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Old 07-22-08, 11:14 AM   #1
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calf cramp

I never have calf cramps unless I go up this one hill and spring up it and then the upper right side of my right calf siezes up. My left one never does. Is this because of dehydration or not enough vitamins/ minerals? I take a lot of V/M and drink a lot of water so I don't think it is that. Is it that I am just pushing too hard and my body isn't use to it?
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Old 07-22-08, 11:23 AM   #2
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It's more likely an old injury that hasn't had time to heal properly.
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On the bike I only have calf issues when commuting. I think this is because
I don't have time to warm up like I do when riding for fun. I just rode slower
at the beginning of the commute and my calves thanked me for it.
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Old 07-22-08, 11:26 AM   #4
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I havn't had any previous injuries other than breaking my hips.
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riding fixed keeps the muscles warm all the time and i try to take is easy on the 1st part of my ride...the only pain i tend to get is a sore right knee
not sure why you would cramp up
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Riding fixed? By the time I hit this hill I have been riding for 20 minutes. I also get out of the saddle to blast my way up it.
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Old 07-22-08, 11:55 AM   #7
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yeah i ride a fixed wheel bike
i was not referring to the other procedure
maybe blasting up the hill is doing it...i tend to sit and climb as long as i can then stand and climb
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eat some bananas.
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lol I'm a nutrition freak its not because of my low potassium its usually 3 bananas each day along with other fruits and vegetables.
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My wife had problems with her calves cramping (not from cycling, tho). She took magnesium supplements. You might want to look into that.

Also, is one leg longer than the other?
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no and both legs are equal in strength.
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what about length?
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I never have calf cramps unless I go up this one hill and spring up it and then the upper right side of my right calf siezes up. My left one never does. Is this because of dehydration or not enough vitamins/ minerals? I take a lot of V/M and drink a lot of water so I don't think it is that. Is it that I am just pushing too hard and my body isn't use to it?
I would cramp up on 30 mile rides and I frequently had a cramping problem with my serattus muscles off the bike. I found that adding a magnesium supplement helped... I was always told I wasn't hydrated enough but that is a pat answer and was wrong in my case...
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