Can we talk cramp triggers again please
Greetings from NZ.
As a newbie in your cyber world I apologise in advance if cramp has been done to death on here but my searches show a mix of threads on the subject.
So cramp.......do you suffer, if so how, and what do you do for it. Also, what triggers it.
Personally, I can't seem to place any consistency on my cramp sessions. The only regularity is the physical places I suffer from it, which is typically calf, feet and toes - pretty standard stuff. Temperature has no bearing on it.
The reason I inquire is that I believe to the best of my ability I have crossed the usual suspects of the list. Hydrated, magnesium, sodium, potassium - all the boxes ticked. I train my calves weekly in the gym and have fairly good strength and endurance in them.
Sometimes I'm great for 10km, other times, when to the best of my ability I have had the same build up, the cramps set in at 2-3km. In most cases I can stop, and do a series of contortions and twists in water that resemble a seal having a fit to relieve myself, and then continue. Rarely, but occasionally, it ends my swim.
I've had a few back ops and issues over the years from sport ( fusion, laminectomy, discectomy etc ) and was wondering if this is potentially more the cause than any mineral or fluid deficiency.
Thanks in advance and smooth strokes!