Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Northern Nevada
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Oh, man, I read about this a year or so ago, but can't remember what they suggested as a cause.
Are you guzzling Gatorade, or just water? Sports drinks cause me to cramp sometimes--I usually start with water, and switch to 'Ades only after a couple of hours, and then at 50 percent dilution. On long rides, which for me these days is four hours or more, even water starts to slosh around and make me uncomfortable. It sometimes helps to eat a little along with the water, like oranges or a cookie at a rest stop.
Post-ride (post LONG ride, not after every time I get on the bike), I've found that I feel better the next day if I don't slam water in the evening. Unless I make a point of remembering, I sometimes fall behind on my fluids in the last part of a ride, then get so thirsty I pound too much liquid the rest of the day. That's guaranteed to make me feel crappy the next day.
Someone's already suggested asking your doctor, and if you can find a doc with a sports background, that's even better. My company changed insurers, and I was miffed about having to find a new physician, but my new cardiologist is a double-century rider and my new GP is a former college basketball player who runs marathons. They're both about my age, and they never say, "At your age, you need to take it easy" or just tell me I have to accept something because I'm not a kid anymore. They understand the desire to stay active.