I’m looking for some info and practical wisdom for dealing with post-workout cramps in my inner thigh (not groin, but whole length of the thigh down to just above the knee - not much of an anatomist, so I can’t name the muscle!).
I’ve been increasing my distance over the last two weeks in my final training push to prep for a long tour coming up in early August. After longer-than-normal rides (80-90 miles), I am prone to a truly debilitating cramp (read: screaming and crying) in the area described above. It tends to happen when I’m lying in bed the evening after the ride.
Without knowing what’s really going on, I’m throwing everything at it that I can think of: drinking water like a fish all day every day, more electrolyte tabs during the ride, stretching, trying to keep moving after riding so muscles stay warm. The last couple days, I have had some warning twinges but not full-on cramps, thank God, so something I’m doing is helping.
What is this? Normal response to increased distance? Poor hydration on warm summer days? Age (I’m 51)? Bad form or bike fit? Nutrition problems? Payback for neglecting Suf Strength the last few weeks?
What can I do? How best to stretch? How can I make sure this doesn’t knock me out during my event, when I’m riding 10 days in a row of 120 miles? How can I survive if it appears despite my best efforts?
I understand there are probably many reasons for this to happen and as many solutions, but I want to know if I’m missing anything in the realm of prevention and especially would like the voice of experience to help me handle it when it happens.