|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 cramps||Tig|
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.
|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.
Hope that helps