Join Date: Oct 2004
Bikes: All 70s and 80s, only steel.
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I second the opinion of those who believe its dehydration. Did you happen to notice if your sweating diminished at all at the end of the ride? It doesn't sound like just simple overexertion: I was suffering a lot of cramps, esp. after riding for a while--not necessarily intensely or even tiringly--and realized that though I was staying hydrated, I wasn't getting enough potassium (cramps are often attributed to potassium deficit.) I've been eating a lot of bananas and drinking more Gatorade, and my cramps have pretty much disappeared. I ate three during the course of a 20-mile ride yesterday, and towards the end, I got some cramps again. I didn't feel exhausted or overexerted at all, and the cramps came on out of the blue in my calves. That occurred right about the time that I had gone a long while without a banana or Gatorade.
And drink more water. An awful lot is still not going to be too much. It's muuuuch harder to drink too much than it is to drink not enough. Up the H20.