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    That was different.

    It must be getting old, But it seems that there is always something new happening with my body.
    I did an easy ride with my wife saturday afternoon, 15 or so mile, pretty slow. It was the first ride in a couple of weeks, and it felt pretty good to be out riding.
    Fast forward, later that night, I got in bed, moved my leg and; WHAM-O, I got a cramp in my calf. It came on so sudden, and was so painfull, I lost the power of speach. After my scream of course. My wife, who has a tendency to go straight to panic, then started with the "whatswrong?whatswrong?whatswrong?" I couldn't say anything to tell her what it was, except 'oo oo oo oo'(kinda like Horshack from Welcome back Cotter). It only lasted a minute or two(time also stopped) until I got it streched out, but man, did it hurt. In all my years of running, cycling, etc., I can only remember two times that happened. I'm really happy thats all.
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    Happens to me if I get too dehydrated and over do it. It can be very painful. Reminds me to drink plenty of water while riding. Something I have wondered about, this usually happens to me when I ride in the wind. Does riding into the wind dry you out more than similar effort on a hill?
    Quote Originally Posted by leob1 View Post
    It must be getting old, But it seems that there is always something new happening with my body.
    I did an easy ride with my wife saturday afternoon, 15 or so mile, pretty slow. It was the first ride in a couple of weeks, and it felt pretty good to be out riding.
    Fast forward, later that night, I got in bed, moved my leg and; WHAM-O, I got a cramp in my calf. It came on so sudden, and was so painfull, I lost the power of speach. After my scream of course. My wife, who has a tendency to go straight to panic, then started with the "whatswrong?whatswrong?whatswrong?" I couldn't say anything to tell her what it was, except 'oo oo oo oo'(kinda like Horshack from Welcome back Cotter). It only lasted a minute or two(time also stopped) until I got it streched out, but man, did it hurt. In all my years of running, cycling, etc., I can only remember two times that happened. I'm really happy thats all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leob1 View Post
    I couldn't say anything to tell her what it was, except 'oo oo oo oo'(kinda like Horshack from Welcome back Cotter).
    Now that was funny! As making said, you might have been dehydrated or even low on salt if you had sweat quite a bit. I've had the occasional cramp after hard rides. I'm still cramping some after yesterday's half marathon.

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    Goats blood works wonders for that.

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    Dehydration is only one possible cause of nocturnal leg cramps. Since I suffer occasionally from them, I am also trying coconut water for electrolyte replacement.
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    Could've been worse. It could've happened during intimate congress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikey Mikey View Post
    Could've been worse. It could've happened during intimate congress.
    Wow, I didn't know congress ever....

    oh never mind.

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    Either you were dehydrated or over-hydrated and needing electrolytes that the excess water flushed out of your body. Seems I need extra potassium after many rides so I always consume something with plenty of it, like dates, yogurt, V8, or Mortons Lite salt on a salad or veggies.
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    Happens to me all the time, usually on longer harder rides (100+ miles or so.) Nothing I've tried helps. Hydration, no hydration, electrolytes etc. It is amazingly painful, until it just... isn't any more. But while it's happening you think it's never going to end. ugh. My least favorite part of cycling.
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    I'd be careful with the potassium intake unless you know you:
    1. Don't have any kidney disease
    2. Are without any signs of hypertension
    3. Don't have Addison's disease

    Here's a link to an evidenced based study on treatments for muscle cramps: http://www.neurology.org/content/74/8/691.full

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    Been there on a ride. Instant cramp and lockout in my calf. Most pain I've felt in one place bar none. A quick can of powerade and 10 minutes stop put all to rights. I think I was just drinking too much water and not replacing minerals fast enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
    Keep a jar of pickle juice in the fridge, I hear it works on cramps.
    I tried that once, and while the cold felt nice on my legs, it was smelly and messed up the sheets.
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    I used to get occasional foot and calf cramps but now...get this...I get THIGH cramps, too! Painful to the point that while it's happening it's literally disabling. My reading tells me * most common in women over 60. Ah! Another "perk" associated with aging!
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    Quote Originally Posted by leob1 View Post
    was so painfull, I lost the power of speach

    Are you sure it's gone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    Are you sure it's gone?
    The cramp? Yes, it' gone.

    The power of speach? Not so sure, as most married men know.
    If you don't know the way, you shouldn't be going there.

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    The power of speach? Not so sure, as most married men know.
    Just shelved. If you don't want to spend 2 hours talking about something trivial its sometimes better not to say anything sometimes.

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    are you suggesting a cramp is trivial?! I find one debilitating. I've experienced all of those described herein, and would love to know a sure-fire treatment. it's not to stop cycling - I get them, seemingly, at random - even when not having 'overdone' anything. the only time I clearly associated leg cramp with cycling was during the last third of a fifty-mile early-season charity ride (when I could not even dismount - had to fall over - walk a few miles, and only ride home in lowest gear (though the last miles were quite flat). went to a doctor to ask about the trouble. he said, "what are you doing - bragging? what you need is exercise." HE ought have informed me about hydration/electrolyte/salt issues, or so it seems now (I'm 67 - I was much younger then. AHH, THE TIMES I'VE SAID THAT). he, too, seemed to view cramp as a trivial thing.

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    sodium, potassium & magnesium. take them regularly especially before long rides.

    if you want a special treat fill the tub and soak your legs for 20min minimum with a lot of epsom salt and a dash of Spearmint & eucalyptus oil bath soap. the magnesium in the epsom salt is a natural muscle relaxer. that, plus a glass of red wine ... very nice, just don't drown if you nod off! walmart has the best prices for epsom salt, and I get this stuff at our local Christmas Tree Store but it can be found elsewhere: http://www.amazon.com/Dr-Teals-Foami...als+eucalyptus
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