Ok. I have been a lurker for a while and post occasionally. Here is my problem
I started riding back in June of 06 and am hooked. I ride alot (4-6 Days a week) 25 miles mineach ride . So i ride a fair share of miles and most are ascending and descending. I ride a loop here by my house that has 4 mile climb then I (not very steep 4-6 %) come back to the bottom and do it again (depending on the day I do this on average 5 times at the very least - . I do this 3 days a week. The other 2-3 days I get out I do one hard climb (hard for me (12 % over 2 miles) and the rest is mostly flat (30-35 miles).
My problem lately is that my right calf muscle is starting to get spasms lately. Also Last week I had major shin splints that just about had me in wheelchair.Yesterday I went for my first ride since the shin splint issue and everything felt fine. However today I did get a muscle spasm in my right calf. When I feel the muscle spasm coming I use the left leg to move me forward in order to keep the right leg from just locking up.
anyone else have these problems? i drink plenty of fluids and try to eat right. What could be the problem. i was thinking perhaps because of some bigger rides in the last month my body is depleted of minerals or something. Is that silly or perhaps that is the case. last month I rode a century at a decent pace (5:15 hrs/Min) and then the rest of the month had some long climbing days. Could this be the cause? What can I do to help the cramps and the shin splints? does taking post ride vitamins and recovery drinks help? Please help as I have no clue what to do. except cry myself to sleep.
BTW - I'm 6'1 169 lbs. I tend to spin rather than pushing big gears. I don't know if this helps at all but whatever.
thanks in advance to anyone who replies