The last month or so, it's been more then that. My thighs as well. Anywhere in my legs. The only good part is that it's usually when the muscle is at rest. Either when I'm sleeping or just sitting around. Except for swimming. When I'm swimming, my feet and calves are fair game. It used to just happen towards the end of a swim, when I was tired, but lately it's happening at any point.
The good part is, I can swim through it. It hurts like hell and I slow to a crawl, but I can keep afloat and keep moving. Maybe it would be smarter to stop and stretch it out right away, but I need to know that, if it ever happens in open water, I won't drown. I won't. So that is good.
Having said that, muscle cramps = no fun. I've mentioned them to a couple people and the first question is: are you hydrating enough? My initial reaction is, of course. I actually quite like water and I drink a lot of it. I have at least one glass with every meal or snack and drink more throughout the day.
Then, in spin class this week, Angie commented that I must lose 10 pounds in sweat. It's true. I was creating a little puddle. It was hot in there, but I was still definitely sweating more then most people. I'd like to think that it's because I was the hardest working, but that just isn't true. Everyone in there was working hard. Besides which, I started sweating while warming up, before even working hard.
So, now this has me wondering if I actually do drink enough? During that spin class, I had 2.5 bottles of fluid, but the bike is where I hydrate the best. I'll often do runs under 10km (6.2mi) without bringing any along. I usually have a bottle at the pool, but don't drink much. I'm not sure I make up for it enough after.
I put in a lot of hours training. Combine that with the fact that I sweat heavily, maybe hydration is the problem after all? I don't know. What I do know is that I am going to really focus on getting enough water. I've been paying attention for the last few days, and no muscle cramps in that time period. The other possibility is electrolytes or sodium, so if I keep having issues, I'll have to consider that further.
Do you ever get muscle cramps? What do you find prevents them? How do you make sure you get enough fluids in?