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Anti cramping suggestions
« on: February 22, 2008, 06:36:07 AM »
What secrets does everybody use? Anyone use sport legs? What about using calcium /magnesium vitamins? I have taken these because that appears to be the big ingedients in some anti cramp formulas and they are cheaper to buy. I 've heard of some weird anti cramps suggestions in the past, who uses what?   ???    ???     ???
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Re: Anti cramping suggestions
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2008, 07:20:51 AM »
I've used Sport Legs before. I didn't really notice a difference. The product I use now to mix into the bottle is called "Heed". But I only use it longer rides. But as you know there is no sub for water. A lot before during and after. Also just increasing the miles or intensity can help. Everybody has something that works for them that may not work for someone else.
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Re: Anti cramping suggestions
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2008, 08:27:46 AM »
Endurolytes, but only during races. I almost never cramp on a normal ride.

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Re: Anti cramping suggestions
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2008, 08:42:12 AM »
Endurolytes? Tell me more Harvey. I've heard of it but in what form?
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Re: Anti cramping suggestions
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2008, 09:11:30 AM »
Endurolytes and Heed are products sold by Hammer Nutrition. I use one of their products for post-ride called Recoverite. I also try to eat a banana for breakfast or right after a ride -- I heard that bananas help for cramping. Also, I don't know if this factors in, but I also try to get a nice 10 - 20 minute stretching session every night.

If you want to check out more about supplements, visit www.hammernutrition.com. Be warned, though, there is quite a bit of information to, ahem, digest...  ;)

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P.S. - They have a special section just on cramping at http://www.hammernutrition.com/za/HNT?PAGE=CRAMP
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Re: Anti cramping suggestions
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2008, 10:15:07 AM »
I think stretching is also a huge factor. It along with hydration are two of the most neglected aspects in fitness. Most cyclist, including myself do not properly stretch. It can greatly improve perfomance.

Bananas help because they contain potasium.
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Re: Anti cramping suggestions
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2008, 10:34:18 AM »
Yes - Bananas have potassium, the next most important electrolyte next to good old sodium. They're the best natural form of potassium you can get. Canteloupe is a close second.

I believe that calcium and magnesium are also electrolytes, thus their inclusion in Sport Legs.

Ken: They come in both powder and pill form. I use both. I put what I think I'll need in my bottles in powder form, then supplement with pills if necessary. If the legs start feeling tight (prelude to cramps), I start popping them.

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Re: Anti cramping suggestions
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2008, 10:44:36 AM »
What secrets does everybody use? Anyone use sport legs? What about using calcium /magnesium vitamins? I have taken these because that appears to be the big ingedients in some anti cramp formulas and they are cheaper to buy. I 've heard of some weird anti cramps suggestions in the past, who uses what?   ???    ???     ???
Hey Ells, maybe just need more miles.

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Re: Anti cramping suggestions
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2008, 12:54:14 PM »
Have you tried Midol ;D

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Re: Anti cramping suggestions
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2008, 03:28:45 PM »
 ::)
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Re: Anti cramping suggestions
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2008, 03:51:41 PM »
My hamstrings were tight on my ride today but they didn't cramp. Guess those would have come in handy. I have some Sport legs, just need to use them. I could have done without that 20 MPH headwind on the return of my 49.9 road ride. 25 miles dead into it, talk about resistence traing! :o
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Re: Anti cramping suggestions
« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2008, 08:04:34 PM »
I definitely need more miles. I remember somebody telling me once that he used the little soy packets from restaurants for cramping. He swore that it was the greatest thing in the world. I need to try it sometimes but can never remember to get some and pack away for a long ride. Can't think what could be in the stuff that would be good for cramping. I'll haveto internet search the ingredients  and see. Pickle juice is supposed to be good as I've read that some football teams use the stuff during pre-season two a days...  As far as that midol goes, I stay away from  medication pills unless absolutely necessary. 
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Re: Anti cramping suggestions
« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2008, 08:07:27 PM »
 ;D

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Re: Anti cramping suggestions
« Reply #13 on: February 23, 2008, 08:45:37 PM »
Can't think what could be in the stuff that would be good for cramping.

Salt. It's just another way to get sodium - lots of it.

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Re: Anti cramping suggestions
« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2008, 09:32:37 AM »
Midol doesn't work either, ay least so my wife says! ::) ;)
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