rider of small bicycles
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Rochester, New York
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Originally Posted by Machka
Cramping is normally caused by the following factors:
- lack of electrolytes: sodium and potassium
- lack of experience (not enough riding)
- too much riding (serious overtraining)
- poor bicycle setup
- lack of stretching
- lack of other minerals (i.e. calcium)
"The calves were screaming at the top of the last climb"
Did you really cramp - leg muscle in tight knots which didn't go away for hours after the race and had you hobbling around for some time . . . or were your muscles just working more than you were used to?
When I typed that, I knew it was going to cause some confusion. Sorry. Yes, they were cramps to be sure. Not full blown one's, but they hurt nonetheless.
Thanks for the info. Let me analyze further.
definitely not a problem
lack of electrolytes: sodium and potassium ...
surely this is a contributing factor
lack of experience (not enough riding) ...
possibly, but considering it happend last year at mile 2500, I'm going to rule this out.
too much riding (serious overtraining) ...
again possibly, but I'm currently putting in less than 100 miles per week most of which is base training, so I'm going to rule this out as well.
poor bicycle setup ...
I have been professionally fitted to my bike and feel very comfortable on it, so I'll rule this out.
lack of stretching ...
a definite possibility. I DON'T strech as much as I should.
lack of other minerals (i.e. calcium) ...
another possibility. However, as I said, I eat very well and take a multi-vitamin every day, so I'll rule this out as well.