Training & Nutrition Learn how to develop a training schedule that's good for you. What should you eat and drink on your ride? Learn everything you need to know about training and nutrition here.

Leg problem. Opinions?

Reply

Old 07-08-06, 10:07 PM
  #1  
EJ123
djentleman
Thread Starter
 
EJ123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 3,370
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Leg problem. Opinions?

If im sleeping and I wake up in the middle of the night, sometimes if I make a sudden move with one of my calves, one side unconsciencely contracts as if Im pushing my foot down. It lasts for about 10 seconds, but it sometimes hurts, and i have to pull my leg in so it wont put too much stress on my tendons. What if the tendons snapped or something I dont know. I posted something like this a while ago but I cant find it. What could possibly cause such discomfort? This doesn't happen ever other night. It's usually like every 2-6 months. Sometimes i can feel it comming, and I can sort of stop it.
EJ123 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-06, 10:15 PM
  #2  
Sasquatchula
Flowbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: NorCal
Posts: 318
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Eh, sounds like a cramp? Hydrate before bed, my guess is that this occurs after a hard ride, or one where you expend a lot of energy/perspiration.
Sasquatchula is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-06, 10:29 PM
  #3  
grahny
hobo
 
grahny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: CO
Posts: 3,784
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
This used to happend to me religiously when I started riding... it got so bad that I'd wake up and my right calf would contract so badly that I couldn't get it to stop... I'd have to run it under warm water in the tub to relax the muscle (after I limped in agony to the bathroom).. I acutally was able to get it to stop by eating bananas... I think it must have had to do with having all the right electrolytes other than potassium (that's all that I could figure out)...

If it cramps up so badly that you can't get it to release, then remember that warm (a little on the hot side rather than 'luke' warm) will help to relax it quickly.... also stretch the leg that it's affecting a lot to help prevent it.
grahny is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-06, 10:33 PM
  #4  
chromedome
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 366
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Stretch before you go to bed. And make sure your diet has plenty of calcium in it.
chromedome is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-06, 06:30 AM
  #5  
Az B
Fattest Thin Man
 
Az B's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Directly above the center of the earth
Posts: 2,649

Bikes: Miyata 610, Vinco V, Rocky Mountain Element

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Do you take cholesterol medication? That has been known to cause cramping in athletic people as well as the previously mentioned ideas.

Az
Az B is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-06, 07:44 AM
  #6  
EJ123
djentleman
Thread Starter
 
EJ123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 3,370
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
I drink smart water with electrolytes almost every other day back then but I didn't eat alot of bananas though. I have begun eating bananas for my morning smoothie and havent had the the contraction hm.
Cholesterol meds lol. No I dont take them, Im 16
EJ123 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-06, 03:47 PM
  #7  
supcom
You need a new bike
 
supcom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 5,433
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
It's a muscle cramp. Try stretching. This article may help you.

http://www.ultracycling.com/training/cramping.html
supcom is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-06, 11:01 AM
  #8  
slowandsteady
Faster but still slow
 
slowandsteady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Jersey
Posts: 5,979

Bikes: Trek 830 circa 1993 and a Fuji WSD Finest 1.0 2006

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yup, just a cramp. No big deal. You won't pop a tendon or anything, unless you decide to go take a jog as soon as you get the cramp.

You are either deficient in water or electrolytes or both which includes, sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. The sodium is usually in overabundance in our diets. But the rest can be taken as a supplement. Bananas, kiwis, and potatoes are chock full of potassium. As a 16 yo, you need to get in three glasses of milk a day or take a supplement.
slowandsteady is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-06, 11:39 AM
  #9  
gwhunt23
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 613
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Although some sports drinks have potassium, they are nothing compared to bananas. Bananas contain about 400mg potassium and the sports drinks have about 30mg per 8 oz, if any. Additionally, the potassium in bananas is complexed with calcium so it takes much longer to absorb, making it great for recovery.
gwhunt23 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-06, 11:44 AM
  #10  
timmhaan
more ape than man
 
timmhaan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: nyc
Posts: 8,094
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
i vote for bananas as well. i eat at least a couple a day. drink water throughout the day as well. it's a good idea to bring a water bottle everywhere you go and just sip from it. also, make sure you drink and eat well after a ride. that's a good time for a gatorade or other sports drink\mix.
timmhaan is offline  
Reply With Quote

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service