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    Post-tour cramps?

    I finished a tour several weeks ago, and have been plagued by severe upper-leg cramps ever since. Initially, I thought it was just because I wasn't able to ride for two weeks or so after the tour, due to a combination of travel and weather... but for the last couple weeks, I've been doing trainer sessions every day, and my cramps haven't gotten appreciably better.

    Anybody else ever had this experience? Any hints or suggestions?

    Thanks!
    -chris

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    I got rid of my leg cramps by taking a daily multi-vitamin. I now don't have cramping now unless I miss taking them. I tried a number of kinds of vitamins and (don't laugh) but finally settled on the Atkins Basic 3 vitamins. I used some backward logic to convince myself to try them, plus my mother was on the Atkins diet and they were available to try. I wanted a non-iron containing multi and these seemed to work. I tried one-a-day's version for lo-carbers (I wanted something cheaper) but while taking it my cramps came back. It's worth a try. As for eating bananas, bell peppers, and drinking gin and tonics -- my doctor told me you would probably not be able to ingest enough of these on a dailly basis to have any effect.

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    -- As a 50+ rider, I have occasional nocturnal leg cramps. The quinine content of Tonic Water prevents cramps for me. So it is either a terrific placebo or it really works.

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    Try increasing your potassium intake. Eat a banana or 2 a day plus make sure you are hydrated. Drink lots of water.
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    Salt is also important as well. Salt(Sodium) and Bananas(potassium) are needed by the body to rehydrate. If both of these are low then drinking all the water in the world won't help. In fact it can hurt. Also don't drink a lot of diuretics...coffee, tea, alcohol etc.

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    And if none of that stuff works, see a Doctor...

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokenrobot
    I finished a tour several weeks ago, and have been plagued by severe upper-leg cramps ever since. Initially, I thought it was just because I wasn't able to ride for two weeks or so after the tour, due to a combination of travel and weather... but for the last couple weeks, I've been doing trainer sessions every day, and my cramps haven't gotten appreciably better.

    Anybody else ever had this experience? Any hints or suggestions?

    Thanks!
    -chris
    Eat a banana a day for a few days; I get leg cramps like that when my potassium levels drop. Bananas will give you a boost of potassium. Be careful, though, because they can constipate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brokenrobot
    I finished a tour several weeks ago, and have been plagued by severe upper-leg cramps ever since. Initially, I thought it was just because I wasn't able to ride for two weeks or so after the tour, due to a combination of travel and weather... but for the last couple weeks, I've been doing trainer sessions every day, and my cramps haven't gotten appreciably better.

    Anybody else ever had this experience? Any hints or suggestions?

    Thanks!
    -chris
    I normally ride one century and about another 75 miles every week. This month I was not able to keep up, I was off the bike the two weeks before Christmas. This happens every year. My legs are so used to riding that I cramp a little as I get used to not riding. When I feel the beginning of a cramp I move my leg just as if I were pedaling, that always helps me. Every year I have a similar condition. Drink lots of water too, and some people claim, that since aspirin thins the blood that helps. Take it easy on the trainer be sure to do a careful cool down to get rid of built up lactic acid. Don't quickly stop riding right after a hard tour, ride a little bit, you have to adjust slowly.
    The best answer is to train before the tour and only increase your weekly mileage by about 10%. If you are going to be carrying lots of weight increase that slowly too. You need to not be over stressed on the tour

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