cramping problem (long)

cramping problem (long)

Post by Sford » Tue, 30 May 1995 04:00:00

I have been having probelms with leg cramps at the beginning of the run in
half ironman races, not in Ironman nor olympic distance races. Has
happened twice at Wildflower and to a lesser degree at Buffalo Spring
Lake, both of which have hills at the begining of the run. The cramping
has caused me to stop for stretching and massaging. Afterwards, I can run
at my desired race pace. Very discouraging because in the Wildflower cases
I have dropped out of Ironman qualifying spots because of short lived but
intense cramping.
I have looked at the obvious problems; hydration (I try to drink about 32
ounces of sports drink per hour), electrolyte defienciency (again, I drink
a sports drink containing electrolytes), and previous muscle
fatigue/trauma (I taper well and get massage as much as I can afford).
I am beginning to believe that it has something to do with the 2.25-2.5
hours of hammering during the bike portion of a half ironman. I do not
cramp in olympic distance where the bike is shorter nor in Ironman where
the pace is slower, about 5 hours. My longest time trial training efforts
are about 60-70 minutes. I  thinking that I need to increase them to about
90-120 minutes to condition my body for that long of a hard effort.
Although I do ride a great deal in flat terrian, I do ride a significant
portion in hills for specificity of training.
Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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