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    Calf cramps that seriously hurt!

    Even the next day .. Damn! Any suggestions as to how to get rid of it apart from more stretching?

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    Massage. Those roller or stick massagers work really well but a rolling pin works in a pinch.
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    put a hat on, and then use the rolling pin method.
    Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
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    I've had some brutal ones. The worst is when you're lying in bed after exercising (of one type or another) and you're just about to fall asleep when .... BAM you're hit with a wicked Charlie Horse.

    No I don't have any ideas on how to avoid them or get rid of them ... aside from stretching.

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    Eat a banana a day? Potassium deficiency issues can cause cramps like that.
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    I get these a little when I am focusing too much on ankling or wear f%#$ed up shoes (softened soles, cleat position off, etc.).

    Maybe try to stretch out before the next hard ride and relax the joint while pedaling?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AEO View Post
    put a hat on, and then use the rolling pin method.
    Quote Originally Posted by JF1 View Post
    Massage. Those roller or stick massagers work really well but a rolling pin works in a pinch.
    Yeah I did the Foam roller yesterday. .Hurt like mofo everytime I passed over that spot.

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    I've had some brutal ones. The worst is when you're lying in bed after exercising (of one type or another) and you're just about to fall asleep when .... BAM you're hit with a wicked Charlie Horse.

    No I don't have any ideas on how to avoid them or get rid of them ... aside from stretching.
    I have never had them this bad. I think I might resort to some amount of salt in my drinking water the next time I am doing some hard exercise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    Eat a banana a day? Potassium deficiency issues can cause cramps like that.
    I hate bananas! But maybe hit the multivitamin and moar gatorade
    Quote Originally Posted by pgoat View Post
    I get these a little when I am focusing too much on ankling or wear f%#$ed up shoes (softened soles, cleat position off, etc.).

    Maybe try to stretch out before the next hard ride and relax the joint while pedaling?
    Yeah I tweaked a bit with my aero position before the race. could be that.

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    pinch of salt and some honey in your water should help.
    Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
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    Yep - I get it when I either drop my heel too much at 4-5:00 or try to pull up too hard or too abruptly at 7-8:00. I think having the cleat too far forward exacerbates that (for me, at least). The general rule of thumb , of course, is never mess with equipment or position before a race or major event...but even the top dudes (and dudettes) do that, so who can say?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgoat View Post
    I get these a little when I am focusing too much on ankling or wear f%#$ed up shoes (softened soles, cleat position off, etc.).

    Maybe try to stretch out before the next hard ride and relax the joint while pedaling?
    +1. Wearing ill fitting shoes or standing too long in shoes with no support like some western boots will do that. Pgoat is correct is saying that relaxing with a joint can help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgoat View Post
    Yep - I get it when I either drop my heel too much at 4-5:00 or try to pull up too hard or too abruptly at 7-8:00. I think having the cleat too far forward exacerbates that (for me, at least). The general rule of thumb , of course, is never mess with equipment or position before a race or major event...but even the top dudes (and dudettes) do that, so who can say?
    Yeah my problem with the clip on aero-bars is that I cant pedal out of the saddle, while climbing or accelerating, like I usually do because the hand-rests hit against my knee. I have to keep my ass back and pull up a lot with my my hamstring and calves which was when I first felt the onset of cramps.
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    That may be a big part of what caused it.
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    I had one of those in my bad leg when I woke up the other day. Ouch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JF1 View Post
    Massage. Those roller or stick massagers work really well but a rolling pin works in a pinch.
    Pressure on the way up - not down. Going down bursts capillaries.

    Sounds like you need electrolytes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    Eat a banana a day? Potassium deficiency issues can cause cramps like that.
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    Lots of slow stretching worked for swimming soreness. Thoes calves get banged up when you kick off of the wall 500+ times in a practice. Hold for 3 X 30 Sec. Each calf seperatly. Each rep should stretch further.
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    i typically eat 2 bananas every morning...
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    Quote Originally Posted by skinnyone View Post
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    If your nutrition/hydration(and bike fit) are where they should be, I've found that Gabapentin helps prevent the cramps and pain, that my back injury creates.

    It works for me, but it sounds like you're having fit issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skinnyone View Post
    Yeah my problem with the clip on aero-bars is that I cant pedal out of the saddle, while climbing or accelerating, like I usually do because the hand-rests hit against my knee. I have to keep my ass back and pull up a lot with my my hamstring and calves which was when I first felt the onset of cramps.
    That'd be it.

    Fix your aerobars.

    I can't eat nanners, so I have to get by. Try eating broccoli and strawberries (probably not at the same time). Also, coconut water can help out a lot.

    And, in the billion names of God, go get a real massage from someone who knows deep tissue. It'll help your calf out more than you realize.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ehidle View Post
    Fix your nutrition and hydration issues.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    Eat a banana a day? Potassium deficiency issues can cause cramps like that.
    +1 and +1 again

    I've had bad problems with this in past, and it's almost always resolved by potassium supplements. Get your salt balance right, and you can avoid a lot of this.
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