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calves crampingbike_rider81
Jul 10, 2001 11:47 AM
i have been having a problem with my calves cramping for about the past year. it started last sept. at 24hrs of moab. prior to this i have never had problems with anything cramping. as i have been riding road alot more lately, i have found that at about mile 15 the cramping starts. i have been streching alot but it only helps alittle, and i try to massage them as much as possible. the cramps also happen in the middle of the day when i am sitting at my desk and sometimes last the whole day. anyone had anything like this/know what to do. thanks
re: calves crampingjim hubbard
Jul 10, 2001 1:27 PM
go to the doctor and get them to take blood and get it analysised. Try using salt tablets, if this does not work there is someting else that the doctor can give(I forget what it is called, sorry) that will help. Look at your hydration levels as well, and use a sports drink with electrolytes in it.
Non-nutritional aidLazy
Jul 10, 2001 1:34 PM
Something that can contribute to cramping calves is a toe down pedaling style. I have never had cramps as badly as you describe. Try this: in addition to keeping hydrated, and maintaining potassium and electrolyte levels, use a more heel down pedaling technique (assuming you don't already do this. Worked for me, I haven't had a cramping calf in a year or two now. I used to get them at about 30-40 miles.

Good luck, cramps suck.
This is true...Canidraftyou
Jul 10, 2001 11:11 PM
Toe down style can contribute to cramping. For this is the style i have adopted, and it took awhile for my calves to get conditioned for that style. Pay close attention to where your feet are at the bottom and on top of each stroke. Endurox is great stuff! I dont push products, hell they aint paying me! But it works for me, I take half a serving prior to ride and a full serving after the ride during very hot days. I take it, 7 days a week ride or not.

Peace out,