Both of my calves cramped up last Friday night. I sprinted to make a gap through heavy traffic for a left turn when my left calf cramped up. I instinctively popped my left foot out and continued pedaling with my right to get myself out of traffic when my right calf cramped up. I’m negotiating my way across three lanes of heavy traffic moving at 30 mph, at night and in the rain while trying to ignore blinding pain from both legs. Not fun.
What caused my muscles to cramp up? I briefly posted this to my Facebook page, and one of my more knowledgeable friends told me electrolyte balance is probably not to blame. I was eight miles into a 26 mile ride in light rain at 45 degrees F. I was dressed “just right” for the weather — not chilly at all, but not warm either. I was adequately hydrated, though I probably drank a little more caffeine than usual last Friday.
What was the worst place your legs cramped up? I lost control of both legs while I was in traffic; I’m happy I didn’t fall over and crash, but it was a pretty near thing for me.
Any tips to prevent leg cramps? This isn’t a chronic thing for me. I used to cramp up fairly frequently when I lived in Texas and cycled in the summer heat. I hadn’t had a charley horse in several years, but this year I’ve had two. Do you get leg cramps? How often?