Ok so did cannock last sat,had a great day but unusually for me suffered cramp near end & while sat eating cake at benches after…. Then did local 30miler last night & same thing!, writhing around living room floor in that horrid leg cramp way!!! Its so painfull!! Behind the topv thigh… Hamstring just pulls sooo tight!!! Arghhhh the thought of it!!Posted 3 years ago
… So does the collective have an idea what causes such a reaction & what to eat or drink to prevent it again!!??? As i say i dont get it normally only rarely?… I have been on a no choc diet lately & cut all sugar from drinks?…
Thanks for reading – peteNobeerinthefridgeSubscriber
I drink electrolyte based drinks if I’m out for a big ride, and if we go to for food afterwards, I’m careful not to sit with my knees bent beyond 90deg, otherwise I get it in my hamstring too. I bet when you were sat on the bench eating cake you had your feet tucked in below you, didn’t you?.Posted 3 years agojonbaMember
Last convincing article I read said that electrolyte and similar products don’t do much for cramp. If you are cramping due to low salt it would as likely be your arms as your legs.
That said if you go out hungry and ride you’d be more succeptable in my experience as cramping often comes with Bonking.
It is a muscular thing, caused by overuse of the cramping muscle. Could be caused by a change in position if it has just come on or an increase in the amount of riding. So try moving your saddle (back?) Otherwise it is a fitness thing.Posted 3 years agosuperfliMember
I was suffering from cramp last year, after just 15miles sometimes. Its not like I wasnt used to longer rides and my fitness was still good. I read that Quinine should help out (which can be found in tonic water), so I bought some tablets:
Seems to be good so far and I have done some longish rides that I could feel cramp was going to start – dropped tab and all ok 🙂Posted 3 years agoollie51Member
Most sports scientists (the others have studies funded by High 5 😉 )believe that ‘Exercise Induced Cramps’ are what occur when the neuromuscular demands of an exercise/exercises are beyond neuromuscular capabilities of a muscle or a group of muscles. Basically, your body can’t really control how muscle contractions ‘fire’ any longer, and it often inevitably means a really, really hard and long contraction of the muscle.
I often get cramps after races when sitting down at the end, which is pretty normal. Your muscles will be contracting in a different, much slower way than they were on the bike and if you pulled your leg back under a bench your hamstring may well just decide it wants to cramp.
I don’t think there’s been a study since the war that’s concluded that electrolytes prevent camp, at best weak correlations. Electrolytes are important for proper hydration though, so they have their place.Posted 3 years ago
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