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Old 10-27-08, 07:02 PM   #1
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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.
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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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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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Eat a banana a day? Potassium deficiency issues can cause cramps like that.
I hate bananas! But maybe hit the multivitamin and moar gatorade
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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?
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.
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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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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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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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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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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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Even the next day .. Damn! Any suggestions as to how to get rid of it apart from more stretching?
Fix your nutrition and hydration issues.
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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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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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+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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