Had my first race of the season yesterday. Didn’t go as planned (see title ). Unfortunately, I was traveling and off the bike for 5 days, then came back and did a couple short VO2 max workouts Wednesday and Thursday where I started to notice some twinges in my calves. Fast forward to Saturday, I’m warming up and I get the same twinge in my calf. That twinge turned into full on muscle cramps 2 hours into the race. First in my calf, then in my quad 200 meters from the finish. The muscle was rippling and fully locked my knee out, where I ended up having to walk for a few meters after standing in debilitating pain.
Now I checked all the boxes for preventing cramps through nutrition, had something spicy to help out the brain, acclimatized to heat, and not a common thing for me either. I also don’t feel like fatigue was the reason as I was off the bike for 5 days and started to notice it the day I got back on, and in merely my warm-up yesterday. Or am I wrong here? What gives?!?
Now diving a little deeper, I’ve read some stuff on TUMS helping with muscle cramps. Anyone else try this?