Cramping on a long ride (right now)


(Jacob Wagner) #1

I am (right now) 18 miles into a 32 mile ride. This is my first time going this far.

I have a mild but recurring leg cramp.

Does anyone have any advice for dealing with it?

I am in town and have access to all of the normal business types if I should get something.

–Jacob


#2

Electrolytes.

If you’re doing keto, look for a product without sugar. Ideally, it’ll contain salt (sodium chloride), potassium, and magnesium.


(Jacob Wagner) #3

Like a propel or something like that?

–Jacob


#4

Yeah, Propel or something comparable should work.


#5

FWIW, I’ve been adding LyteShow to my hydration reservoirs for mountain biking and hiking. You might not find it for today’s ride, but you can get some for future rides. Here’s a link…


(ianrobo) #6

Was it warm ? I had a real bad issue recently and I thought it was lack of salts but in the end think simply did not drink enough !


(Jacob Wagner) #7

It was high 70s.

I had plenty of water with me but not electrolytes.

I will be better prepared next week.

–Jacob


(Jacob Wagner) #8

Thank you. I will check that out.

–Jacob


(Joseph) #9

No experience while on keto (just started the journey a week ago) but for me cramping normally occurs when my fitness is not up to par. I barely finished the Death Ride - Tour of the California Alps, this year and was cramping the last 3+ hours of a 11+ hour ride. Try Tums. It shuts it down immediately for me.


(Bob M) #10

Anything named the “Death Ride” sounds like a good ride. I always wanted to go ride one of the Tour de France stages. I heard people actually fall over because some of the slopes are so steep.


(ianrobo) #11

Actually done a lot of the major climbs in the alps and they are gradual and not steep, climbs here in the UK are far worse for % climbs


(Jacob Wagner) #12

I did a pre-run of the 50k I was planning for and had some cramping in the last 5 Miles. Then for the real event had none except a slight twinge that started about 5 blacks from the end.

Both times I brought only water with electrolytes in it. For the real event I used Smart Water with propel packets added to it.

–Jacob


(Bob M) #13

We have some steep climbs here in CT (USA), but they are only a few minutes long. :grinning: I always saved a particularly steep climb near my house for the end of my ride. It was very steep, but very short. Nothing like a mountain. But after 90 miles (let’s say 180km, to keep the math simple), it’s a bear.


(Joseph) #14

I skipped last two year’s century due injuries. Foxys’ has become one of my favorite and hope to complete it under 5 hours moving in 2019. Almost did it on 2016 with moving time of 5:24 and total 6:09 on water only and obligatory snacking at rest breaks. Just restarted riding this week and targeting the Davis Double next year for my “A” ride. Need to drop 25# first.


(Jacob Wagner) #15

I have a goal of doing the century by 2022. This year I did the 50k. Next year I plan to enter the 100k.

–Jacob