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Help with cramps in the summer

Old 08-30-17, 06:00 PM
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@carelton, not judging dude, but I think you need some vegetables!
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Old 08-30-17, 08:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Baby Puke View Post
@carelton, not judging dude, but I think you need some vegetables!
Hahahaha, I eat lots of veggies. Sometimes only veggies for meals.
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Old 01-05-18, 10:39 AM
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Originally Posted by carleton View Post
It's Protein.


@brawlo and @taras0000 were right.

The night I had my big cramps, I did a sweaty workout then at only chicken afterwards. Years ago, I was on a Keto diet when it happened.

Last week I had a few small cramps when I ate only protein after working out.

Today was a track day (standing starts). Ate 2 eggs for breakfast (with salt). 102F/39C in the infield. Drank 1 pint of Gatorade and 1.5 pints of water during the session. Felt fine. Came home, showered, relaxed. Snacked on a bunch of leftover breakfast sausage that I didn't eat this morning. 30 minutes later, my right hamstring is like, "Yo...you know we are about to do this thing, right?" as it pulsates with "pre-cramps". I hustle gingerly to the kitchen and take potassium pills, magnesium pills, and eat some salt...then I plugged in the heating pad and I'm sitting here waiting to see what's up

UPDATE:

RacerEx was right, too. It's protein.

I haven't lifted or done any workouts in a couple of days. Yesterday I ate pretty lightly all day then I ate 3 baked chicken thighs (with only salt and pepper seasoning) for dinner and drank water. About an hour later as I sit down on the sofa to watch some WestWorld, BAM! Cramp in the inner thigh with no warning whatsoever.
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Old 02-08-18, 12:28 PM
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A while back I listened to a really interesting Velonews Fast Talk podcast on ‘cramping myths’ (or something like that).

It hasn’t got all the answers, but if you have cramp issues it is probably worth searching it out and listening to it.
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Old 02-08-18, 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by e17blade View Post
A while back I listened to a really interesting Velonews Fast Talk podcast on ‘cramping myths’ (or something like that).

It hasn’t got all the answers, but if you have cramp issues it is probably worth searching it out and listening to it.
Yeah, I listened to that podcast, too. It was insightful. I think it's mentioned in this thread or another one.
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Old 02-09-18, 08:19 AM
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Originally Posted by carleton View Post
It was scientifically proven that electrolyte levels were not a significant factor. They are only a factor in that without them, fatigue sets in faster. Save your money.
For about eight years, a friend of mine has been saying (very much against the grain) that there's no scientific basis for the notion that cramping is about electrolyte levels. Glad to see that this is getting more mainstream acknowledgement.
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Old 02-11-18, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by queerpunk View Post
For about eight years, a friend of mine has been saying (very much against the grain) that there's no scientific basis for the notion that cramping is about electrolyte levels. Glad to see that this is getting more mainstream acknowledgement.
Yes, and no: There is some literature about it, and based on the physiology of muscle contraction (ions moving across the cell membrane), it makes sense.

That said, a lot of the new literature is showing that doesn't appear to be a factor.

So at this point, it doesn't appear to be a leading cause, though it could be.
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I'm beginning to think that there are multiple causes for cramps and that's what's confusing the matter.

Such causes could be:

- Protein (processing of protein "stealing" water from other systems).
- Electrolytes or other related substances.
- Early season intensity.
- Fatigue.

So, what fixes it for one group of racers has no change on another.
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