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    Metric Century

    Did 90% of a Metric Century before my legs started acting weird and cramping up. I thought I was in the 'Twilight Zone', when I started seeing my leg muscles(not my whole legs) shake. Like the guy in 'Little Shop of Horrors', says 'Oh no, not again', a weird creature pops out of his chest. Then the creature starts dancing on the diner's counter. I never saw my muscles shake like that. Spooky. If I hadn't been spooked, I could have finished the Metric Century.

    Has anyone seen their muscles do what mine did?

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    yes, it's just a muscle spasm. I think it's similar to a cramp. It sounds like you rode harder than your training prepared you for, which is something I do just about every year. Enduralytes usually take care of the worst of it, I've never DNF'd because of cramping or muscle spasms.

    I had an injury to my quad muscle in August and for whatever reason a month later my quad started to spasm. It was annoying. Riding actually was about the only thing that would make it stop.

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    Sounds like a muscle spasm, I've had my muscles do it generally after a hard work out. Not in the middle of one, generally speaking.
    Same with cramps...usually after, if at all.
    I'm no sports doctor, but stretching, good hydration, good electrolyte balance, along with a good blood glucose level, has stopped it for me...

    but again, for me, it is an after effect...and doesn't happen often at all.

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    Looks like mice running around under my skin. It is a little odd. After kind of screaming in the ditch for a while, I'm usually good to go in 5 minutes as long as I don't push it. After 10 or so miles of not pushing it while eating and drinking, I'm back in the game, sort of. I'll be sore the next day, though. Yes, it's from not being trained well enough for the current exertion level and duration. If I see someone in a ditch, I'll usually stop, give them Endurolytes and sports drink and be on my way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
    Looks like mice running around under my skin. It is a little odd. After kind of screaming in the ditch for a while, I'm usually good to go in 5 minutes as long as I don't push it. After 10 or so miles of not pushing it while eating and drinking, I'm back in the game, sort of. I'll be sore the next day, though. Yes, it's from not being trained well enough for the current exertion level and duration. If I see someone in a ditch, I'll usually stop, give them Endurolytes and sports drink and be on my way.
    Yes, Like mice or squirrels chasing eachother under my skin.

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    Yep ... it has happened to me too.

    Walking up and down on the side of the road while drinking most of a bottle of water, plus a few electrolyte tablets, usually gets me going again.



    Interestingly, it happens to my mouse hand quite a bit when I'm using the computer.

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