The worst was cramping while driving home from the track after a tough workout. Imagine getting leg cramps like Nadal in the video above while trying to press the gas and brake pedals. I found a CVS and immediately downed lots of electrolytes.
I have used them. They are awesome, and I would recommend. Mostly for people like me, who can't down gels.
you can also just eat one or two and save the rest for later, unlike gels
that margarita flavor is nasty! I am addicted to the lemon and orange flavors
I once read an article [tried to find it but failed] on how tall riders effectively have a shorter distance to travel because their bodies are further inward on the track. Not so sure how much theory vs. reality it is though. If everyone else is short then drafting at 30mph realllllllly sucks - disadvantage
Andy Schleck is 6'1"
Taylor Phinney is 6'4"
One thing that the commentators note is that the height range of the athletes in the pro peloton is very large from shortest to tallest.
http://www.analyticcycling.com/genmo...nAnalysis.html from http://www.analyticcycling.com/.
Could the cramping in the calves and hamstrings also have to do with pedal stroke? At my last workout my calves were getting tired and the coach said my cleats might be too far forward and I should lower my heel on the down stroke. He also said that during recovery periods you can pedal with your heel down all the way around and it will open up your hamstrings and let more blood get to them allowing for better recovery.
So, are your cramps localized to a particular muscle or all over? All-over cramps are probably an electrolyte thing. Local cramps might be a conditioning issue. When I cramp really bad it's in the legs, back, fingers, just about any muscle that I contract with force or if I fold my legs and the muscle shortens.
Have you set your cleat position to where you like it? Most people start with setting the cleat such that the pedal spindle goes under the ball of the foot, which is where we apply the most force.
I have some questions on jerseys and bibs. What brand(s)/model(s) do you prefer to use? Also why are Rapha things so expensive? Is the quality reflected in the price or are you also paying for a little bit of the name?
Rapha stuff is high quality...but not worth the price they are asking. It's worth probably half of their MSRP. Specialized probably has the best bang-for-the-buck quality with simple good looking style. Plus, you can find it at local shops to try it on before you buy it. Most of my non-team stuff is Specialized.
Don't get me wrong, the Rapha stuff looks nice and is of high quality. But $220 for some black bib shorts? $210 for a black long sleeved jersey? If a guy bought 2 kits + socks and gloves, he's in for close to $1,000.
I'm not sure if that stuff is actually worth 150% of what the already high quality Specialized gear is worth.
Also, Gore Bike Wear is nice, too.