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    Felt good, then something went WRONG

    Did a 100k charity ride yesterday near Dallas - felt great for first 20-30 miles, then massive cramps set in and totally ruined my day - DAMN !! I've been on similar rides, even much hillier and drink water alot during a normal workday.... I may not have pounded the water in the first hour much but it was 8:00am and not that hot yet. Drank 1L before the race but also had 2 large cups coffee - never had cramping problem before, including last years Hotter-N-Hell Century or any other rides we do. It was debilitating and I'm scared to death it'll sneak up on me and ruin my next ride ! Any advice ???

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    I don't know about your specific situation but generaly cramping is because of poor mineral balance / levels. You can get caught up in taking suppliments to try and sort out the balance but a more effective and important path to take is to build up your body's mineral stores to the point where it looks after it itself. ie, if your mineral levels are borderline it doesn't take much to put them out of whack. A little hard exercise will do it easily.

    Have plenty of good fresh food in your diet, soups made from boiling bones (bone broths) are very benificial and don't be afraid of salt although I always reccomend unrefined celtic sea salt rather than refined salt.

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    I'm no expert...but I wouldn't imagine coffee being good for you before cycling? ( or at all.. )

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    Yeah, generally, cramping is always the result of mineral imbalance or severe dehydration.

    "pounding down water" and drinking coffee (a diuretic) are good ways to make sure you're disturbing any chance of keeping a beneficial mineral balance.

    I guess all those ads for sports drinks are still missing their marks.

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    I had this problem in a severe way on a metric century last year when the heat index was over 100 degrees, and I agree, it's miserable. Cramps are an early sign of heat exhaustion and are brought on by electrolyte imbalance. A friend who does cross-country rides suggested that I try E-caps. Now I take one every hour during rides in the summer, and one every ten miles when conditions are very hot. I also make sure to drink even more water. So far this has worked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angus
    I had this problem in a severe way on a metric century last year when the heat index was over 100 degrees, and I agree, it's miserable. Cramps are an early sign of heat exhaustion and are brought on by electrolyte imbalance. A friend who does cross-country rides suggested that I try E-caps. Now I take one every hour during rides in the summer, and one every ten miles when conditions are very hot. I also make sure to drink even more water. So far this has worked.
    Yeah, that my conclusion after a week of research and going to LBS... the guys there have never lied to me and they all said I need to get E-caps, going with the brand they have Hammer tabs for $20 for 120 tabs it may be a small investment... anything to head this off for my century ride next weekend.

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