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Ever get a cramp so bad during a ride, you had to stop?(6 posts)

Ever get a cramp so bad during a ride, you had to stop?jzinckgra
Sep 6, 2003 3:04 PM
So I was all fired up today to do one of Connecticut's 100 mile rides with a couple friends. About 30 miles into the ride, this nagging cramp in my lower right back starts really hurting-almost like little knives stabbing me. I don't mean the back per se, but the soft spot just below the ribs and down towards the right. Very similar to the running cramps people sometimes get in the same area. I fought it off till abou 60 miles and had to get a sag the rest of the way in. I just couldn't put up with the pain. On top of that, I had to pull over and piss 8 times in a two hour stretch, which for me is very unusual. Of course I was thinking maybe I had a kidney stone, or some other kidney problem and/or appendicitus cause the pain started radiating towards my stomach. I decided to go to the ER to get checked out because this pain, to a much lesser extent had been bothering me for a week. After waiting 3 hours in the ER, the doc says my urine test was comppletely clear, which rules out any kidney problems. He chalked it up to some muscle strain that was getting very irritated during the bike ride. Anyways a few hours after the ride and a couple motrin and I feel ok. Still feel it a little, but nothing like during the ride. The only thing I can think of that might have injured the muscle was some weight lifting I did last week, but I never fely any pain immediately, so not sure.
Have any of you had this type of cramp/muscle pain during a ride and if so what did you do to get rid of it. And I drank plenty of water, so I know it wasn't caused by dehydration.
Weight lifting, hmmmm53T
Sep 6, 2003 4:05 PM
You weren't doing jump squats, were you?
try electrolytes next timeStevenB
Sep 6, 2003 8:25 PM
Not sure if this is relevant to your situation, but water alone won't always keep you properly hydrated. Some electrolyte solutions are supposed to aleviate cramps - I use E-Caps "endurolytes" for just this purpose.

Good luck!
try electrolytes next timeboyd2
Sep 8, 2003 4:04 AM
Once in an off road duathalon (run MTB run) I cramped so bad I fell off the bike. Simultaneous cramps in both calves, one quad and the opposite glute. It was comical to see me writhing on the side of the trail. Now I was just outside of T2 and I drank a bunch of gator-aid while heading out for the last run. Amazing. I stopped cramping in about 3 minutes and was OK for most of the run. Cramps started again after a few miles.

I learned to keep the electrolytes coming during heavy output. I was not nutritionally preped for that race. Since then banannas, Gu and electrolyte drink on race day and for heavy training.
try electrolytes next timejzinckgra
Sep 8, 2003 5:58 AM
Well I drink Endurox on every ride and I had a couple bananas too, so I don't think insufficient electrolytes was the problem.
Probably not electr.Rubberbandman
Sep 8, 2003 7:17 AM
It doesn't sound like electrolyte problem. Even in the worst conditions 1.5 hrs is a very short duration of time to start cramping. More likely the problem was related to lifting and could have been a muscle spasm.

Chances are this will not occur again.