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Strange back cramp

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Old 05-25-09, 08:10 PM
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Strange back cramp

Today, it was quite hot on my ride, and I hadn't eaten properly before we set out. At the top of a long hill, I got a cramp that felt almost like a stitch. It was underneath my shoulder-blade on the right side near my spine. I reached back and the muscle felt hard as a rock. I barely made it to the top of the hill because my position was just excruciating and it was restricting my ability to take deep breaths. I flopped into the grass at the top and had to take 2-3 minutes to calm down enough for it to go away.

Has anyone had a cramp like this, and if so, could it be a result of my fit and position on the bike? Any tips for exercises or stretches that could help?
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Old 05-25-09, 08:59 PM
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Are you pulling on the handlebar while you climb? Relax, put your hands on top of the bars and curl your fingertips under so that your nails are resting on top of the bars. Spin easy gears.
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Today, it was quite hot on my ride, and I hadn't eaten properly before we set out.
Dehydration is not your friend.
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