Skip navigation

4589 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Sep 25, 2009 10:39 AM by Iron Dawg
bikingbrian25 Rookie 5 posts since
Aug 6, 2009
Currently Being Moderated

Aug 6, 2009 7:46 PM

Cramps-What to do?


I recently road my second century this past Saturday and DNF because of cramps at about the 56 mile mark. At about 50 miles into the ride my thighs right above both knees started to cramp severely. I rode on and thought  was going to get past this. At each rest stop I ate bananas for the potassium and I had been using GU energy gels every hour.  I was drinking Cytomax, at least 1 bottle every hour.



I have never experienced ths before, I ran into 2 other guys that were having problems with cramps and were not able to finish.



Any suggestions on what the cause may have been?



Eat my road grit, Liver Lips!-Clark W. Griswall
  • strangerthanfitness Pro 120 posts since
    Dec 3, 2008
    Currently Being Moderated
    1. Aug 8, 2009 6:46 AM (in response to bikingbrian25)
    Re: Cramps-What to do?

    Man can not live on Cytomax alone, your body needs H2O to transport all of the minerals you are taking in to your muscles.  People get obsessed with sports drinks and forget about good ole water.  Its nearly an epidemic of misinformation about minerals being the end all to cramp prevention, but the most important part of cramp prevention is hydration.  Its VERY important to maintain good hydration when doing extended endurance events.  You need to replace around 70% of water weight that you lose while doing an event.  Try to drink around 1-2oz of water every 10 mins or so on your next century, this is a very general statement, but you can adjust to fit your personal needs based on how much you sweat.  Continue to keep your nutrition up while riding, but hydration is where you will find the answer to your problem.

  • wawaski Amateur 20 posts since
    Jul 9, 2007
    Currently Being Moderated
    2. Sep 4, 2009 5:22 AM (in response to bikingbrian25)
    Re: Cramps-What to do?

    I can relate! Here's what I did: Heed by Hammer Nutrition mixed with a little Perpetum, sorta 50/50. Straight water as well, but in this heat 100-105, straight water "ain't gonna do it for long"...then Hammer gels, I sound like a commercial for them, but they work! Developed by scientisits that do the events and couldn't find anything they liked, they made their own!  Mine usually hit about mi 40, so bad I couldn't move, so I understand your pain! Good luck, keep "tweaking"...




    Go hard or stay in the yard...

  • Dom77mu Amateur 8 posts since
    Sep 8, 2009
    Currently Being Moderated
    3. Sep 8, 2009 10:35 AM (in response to wawaski)
    Re: Cramps-What to do?

    Try out old good sea salt in your drinks to replace the minerals, sodium that your losing. Celtic sea salt best followed by black sea one i think? Pinch of that in your water bottle may help.

     My Strength Training Blog - Simple and Effective ideas to help you reach your best.

     Colostrum - Is the "immune milk" Supercharged with 97 immune factors and 87 growth factors. Colostrum is 3 times more effective than tamiflu.



  • Robert Egan Rookie 2 posts since
    Feb 8, 2008
    Currently Being Moderated
    4. Sep 8, 2009 3:50 PM (in response to bikingbrian25)
    Re: Cramps-What to do?


    Other posts suggest more water, which is correct.  However, cramps could simply be lack of training miles.   A proper training plan with a gradual build up to longer and longer rides are needed.  During the long training rides, try alternatives for water, sport drinks and nutrition.   Keep a journal and note which combinations worked and which didn't with a corresponding note on the weather conditions.  You may find sports drinks with high carb solid foods may cause stomach upset.  Remember, your body can only absorb about 250 calories per hour, don't over eat.



    For my first Ironman triathlon (bike segment is 112 miles), I hired a coach and he had me biking up to 200 miles per week throught the summer (race in Oct.) with a proper long term build up starting in January on the wind trainer.  He also had me seeking hills for medium distance rides.  



    Good luck









  • Iron Dawg Pro 111 posts since
    Oct 8, 2007
    Currently Being Moderated
    6. Sep 25, 2009 10:39 AM (in response to bikingbrian25)
    Re: Cramps-What to do?

    You got some good advice but here's hopefully a little more. I carry one bottle of plain water and one bottle of (take your choice - athletic drink). Additionally, I set my watch timer so that it constantly goes off every 11 minutes. That is my cue to drink on a regular basis - not much but that way I don't forget. Additionally, I rotate the drinks so that i don't get filled up but yet stayed properly hydrated. It's become quite funny now as on a group ride my friends hear my timer go off and yell "drink time."  Also, remember that proper hydration starts about two days prior to your event so get plenty to drink the two days before you ride.

    Iron Dawg

    Favorite quote:

    "If you're not gettting better you're getting worse."

More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...