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Calf cramping

Old 06-26-13, 11:28 PM
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Calf cramping

Recently my right outside calf has started to twinge during rides - like I can feel a cramp coming on. It never actually cramped up during a ride until yesterday. It was hot (90+) and during a group ride I was going pretty hard at high cadence trying to pull a couple of us back to the leaders. At any rate, a few minutes later it cramped up really badly, tried to spin it out but eventually had to pull off and stretch it out for a few minutes. I rode again today at a moderate pace and it didn't cramp up.

I feel like I'm properly hydrating during rides, and even ate a banana right before the cramp ride. But since it's been consistently approaching the cramp stage quite a bit lately, I feel like I'm still doing something wrong/not doing something I should. Suggestions?
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And, just saw a billion recent threads on this, so nvm.
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If you've been pushing it hard, beyond where you usually operate, I don't think it's unusual for stressed muscles to react with cramping. As they condition to the harder efforts, the cramping will go away, especially if you take care to hydrate and use proper nutrition as you have been.

if you're really worried though, you could als try the Sportlegs supplement, which has a lot of popularity. I tried them once without any noticeable effect, and so can't personally recommend them, but mine's just one, crummy data point.
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Originally Posted by Gladius
It was hot (90+)

I feel like I'm properly hydrating during rides, and even ate a banana right before the cramp ride.
If you consumed electrolytes, you could drink a bit more. That might help.
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can stretch you calves without getting off or slowing down a lot too. put your pedal at like 4-5o'clock and drop your heel down
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