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I feel like there are a lot of cyclists that take supplements to maximize their performance but one thing I’ve noticed that is lacking in my diet and supplements is calcium.
For backstory, I’m a 23 year old college student that is a cat 1 cyclist. I try to eat a healthy diet based on affordability and convenience so that usually means limited types and amounts of fruits and vegetables are eaten daily. I usually only have plant-based milks and don’t eat much cheese or yogurt. I’ve also had problems having a clean season without injury meaning only 1 out of my last 4 years I haven’t had to take extended time off the bike (4+ weeks) to recover. Usually I’ve had knee problems concentrated around the patellar tendon but last year suffered from Achilles tendinitis. I’ve increased stretching and strength training over the years which has helped but doesn’t always work. Foam rolling and active release typically don’t do much to help my tight quads but dry needling does provide relief.
Anyways, circling back, I haven’t had any bloodwork done recently but I realize I don’t typically get the recommended daily amount of calcium. I believe there is also probably a significant loss in calcium from sweat loss as well. I know we usually associate calcium with teeth and bones but I’ve read that it can also affect your squeezing and relaxing of muscles. Does anyone have experience with this?
I take one of these (half dosage) per day: