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Cramping legs. What happened?(9 posts)

Cramping legs. What happened?Like2bike
Aug 19, 2001 5:45 AM
Yesterday I went for a 90 mile group ride and I felt great all the way to about the 75 mile mark. It was really strange, I was feeling fine and drinking plenty but then it started to rain and all the sudden I hit the wall and started feeling extremely tired. Before I knew it, I could hardly turn the cranks over, I looked down and I could see my muscles cramping in my quads and hamstrings. It hurt so bad, I had to stop the group and sit on the ground. Fortunately we were at an Exxon station and one of the guys bought me a Coke to try and get me home. It helped some but with still another 5 miles to go, my legs were in knots. I limped home and sat in a hot bath for half an hour then had my wife rub my legs down. My legs continued cramping for the rest of the day and now today they are extremely sore. I dont think Ill be doing the group ride today, just maybe a nice slow ride with the kids. Any suggestions on what happened?
Thanks
Tim
Sounds like an electrolyte imbalancebianchi boy
Aug 19, 2001 7:30 AM
Were you drinking any sports drinks, like Gatorade? You can lose a lot of salts and minerals sweating on a hot day, even if you're drinking gobs of water. Gatorade and similar drinks help replace some of the electrolytes, and bananas can do the same thing. I notice after rides on hot days that my jersey, shorts, gloves and the straps on my helmet have salty steaks all over them when they dry. That's a good indication of much minerals, etc., you are losing in your sweat.
or maybe the bonk. How much did you eat during the ride?Tig
Aug 19, 2001 12:01 PM
I try to eat a power bar every 20-25 miles. I don't know what a standard carb formula would be. It varies according to your weight and the intensity of your ride (bigger bodies and harder riding use more). The only bonks I suffered were at about the same mileage into a ride and were due to insufficient carbs and electrolites combined with an intense ride.
How often do you ride 90 miles?Bruno S
Aug 19, 2001 3:07 PM
You should drink more than you did. Doing a longer distance than you normally do also will cause you to cramp. In one of the first centuries,after 65 miles, I started to cramp horribly with no prior warning. I had been going faster than usual and had not had enough to drink. Also after you cramp it is never the same. You can drink but for the rest of the ride your muscles will hurt and start cramping again very easily.
Tums can help get you trough the rest of the rideLive Steam
Aug 19, 2001 3:39 PM
I think this is an old pro remedy. Tums/Rolaids give your system a readily absorbed source of calcium carbonate and magnesium hydroxide to help quickly replenish the electrolytes your body expended during the intense workout. I usually carry them during longer rides or on our Saturday hammerfests. They work for me.
re: Cramping legs. What happened?flyinbowlofmilk
Aug 19, 2001 3:59 PM
I agree with most of the people that have relied to your question. I know from personal experience that if you stretch and eat while you ride, it will help. This has also helped me to do the metric century too . So I would say to eat something every 20-25 miles or when you feel you self bonk or cramping. another thing that is good is if the group that you are riding with stops for a while ,I would tell you to eat when they stop it will help you.
re: Cramping legs. What happened?coonass
Aug 19, 2001 4:24 PM
Sounds like you did a lot of things wrong: not eating, not drinking properly, etc. ... I generally will take 1 teaspoon of baking soda w/6 oz water, and repeat this again in about 30 minutes (this relieves the muscle cramps due to lactic acid)...but don't do this if you have high blood pressure or are 'salt restricted'..baking soda can also cause you diarrhea....you might want to read about Phosphate loading, l-carnitine, baking soda, nutrition, etc. in 'Optimum Sports Nutrition'...
also there are lots of sites to reference; i.e.:http://www.halcyon.com/gasman/
After a ride I refuel withLive Steam
Aug 19, 2001 6:34 PM
Endurox R4. It replenishes electrolites, while reloading carbs and proteins. I find I recover much more quickly after a hard ride if I down about 20oz within a half hour of finishing.
After a ride I refuel withLike2bike
Aug 20, 2001 4:02 AM
Thanks everyone for your input, I think your probably right about eating more and having some sort of sports drink, I think Ill prepare alittle better next time. As for now, 2 days after the ride, my legs still feel tender. Ill ride easy again today and hope they come around by this weekend. Thanks again.
Tim