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Help!! I am beaten by muscle cramps in my calves(10 posts)

Help!! I am beaten by muscle cramps in my calvesRodger Cohen
Apr 6, 2001 12:36 PM
I've just experience the worst cramp yesterday and I literally fell off my bike. I started cycling just about a year ago, distance ranging from 15 to 50 miles. However, one out of every five times that I biked, I would experience medium to strong cramps in my inner calves(sometimes the right leg sometimes the other). I've tried everything. I am well hydrated, I stretch for 30 min before I bike, I have electolytes in my system, I drink enough water and intake carbohydrates during the ride, I am fitted to my bike by a professional, I even massage my leg muscles before the ride. But it does not seem to help. I don't know if I've actually pulled a tendon yesterday but it hurts a lot, if I just flex a little. I usually can notice little symptoms before the muscle cramps up, and I would try to slow down. But sometimes it can happen wihtout any symptoms(like yesterday). I love cycling too much to give it up. But I am really sick and tired of the extraordinary pain. Do I still have a chance? Or should I just do some "light-touring" from now on?
Huhmmm....tell us more about it...........and yourself....gimmeaminute
Apr 6, 2001 12:41 PM
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What he said.Lazy
Apr 6, 2001 1:50 PM
I used to have calf cramping problems. As JBrown said, heels down has helped a ton. In fact, since I modified the pedaling a little I haven't had a single one. Also try stretching your calves from time to time while on the bike.
have you tried?jbrown2036
Apr 6, 2001 12:45 PM
Have you tried peddaling with your heels down? When you are really mashing for a while your calves aren't getting the blod flow that they need and tend to cramp up (used to happen to me). I know it seems obvious, but your description covered everything else.
Here's what I do....Mellow Yellow
Apr 6, 2001 12:59 PM
I too am prone to massive muscle cramps towards the end of my rides. Some so hard that I can't walk or even get off my bike. Yikes!!! What has worked for me?
1- Pre-hydration: Drinking Gatorade or Cytomax the night or day before the ride
2- Taking Calcium & Magnezium w/Zink tablets at bed time before the day of a ride. Something in the calcium helps control the the cramps
3-S T R E T C H: But it seems that you already do that.

Does are my suggestions. Good luck!
Mellow Yellow
One other thing to look at.Highgear
Apr 6, 2001 2:35 PM
Make sure the ball of your foot is over or up to 3mm behind the pedal axle. Feel for the boney protrusion on the inside of your foot with your shoe on, mark the center of that spot. Now clip your shoe(-the foot) into the pedal and see if it lines up with the axle or is a little behind. Let us know if any of this works. Good Luck
Here's what I do....Mellow Yellow
Apr 6, 2001 12:59 PM
I too am prone to massive muscle cramps towards the end of my rides. Some so hard that I can't walk or even get off my bike. Yikes!!! What has worked for me?
1- Pre-hydration: Drinking Gatorade or Cytomax the night or day before the ride
2- Taking Calcium & Magnezium w/Zink tablets at bed time before the day of a ride. Something in the calcium helps control the the cramps
3-S T R E T C H: But it seems that you already do that.

Those are my suggestions. Good luck!
Mellow Yellow
LOL..you beat me to the Punch.....A.N.
Apr 6, 2001 4:54 PM
...I was just about to post about a killer cramp I just got. Hopefully I will be able to ride tommorow, hell, I hope I can get out of bed.
try giving up dairy productsclub
Apr 7, 2001 6:37 AM
sometimes lactose intolerance manifests itself with cramps in the large muscles when working them, even without digestive symptoms. I used to get painful cramps, they stopped when I stopped drinking milk and eating quarts of ice cream. Worth the experiment.
re: Help!! I am beaten by muscle cramps in my calvesRodger Cohen
Apr 8, 2001 5:36 PM
Thank you all for the advices, I'll definately try them after my leg feel better!!