training & may have pushed it a little hard on return. Going to talk to a podiatrist about the foot, especially with the semi-flexible carbon soles on the bike shoes (which I think have casued part of the problem over the years), and a physio for the glutes. For sure the knee issue is tied into the whole thing - these are rarely isolated problems when cycling.
Guess I'll be spending more time on the trainer and less on the hills for a while :(