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Old 08-01-07, 10:12 AM
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Stoopid cramps

Ugh.

I've been trying to ride more lately since the house is finally getting tidied up, and the one thing I've noticed plaguing me is... cramps. Hamstring and adductor cramps seem to be the most popular.

I think I need to stretch more, because the two bananas per morning and proper hydration don't seem to be doing it for me.

My coworkers looked on perplexed a few minutes ago as I hobbled around in my cubicle in agony.
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Old 08-01-07, 10:16 AM
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Not enough of the RIGHT KIND of hydration....What color is your pee? If it is not clear you are not adequately hydrating. Also, do you stretch AFTER too?
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A couple of weeks ago I was getting cramps in the bottom of my feet! Once while I was riding and a couple times woke me up. Bizarre and painful. I decided it was the flexible sandals I was wearing on the bike. But I kept wearing them and the cramps have gone away.

My advice: do nothing. Your body has the right to complain once in awhile.
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A buddy of mine recommends using Endurolyte pills or powder by Hammer Nutrition. I think GNC or places like that have them.

I get similar cramps too so I intend to buy some and try it out as well.
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On hammerfest group rides, I almost always get a calf cramp on the right side at about the same spot in the route. It happened four rides in a row. I have never had cramps from commuting (~11.5 miles one way), but after around 25 miles, the calf hates me. I tried electrolytes and extra H20, but it didn't seem to have much of an effect. So I feel for you.

One of the guys riding with me said, "Good! I'm glad something's slowing you down," while I was trying to stretch the thing out!
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+1 on the Endurolytes. I was introduced to them after my first Hotter than Hell, and
believe me they work. I also use them when I'm teaching scuba diving, you'd be surprized
exactly how dehydrated you can become diving.

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Originally Posted by cydewaze View Post
Ugh.

I've been trying to ride more lately since the house is finally getting tidied up, and the one thing I've noticed plaguing me is... cramps. Hamstring and adductor cramps seem to be the most popular.

I think I need to stretch more, because the two bananas per morning and proper hydration don't seem to be doing it for me.

My coworkers looked on perplexed a few minutes ago as I hobbled around in my cubicle in agony.
The banana's only provide potassium , you need a sodium source too. Pickles, beef jerky, v8, cottage cheese etc are all good sodium bombs. Salted nuts are great too in that most kinds provide a good hit of Mg as well.

BTW this shouldn’t be in foo as it has real content; only mindless garbage for the validation needy is to be put in foo.
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Old 08-01-07, 02:41 PM
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BTW this shouldn’t be in foo as it has real content; only mindless garbage for the validation needy is to be put in foo.

I tried to derail it, I tried!
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Old 08-01-07, 02:41 PM
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What are you drinking while riding? For me cytomax seems to work the best. However, I also use Sportlegs to keep off cramping. I don't take them as a pill though. I open them up and pour 1 - 2 pills into my water bottle. This way my stomach doesn't have to digest them and I take it in over a period of time rather than all at once.
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Originally Posted by Enthalpic View Post

BTW this shouldn’t be in foo as it has real content; only mindless garbage for the validation needy is to be put in foo.

Wow that wasn't very nice. Why are YOU in Foo?

There are a lot of good people in Foo, maybe it's just not your cup of tea.

ANYWAY Cydewaze,

Kiwi fruit has a lot of postassium as well. Might want to try one of those with your banana and beef jerkey.
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Please dont outsmart the censor. That is a very expensive censor and every time one of you guys outsmart it it makes someone at the home office feel bad. We dont wanna do that. So dont cleverly disguise bad words.
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post

ANYWAY Cydewaze,

Kiwi fruit has a lot of postassium as well. Might want to try one of those with your banana and beef jerkey.

What Siu said. Apply topically.
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Originally Posted by Krink View Post
What Siu said. Apply topically.
+1. Haha!

More water, more veggies, more fruits, more meats.

Get a massage, man. Your hamstrings and adductors are probably strung out.

Stretch before, after, and during a 2 minute stop, too. Go gentle...or you'll aggrivate the muscle into cramping more.
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I was getting the same thing when trail riding. It tends to happen just as the sun is setting, too.

At least I get a lovely view of the sunset while I sit down and stretch

Oh yeah, I also found it tends to happen if I drank a Red Bull prior to the ride, too.
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Skip the Banana and start eating Dried Apricots.

