I was not really a coffee drinker, but aquired the taste last year. This year
I got a coffee maker for Christmas and I started drinking a couple of cups a
day in January for a few late night study sessions. At that time I started
having major problems with my legs and feet cramping during practice,
especially pushing off turns. Our trainer said I probably wasn't getting
enough liquids, but I hadn't changed my other drinking/eating habits any. I
consumed large amounts of water, tried drinking Gatorade, and eating bananas.
Nothing seemed to change it. Finally I decided to cut out coffee. Except for
the damage already done to the muscles, the cramping problems disappeared.
Has anyone else experienced this? Is there an explanation for it? Perhaps it
was just coincidence. Thanks for the input.
P.S. Sorry "E." I don't want to get another piddley string started, but I
think this applies to competitive training.
Phil Luebke, 4yr. letterwinner, captain, record-holder, MVS, team points leader
University of Northern Iowa Swimming and Diving Team
(Just a little ego trip, now that my college career is over)