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I’m sharing what has actually made a difference, however I don’t cramp on the bike usually - it’s at night or when I like down. If I’m walking or standing, I don’t have an issue. Stretching seems to have made me less susceptible- significant improvement. But I still cramp at night after a hard ride but only adductor on the left leg. This seems strange and I’m trying to understand what might have helped or resolved this issue for others. I only cramp on left adductor ? Seems strange.
Yes, strange. Have you checked to see if you have a leg length imbalance? Perhaps a winter spent in the gym focusing on equalizing your dominant and non-dominant sides? It’s specifically a cramp, not “cramp-like” pain?


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Yes, strange. Have you checked to see if you have a leg length imbalance? Perhaps a winter spent in the gym focusing on equalizing your dominant and non-dominant sides? It’s specifically a cramp, not “cramp-like” pain?


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I think that I do have a slight leg length difference - at least a Dr. that examined me a long time ago after a car accident said so - but it’s never been something that has shown up in my riding/running. Equalizing, you mean strengthen the weaker side, to gain “balance”. And yes, I”m very sure that it’s a cramp. Hurts like hell and I get up and try to walk it off until finally it releases. I’ve been trying some anti-cramping supplements when it happens, even have tried TUMS.
 

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I think that I do have a slight leg length difference - at least a Dr. that examined me a long time ago after a car accident said so - but it’s never been something that has shown up in my riding/running. Equalizing, you mean strengthen the weaker side, to gain “balance”. And yes, I”m very sure that it’s a cramp. Hurts like hell and I get up and try to walk it off until finally it releases. I’ve been trying some anti-cramping supplements when it happens, even have tried TUMS.
That’s fixable!


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Stretching and cramps? These are different mechanisms. If you have adequate nutrition you shouldn’t have cramps.
Not really. There is not scientific consensus on the causes of cramps, but I know for me it is about hydration and electrolytes. "Adequate" nutrition doesn't apply when you sweat out over a gallon of fluids on a long ride.
 

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Not really. There is not scientific consensus on the causes of cramps, but I know for me it is about hydration and electrolytes. "Adequate" nutrition doesn't apply when you sweat out over a gallon of fluids on a long ride.
Fair enough, cramps are not well understood. Nutrition however, is well understood. Anyone that eats some semblance of a healthy and diverse diet has plenty of magnesium, calcium, potassium, etc. sodium is, of course, the outlier. This includes someone who does extended endurance activities.


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