I currently ride approx 60 to 75 miles per week. I have no known issues with my knees but have been waking up at night recently with what seems to be cramps in my left knee area. I have had this happen in other leg muscles but never in my knee...any ideas?
I have never had knee pain, (Knock on wood) however, I have dealt with cramps in my legs which went away when I began drinking gatorade on my longer rides. Perhaps the electrolytes in the gatorade is was helped. I have also had success with dealing with cramps by eating something salty during a long ride and right after completing the ride. Small bag of pretzels is what I ate.
Like some of the responders mentioned it could be a function of nutrition. However, I am a big believer that camps occur from one of three things or a combination there of: nutrition, flexibility and endurance. People who are less flexible tend to cramp more often. People who do not eat a wide variety of foods that give them a broad range of electrolytes and minerals tend to cramp more often (and be cautious about just throwing one mineral at a cramping problem as most nutritional issues are synergistic, not isolated ones), and people who have built greater levels of muscular endurance cramps less. So, in short, stretch more, improve your diet with more vegetables, fruits, whole grains and vitamins, minerals and water, and continue to build your endurance with training. Last but not least, this could be due to a mechanical issue, so if it does not get beter with the suggestions mentioned above, then I would suggest getting a bike fit and then maybe having someone like a physiacl therapist examine you.
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