I am new to road cycling. However, I have always biked to school and work place with my normal flat bar city bike.
1 and a half month ago I bought a used road bike. I only intend to ride recreationally. I only rode it for 4 times so far. (I have been busy but I'm planning to do more rides in the future.)
I have some questions:
- These are the trips I've done so far:
- 32.5K (with roughly 21.6 kph)
- 41.6K (24.9 kph)
- 43.5K (25.7 kph)
- 50.9K (27.6 kph)
I am aiming to be able to do more distance and with higher speed as well. What do you guys think of those results for a newbie, and how can I improve on this?
- On my third trip I had a right calf cramp at around 35K, and I stopped for a minute. But then I continued and forced to finish the trip. After that, I felt the pain for several days and I had to completely rest my leg.
2 days ago, I made that last trip of 50K, and again I felt cramp (right calf) at around 38K (not as painful). This time I didn't fully stop, instead I put it on lower gear, spinning on higher rpm, and relying more to my left leg, and I completed the 50K.
What could be the cause of this calf cramp? Could it be caused by dehydration? Because all those rides I did without any breaks and no intake of fluid/food in between. Somehow I always forgot to bring my drinks on the bike . And strangely it only happens to my right leg.
Would it be also possible that I need a proper bike fit? I haven't done that, but was planning on doing that.
I hope I can get some feedback from you guys, and thanks in advance!!