RoadBikeReview.com's Forum Archives - Racing


Archive Home >> Racing(1 2 3 )


Cramp Relief!(6 posts)

Cramp Relief!Wayne
Aug 19, 2002 7:08 AM
Anybody got any advice?
We only have a few hard races around where I live and they're in the late summer, and on Saturday for the second time the legs were good until I cramped so bad I could barely turn the pedals over. I tried to stay well hydrated, etc., but I think it's an electrolyte problem since I really sweat out a ton of salt. I've tried smartfuel with some extra salt but that doesn't seem to be doing the trick. Anybody tried any products that seemed to give them relief from cramps?
perhaps...lonefrontranger
Aug 19, 2002 7:56 AM
I sweat a lot of white stuff too. Over the years I've noticed cramps due to the following:

1) too much water, not enough electrolyte
2) too much sugary sport drink (inhibits electrolyte uptake?), not enough plain water
3) going too hard for my preparation level
4) it's so hot and humid that my body shuts down no matter what I try
5) Having my legs in knots to begin with by not doing sufficient post-ride massage and/or going to the LMT/CMT regularly

Pick one.
re: Cramp Relief!davtnyc
Aug 19, 2002 9:09 AM
try taking calcium, magnesium and potassium supplements as part of your diet.
Second the Potassiumclintb
Aug 20, 2002 5:29 AM
I've cramped sooo bad around mile 80 of a century that I thought my legs were darn near paralyzed. After eating a bananna though, I was good as new. It's really tough firing down a bananna when it's not exactly something in my normal diet.
re: Cramp Relief!trimble
Aug 26, 2002 9:11 AM
I felt your pain. I seem to have been cursed with leg cramps, but maybe no longer.

Here in Central Texas, the heat can be overbearing. I too sweat out a lot of salt. You know it's bad when you wipe your eyes with your gloves and it feels like you're cutting yourself because there is so much salt on your face. I did a training ride with a some buddies a couple of weekends ago. Yeah, it was hot and a little windy, but nothing out of the ordinary, except we rode at a very brisk pace. Hour three and I started to feel the twitch in my legs. Cramp! The last thirty minutes of the ride was pure hell as both legs almost locked up going up a short, sharp climb and after that I just didn't have the legs to keep up with the others. I had to soft pedal it home. Then it took a few days of R&R before I could ride again - my legs were that beat up.

I did some research (mainly on roadbikereview) and found several entries about Tums and potassium pills. I decided to try both. I took two potassium pills before my Sat and Sun rides. I brought along several Tums - I chewed one every hour (the berry flavored ones aren't bad at all). Both rides were as tough or tougher than last weeks ride. This stuff works (for me). I didn't even feel a muscle twitch. I kept my fluids topped off and I sweated a lot like I usually do, but I didn't have as much salt on my shorts as I did before. I'm sold.

FWIW.
My experience with potassium and Tumstrimble
Aug 26, 2002 9:12 AM
I felt your pain. I seem to have been cursed with leg cramps, but maybe no longer.

Here in Central Texas, the heat can be overbearing. I too sweat out a lot of salt. You know it's bad when you wipe your eyes with your gloves and it feels like you're cutting yourself because there is so much salt on your face. I did a training ride with a some buddies a couple of weekends ago. Yeah, it was hot and a little windy, but nothing out of the ordinary, except we rode at a very brisk pace. Hour three and I started to feel the twitch in my legs. Cramp! The last thirty minutes of the ride was pure hell as both legs almost locked up going up a short, sharp climb and after that I just didn't have the legs to keep up with the others. I had to soft pedal it home. Then it took a few days of R&R before I could ride again - my legs were that beat up.

I did some research (mainly on roadbikereview) and found several entries about Tums and potassium pills. I decided to try both. I took two potassium pills before my Sat and Sun rides. I brought along several Tums - I chewed one every hour (the berry flavored ones aren't bad at all). Both rides were as tough or tougher than last weeks ride. This stuff works (for me). I didn't even feel a muscle twitch. I kept my fluids topped off and I sweated a lot like I usually do, but I didn't have as much salt on my shorts as I did before. I'm sold.

FWIW.