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Cramps on top of cramps :-((4 posts)

Cramps on top of cramps :-(Live Steam
Aug 29, 2001 1:19 PM
Well to day I had to abandon my ride. Too bad too, it was one of the 10 best here in NYC - low 80s and low humidity. We had a good group too - about 12 riders. Always fun to ride with that size group.

Anyway back to my problem. It started Saturday down at the Jersey shore. We were staying at a B&B and they had a garage full of beach cruisers. While my honey was taking her usual hour to get ready for the day, I decided to go for a cool spin on one of the cruisers. About a half mile or so out, my right quad started to cramp something fierce. I couldn't believe it. A real easy spin on a cruiser no less and I could barely turn the cranks over. I got back ASAP and walked it off. The rest of the day was uneventful and I forgot it even happened.

Sunday we took our bike from Bay Head, NJ to Saeside. We were 6miles in when it happened again. This time it felt like a knife was being twisted in my leg - just above the knee and to the left. That large muscle mass that extends up from the joint. I thought I could work it out and I struggled through it for 22+ miles. It was probably a mistake to continue.

Back to today. After abandoning the ride I went for a massage. The therapist said that my leg muscles were a real mess. Lots of adhesions and knots. Is there anyone out there that experiences this and how do you combat it? What do you supplement with? Do you massage regularly? I know about stretching.:-)

I had a small bout with this last season. It seems to come on when I am spinning real easy. I have never had this happen on our 24+ 24+average group rides. I can't figure out why it happens when spinning real easy. I am at a loss and fear that I'll have to stay off the bike for a while. Not what I want to do with the season growing short.
re: Cramps on top of cramps :-(mrcelloboy
Aug 29, 2001 2:01 PM
I've dealt with cramps offf and on, more as I get older.
best solutions I've had are to guzzle liquid immediately in large quantities, breathe deeply and sit by the roadside if neccessary. It's hard to drink enoiugh in hot/humd conditions to keep the muscles flushed of lactic acid.
training (LSD) (That's Long, Slow Distance) helps condition us to enduring. The other kind just makes you think you're riding.
Also take a few Tums or Rolaids to relieve muscle crampsTig
Aug 29, 2001 6:28 PM
It really works! Lack of water is a cause that can be prevented. Most people don't drink enough.

Good luck
re: Cramps on top of cramps :-(Buzzkill
Aug 29, 2001 8:52 PM
Water is a big part of it. Stretching can't hurt either. That I'm sure you already know but check out a few web sites for more detailed information. drkoop.com isn't bad.

http://drkoop.com/search/query.asp?SearchString=cramps&Section=A

Hope that helps