I can't figure this out! I'm 47, ride 10-20mi five times a week. All is well, but when bad weather hits, I end up taking three days off. I feel twinges of cramps or charlie horses and then suddenly, a full on, leg stiffening Charlie horse ruins my day. This can happen walking, sitting, driving or just standing.
The feeling is like being punched in the quad or IT band. I've never had them in my hamstring or calf, but the quad will stiffen and swell in one area and remain painfully debilitating for hours. I have been through watching my water, electrolites and diet, stretching throughout the day. If my riding is not interupted by monsoons, I'll enjoy months of cramp free riding. However, if I try riding on the third day off, I'll get a few miles before cramping up and then I have to self rescue painfully. I keep trying every day and the cramping grows less problematic, until finally I'm back to normal. My doctors haven't helped.
Do any of you have this dis-use sort of cramping? Any remedies? Thanks