1 medium-sized banana (100 grams) has about 350 mg of Potassium

1 handful of dried apricot halves (about 25 grams) has over 1800mg. There's also a high sodium content. Plus, you can stuff 'em in a jersey pocket as a good on-the-bike food.


If you're super-brave, you can spread Vegemite on a piece of wheat toast, and get your potassium and sodium requirement for the year.
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I have a similar problem with hamstrings and adductors (hip flexors) but it's just tightness and soreness and not actual cramps. The sensatiion is like cramps but they actually aren't; just extremely tight and stiff muscles. Mine are brought on from lots and lots of running milaage with no cross training.

Stretching will eventually help but it took me three or four months are stretching after a riode or run to finally get rid of it.
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Originally Posted by SingingSabre View Post
+1. Haha!

More water, more veggies, more fruits, more meats.

Get a massage, man. Your hamstrings and adductors are probably strung out.

Stretch before, after, and during a 2 minute stop, too. Go gentle...or you'll aggrivate the muscle into cramping more.
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If you haven't been riding in a while you may just need to get back into condition.
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Wow that wasn't very nice. Why are YOU in Foo?

There are a lot of good people in Foo, maybe it's just not your cup of tea.
I'm at work and grew bored of doping threads.

I never said foosters weren’t good people I just said that the threads are about nothing and that most are validation needy. All foo threads play out like this:

Fooster 1: I have a problem and feel bad about it.

Fooster 2: Don’t worry everything is ok and we love you *hugs*

Fooster 3 : yeah you’re not a loser, let us give you self esteem and have a beer.

The other variant is

Fooster 1: Look at me I’m attractive <insert pic>

Foosters 2 through 276: Yes you are and I want to <insert junior high level flirtation here>

Fooster 1: *blush*


I admit it can be entertaining... kinda like a car wreak on the side of the road or reality tv.

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Any electrolyte imbalance can cause cramping. This could be sodium, potassium, magnesium, etc.
How's the diet? Do you eat a well balanced intake of a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, and meats?
I would take a look at that first and then work on hydration as well.
Do you take a multivitamin with minerals?
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I'm at work and grew bored of doping threads.

I never said foosters werenít good people I just said that the treads are about nothing and that most are validation needy. All foo threads play out like this:

Fooster 1: I have a problem and feel bad about it.

Fooster 2: Donít worry everything is ok and we love you *hugs*

Fooster 3 : yeah youíre not a loser, let us give you self esteem and have a beer.

The other variant is

Fooster 1: Look at me Iím attractive <insert pic>

Foosters 2 through 276: Yes you are and I want to <insert junior high level flirtation here>

Fooster 1: *blush*


I admit it can be entertaining... kinda like a car wreak on the side of the road or reality tv.
Did they leave the cage open again?
I know I scolded those kids once befere, but what are you gonna do with teenagers?




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I'm at work and grew bored of doping threads.

I never said foosters werenít good people I just said that the treads are about nothing and that most are validation needy. All foo threads play out like this:

Fooster 1: I have a problem and feel bad about it.

Fooster 2: Donít worry everything is ok and we love you *hugs*

Fooster 3 : yeah youíre not a loser, let us give you self esteem and have a beer.

The other variant is

Fooster 1: Look at me Iím attractive <insert pic>

Foosters 2 through 276: Yes you are and I want to <insert junior high level flirtation here>

Fooster 1: *blush*


I admit it can be entertaining... kinda like a car wreak on the side of the road or reality tv.
Okay. That was hella funny.

But keep in mind, I have made a few friends on here. People I have met and ridden with. And sometimes we need support from each other when things are going bad. Like when one of us was killed by a car and another was on her deathbead. Or when one of us got cancer. Or when some of us were going through cancer screening and was afraid of the outcome. Or when a layoff put someone in the middle of nowhere. Non bike related stuff. That is what Foo is. Needy? Maybe. But it's the point that we are here for each other and helped each other through the rough times.
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Enthalpic:

If you want sameness and homogeny in threads...visit A&S sometime.

A&S 1 - I'm so upset that car drivers don't heed the right of way to me.

A&S 2 - Damn straight, fcck cagers.

fin.
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ps. I wouldn't classify my flirtation as 'junior high level'...I barely touch the 3rd grade with my clumsy flopping around.
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I admit it can be entertaining... kinda like a car wreak on the side of the road or reality tv.
Yet you keep coming back. Get over thyself or get thee to a nunnery.
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I need my parking validated. Also, I got a cramp from laughing. Thanks a lot.
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