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crampsCramp man
Sep 24, 2001 5:18 PM
I cant take this anymore. Without fail, 60 miles in to a century, I start to cramp. First my quads go, then my hams. I usually end up on the side of a road, doing that laughing/wincing thing that we do when something really hurts. The last 40 miles I have to dial it back, spin in a small gear, and finish when all the cookies are gone. Ive tried everything (I think), more strengthening, more aerobic training, bananas, apricots, more fluids, more gatorade, and E-Cap electrolyte supplements. But the cramps just keep coming back. Does anybody have a home remedy that might work? I do drink a decent amount of coffee (4-5 cups before a ride), could that be it? If it is, let me down easy. I need my coffee.
re: crampsdechaine
Sep 24, 2001 5:54 PM
I too had the same problem up until one month ago. I was starting to cramp after 60 miles. Since then I have stopped the coffee increased my cadence to over 90 RPM and haven't had a problem since. Two weeks ago I did 108 miles in 100 Degree heat and 90% humitity and didn't cramp. I kept my cadence over 90 and didn't push the big gears. I averaged 22.8.

Cut back on the coffee, increase your cadence and stay within you fitness level.

If and when you are starting to feel the cramps coming on TUMS works for me, along with more fluids.

Good luck
re: crampsride24-7
Sep 25, 2001 4:30 AM
I too am in the same boat, and its only been recently that this has started happening to me. I used to ride over 60 miles at least twice a week with no prob. Now it seems I am pulling over with serious cramps no matter what kind of cadence I ride after about 60 or 70 miles. I just recently rode the 100 Bridge to Bridge ride and started cramping so I tried the tumbs thing. They really seemed to help me to stay with the lead group but they only lasted about 20 to 30 min each, by the time I got to the end of the ride, I had probably eaten more than they recommend. Im beginning to think it has more to do with how often I ride those kind of miles. Im going to try and get in at least 2 60+ rides a week next season and see what happens. Good luck and Im open to any ideas as well.
re: crampsLen J
Sep 25, 2001 4:41 AM
Riding buddy had the same problem. Let me tell you what he found.

We noticed that at the end of the ride, his jersey & pants had salt stains from his sweat. I have never seen such quantity of salt deposits on anyone. As a result, someone suggested salt tablets. This past weekend, we did a hilly century, he took salt tablets every 25 miles and had zero cramps. He's convinced the problem is solved. Don't know if this is your issue or not but it worked for him

How many tablets did he take every 25 miles? Thx. -NMTig
Sep 25, 2001 7:05 AM
I think 2/25 miles, I will check.(nm)Len J
Sep 25, 2001 7:09 AM
great bandGreg Plake
Sep 25, 2001 5:45 AM
whatever happened to them?
re: cramps curedChen2
Sep 25, 2001 6:25 AM
Until this year I could always count on cramps at about 65 miles into a century, then I declared war on cramps. This year I pushed myself to train more for longer rides. And as another poster suggested, salt can make a big difference. I've learned to pick up some paper packets of salt, the kind you find at the fast food places. I carry these packets in a zip lock bag and then add one to each bottle of sports drinks. Salt is an ingredient of GatorAid, PowerAid, Hydra Fuel, etc., but for long hot rides some of us need more. This was my first year to complete the Hotter'n Hell Hundred with no cramps, 100 miles, 100+ degrees, no cramps. I recommend salt. I also add some salt substitute, potassium chloride, but it has a really bitter flavor and I can't take much of it.
re: crampsD
Sep 25, 2001 8:10 AM
try calcium and magnesium supplements - they worked for me
Sep 25, 2001 1:04 PM
The theoriesKerry Irons
Sep 25, 2001 4:34 PM
Adventure Cyclist Sept/Oct. 2001 Muscle Cramps comments by Nancy Clark

5 theories (none proven, as science does not know the cause of cramps, and cannot cause cramps predictably): 1) hydration, 2) lack of calcium (doubted by nutritionists), 3) lack of sodium, 4) lack of potassium (not likely since the body has so much) 5) lack of pickle juice (lots of ions). Note, musicians get hand cramps, even though they are not likely experiencing any of 1-5.

My own experience has been that sodium and hydration are the keys. This assumes you keep a high cadence.