Leg Cramps?

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  1. dmkaye

    dmkaye New Member

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    I am getting leg cramps as I start to increase the length of my rides. I can't tell if I am just tired, as I increase distance, or am bonking, due to lack of something (water, carbs, protein, etc.).

    Any suggestions?
     
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  2. tafi

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    You will generally be able to tell if you have bonked. Cramps can be a number of factors. Fitness, lack of salts, lack of hydration, eating a food which doesn't work for you (that happened to me with some energy gels once, now I just eat pikelets or friut bars - much better), poor bike position, lack of stretching can all have effects.
     
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    No, bonking is not the same thing as leg cramps. Bonking is when you are totally out of energy and you couldn't pedal your way out of a wet paper bag for a million dollars.

    Cramping is usually from being dehydrated. Though there have been times where I have taken in plenty of water and still cramped. On days over 80 degree's I put a little salt in my water. I've also seen guys lick there forearms on rides to try and get the salt back in there system. I don't know the health risks of that, I'm no doctor.

    Good luck...cramps are the worst!
     
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    Take your pick

    http://www.roadbikerider.com/cramps.htm
     
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