Another Century Question
I did my first century of the season yesterday. In the three+ years that I've been riding, I've been doing one to three centuries per year. I've bonked during a couple of them somewhere during the last fifty, but this year I had the strangest thing happen during the last 25 . . . When I stopped to check in at the 75-mile spot, a calf muscle seized up, just briefly, when I got off the bike . . . I ate, I drank, got back on and was feeling fine . . . but when we had to stop for a traffic light, one of my thigh muscles started cramping like crazy . . . We pulled over at the light -- where as luck would have it, there was a gas station with a convenience store -- to fill our bottles with more Gatorade (only water at the rest stops), and continued on. For the rest of the ride, my legs were fine as long as I kept spinning, but were prone to cramping if I stopped spinning, though by the time we pulled into the final stop, I had no problem at all. Anyone have any idea what's up with this . . . and how to avoid it two weeks from now when I do another century? BTW, this was the fastest century I've done -- averaging 18 mph! Not bad for a little old lady, huh?