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Newbie seeks help, and I need it...(8 posts)

Newbie seeks help, and I need it...Willz
Feb 2, 2003 8:43 PM
I went on a big ride last year and ended up having some bad leg cramps toward the end. I wasn't doing so well.

A buddy I met on the ride gave me a tablet. He said it was like potasium (sp?) and sodium. He told me to buy a bottle for my next big ride and he gave me the name of the company but I have lost the paper I wrote it on, naturally.

I cannot ingest anything that contains stimulants. No caffiene, nothing like it.

Anybody have any recommendations as to tablets to put the smack down on leg cramps?

Thanks.
re: Newbie seeks help, and I need it...jtolleson
Feb 2, 2003 9:02 PM
Any electrolyte replacement is fine. That can even mean Gatorade/Exceed/Powerade/etc. Tablets are out there but beverage form is equally effective.

Most of the gels also have a little extra potassium and sodium in them. Many products to choose from, not to mention the old fashioned way (bananas).
Might've been a "Succeed " Capsule...serbski
Feb 3, 2003 2:16 PM
Try: www.ultrafit-endurance.com Good Luck.
Preventative Maintenanceasphalt assault
Feb 3, 2003 6:11 AM
1. Hydrate...not just during a ride but all the time. I probably hit the urinal 10 times a day at work here because I rarely pass the water fountain without stopping and chugging 8 or 10 ounces. I wear a Camalbak when I ride and suck down 100 ounces in a 3hr ride. Electrolyte replacement drinks are great too...before and after the ride, I prefer just water ON the ride m'self...but that's just me.

2. Potassium...Folks at work here probably think I'm a reincarnated baboon. I like bananas and eat 2 or 3 of those puppies a day. You mentioned a pill containing potassium which I'm sure is OK but I'd say the natural source is better. Careful if you take them ON the ride though...they smoosh easy!

3. Streach...Before, during and after a ride. The older you get the more important this is. I'm 44 and have never cramped up so I figure I'm doing something right: )
Preventative Maintenancelorenmb
Feb 3, 2003 5:33 PM
"Streach...Before, during and after a ride. The older you get the more important this is. I'm 44 and have never cramped up so I figure I'm doing something right: )"

So, what will you do when you start getting old?
Three main ingredients for long ridesbigrider
Feb 3, 2003 6:57 AM
Water
Food
Salt

I eat salty foods when going on long rides (over 50 miles)
These include combos, pretzels, pizza, chips. The sports drinks have salt and other things included in the drink but I find when I am going a 100 miles in the heat I need additional salt.

One funny note. A friend and I were riding a real long ride and he convinced me to eat a packet of salt from a fast food resturant. I did and almost barfed. It will work but it is not the best way to intake salt IMO.
Three main ingredients for long ridesrbol52
Feb 3, 2003 2:22 PM
I recently heard a presentation by a doctor working with the Oklahoma University football team to determine why some players cramp up and others don't. It comes down to salt, as stated above, and how much is lost through the process of sweating. The OU players get plenty of sodium during their workouts and practices through things as simple as gatorade. For an additional boost, you can even add a little more table salt to the gatorade. They even serve pretzels during team meetings and hydrate frequently.
The new miracle anti cramping fluid - pickle juice! (nm)Kerry
Feb 3, 2003 4:59 PM