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stopping post-ride mini leg contractions(5 posts)

stopping post-ride mini leg contractionsEric Marshall
Aug 19, 2002 8:44 AM
After hard, 4-6 hour road rides, my calves still continue to contract for many hours after I'm off of the bike. I also have to be careful on how I move my legs during this time, as to minimize the chances that either my calves or quads will cramp up. FWIW, I think I'm both eating and drinking enough and replacing the necessary electrolytes, but perhaps I'm not.

Thanks in advance.
electrolyte problem?DougSloan
Aug 19, 2002 8:46 AM
First thing I do is drink a large glass of water with about a 1/2 teaspoon of table salt added. Might take a Tums, too. Your nerves are fried. Check the "Tums" thread on the General board for some more info.

electrolyte problem?Eric Marshall
Aug 19, 2002 9:23 AM
Interestingly enough, especially after reading the Tums thread, Endurolyte capsules are my normal electrolyte replacement product. Sounds like I should up the dosage for these end-of-year, longer and hotter rides.
Potassium Gluconateshirt
Aug 19, 2002 1:02 PM
Back in the 80s we used to pop a couple hundred mg of potassium gluconate after a long ride or race. Kind of like eating half a dozen bananas but without the banana. I have no idea what conventional wisdom says about this practice, but it worked for me when I was doing sick miles.

I think you're wrongKerry
Aug 19, 2002 5:54 PM
It sounds like a classic case of dehydration/low electrolytes. I have this problem ONLY when I'm low on fluids/salt. Also try "draining" your legs by proping them up against the wall until you feel them throbbing.