Hey guys, my name's Keith. I just finished my first bike ride on the road (not just cycling around like some kid). I have some questions (especially on cramps!). This morning, I we left for a place that was 13km from there. I used a bike where everybody kept saying "that bike's crazy!". I had no idea what they were talking about. I thought it was something with the gears. For a third of the trip I had no idea what was wrong with it. At that time, I was telling myself that I was a really slow biker. I somewhat found this surprising since I'm the fastest runner at school (and proud of it! ). Anywayz, I found out that the reason why this bike earned such a notoriety was that it was really slow. To reach the speed of the other bikes, you had to place twice the effort. It like I was going uphill all the way!
Since the seat was high, I had to tip-toe just to stop. Stopping gave me cramps and I avoided it at all costs. Does the seat being high have a relationship with the having cramps? Another situation that came that night was the worst of all. As I was cycling at the side of the busy road, my legs started to freeze. I couldn't cycle anymore. The cramp's pain was too much. I almost fell of my bike and landed on the road. As I stood, my legs started to freeze again. It was hard to bend them back. The pain as I stand or stretch my legs were excruciating. I wasn't tired and I had alot of stamina left. My muscles weren't tired as well. This kind of cramp hasn't happened to me in any marathon I've joined or training. I noticed that my muscles felt "tight" even as I rested. I stretched them by pulling my feet up to my back. I found it wasn't adequate. My quadriceps still didn't feel stretched all the way. Did anyone experience this? How do I remedy it? Is this a big problem?
Thanks in advanced!