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Solving the Cramping Issue

Old 07-17-07, 10:00 AM
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Solving the Cramping Issue

After suffering cramps in virtually every longer race early in the year (and in the year prior) and exhausting a plethora of "remedies" I sat down during Mt. Hood and pondered just what the heck might be going on. Nothing was helping and the cramps were costing me time, positions, and the ability to attack at important points in the race.

I finally came to the conclusion that they were happening at 1:20 - 1:30 into the race, or a bit later. Looking backwards it came to me, the one constant was my drinking a soy protein enriched bottle an hour or so in. So for the epic 86 mile climbing stage at Hood I stuck to just sport drink (Cliff Shot Electrolyte Replacement). Five hours including a 2 hour two man break later in 90 degree heat I hadn't gotten a single cramp.


Talking to several other people who had/have the same issue, the soy protein was a constant. In most cases they were using Perpetuem from Hammer, which also uses soy protein. Two of them stopped using it and their cramps vanished.

Hopefully this can offer something to folks who have had this issue.

My original thread cross posted in training and nutrition:

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Old 07-17-07, 11:31 AM
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One thing that has helped me lately in the heat is eating a salt packet once every hour, including before the start. I realize that might sound gross and counter-intuitive, but it works. There's a reason that USPS/Disco's DS's put salt in their bottles on hot days.
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