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Old 10-08-08, 01:12 PM
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I have been commuting to class and work for about 8 months now which is 10 miles round trip. I have made my ride the last 12 straight days straight, unfortunately I missed my ride yesterday because of a mechanical difficulty, but when bedtime came around I just couldn't seem to stay still. It got bad enough that I got out of bed and walked around the house for a bit, but nothing helped it still took me hours to fall asleep. Has anyone else experienced anything like this before?
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Old 10-08-08, 01:18 PM
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That happens to me ALL THE TIME if I don't get enough leg workout during the day. It's like I have way too much energy stored up in my legs that needs to be released. The only thing I have found that helps is to do a bunch of squats, and also i grab a 30lbs dumbell in each hand and I lift up on my toes and back down repeatedly. It's the only thing I CAN do to make my legs stop!!!
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Old 10-08-08, 01:19 PM
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Always for me. The only thing that helps me is being genuinely tired when I go to bed -- too tired to read or whatever. Even then my feet still feel compelled to move!

In your case, this could be a one off thing not necessarily related to the bike, or any other activities for that matter. It can be caused by general stress (good or bad), or improper nutrition, etc. See how you feel in a few days (hopefully better )
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Old 10-08-08, 01:22 PM
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Watch your Potassium levels, mate. If this gets worse or you start to get cramping
start taking a Potassium supplement everyday to ensure that your blood flow
and nerve health are ok.

American's really do have crappy diets.
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Old 10-08-08, 01:23 PM
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I've always had it, since I was a kid. Some days yeah, I'm just tired and mellow and don't need exercise. Most days, though, I need it. I'm a pretty fast-twitch wired guy with tons of physical energy, and I've needed some form of exercise daily.

Funny thing is all day on my feet like in the mall or an amusement park can make it worse...it's like a tease. Nutrition/stress doesn't change it that much, only a slight effect.

I know it's not ideal, but in college one thing that made it go away was getting rip-roaring drunk. It woudl be back in full force in the morning, though.
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Old 10-08-08, 01:27 PM
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you could always do 500 hindu squats before you go to bed!
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Old 10-08-08, 01:43 PM
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My fiancee gets restless legs due to one of her meds, and her neurologist has her taking an OTC magnesium supplement before going to bed. It's working so far, as she hasn't had issues for over a week since starting the routine.
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Old 10-08-08, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by climbhoser View Post
I know it's not ideal, but in college one thing that made it go away was getting rip-roaring drunk. It woudl be back in full force in the morning, though.
lol, that's the spirit!

I have always wobbled my legs/tapped my feet restlessly to an unheard beat or whatever since I was a kid, never attributed it to cycling as I never used to ride as much as I do now - I definitely miss the leg work when I don't ride. Last weekend was the first time I'd not ridden in a single day (actually two) and not been on vacation out of town or something. Very odd, and I missed it immensely.
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Stretches and two ibuprofen.
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Old 10-08-08, 01:49 PM
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I have the same issue, too. Of course, if I have that much excess energy, my wife benefits from it.
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Old 10-08-08, 03:08 PM
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For me it means my feet are hot/getting hot. A couple years now, I don't tuck the sheets in at the foot when making the bed. I kick all covers off and let my feet cool. Seems to help.

Zzzzzzzzzz.
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Another hyperactive guy here- only days I'm quiet is when I'm really tired or not feeling well. Running, cycling and walking are my main outlets; don't feel right when I can't get out and do some sort of vigorous exercise at some point during the day. Work meetings are the worst! Am 53 and it's been that way my whole life; just now caught myself tapping my foot on my desk. As a kid I used to watch my grandparents in their living room and wonder how anyone could SIT for so long. No doubt that's why I was kicked outside a lot when we visited them!
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