So what's wrong with having ropey calves? I have great calves (for an old, unfit, ex-smoker). They don't hurt when I walk or when I run, so what's the problem? The problem is they hurt when I go swimming and do front crawl leg-kick. My physio (what a nice man) says I should stop running until he's sorted it out.
I can't give up the swimming as It's my personal goal to complete a triathlon before my 61st birthday. The swimming and cycling were supposed to be the easy bits. All I had to do was learn how to run.