Entries by Shane

Is It Electrolyte Depletion, or The Wall?

We’ve already established that I cramp a lot while swimming.  If you didn’t read my previous post, check it out here:  Swimming and Cramping. Recently, I had the opportunity to do a massive amount of open water swimming.  Like, 20,000 meters of open water swimming in 10 days.  Can we really call that vacation?  Either […]

A Great Race!

I’m going to depart a bit from my normal discussion of cramping muscles and talk about a victory today! 2 weekends ago I raced in the Lake Stevens 70.3.  It was my second time racing there, the first ending up in disaster.  The first time there, I’d taken my bike on the plane and somehow […]

Swimming and Cramping

As unfortunate as it is to say, swimming and cramping go hand in hand for me.  I have noticed that guys seem to cramp more than girls in the pool, which may have something to do with the inability to properly pace.  But for me, it can be absolutely horrible. The first time I swam […]

It’s a Dry Heat

When I was growing up, fitness and athletics simply weren’t a part of my everyday life.  It wasn’t until I was an adult that I got exposed to the benefits, and joy, of staying physically fit. As an adult, I’ve pretty much always lived in Phoenix, Arizona.  So, it’s hot.  Like, really, really, really hot.  […]

Confessions of a Lifetime Cramper

My name is Shane.  I’m a cramper.  I’ve always been a cramper, and I always will be. Too bad there isn’t a “cramper’s anonymous”.  haha. I’ve been an endurance athlete competing in marathons, then 1/2 IronMan and IronMan triathlons, for over 12 years.  I’m in my, ahem, mid-40’s (the new 30’s, right?!?) and by this […]

Endurance Training Diet

Carb Loading Everyone is familiar with the idea of carb loading.  If you have ever been around someone training for an endurance event, you’ve likely heard them say (as they reach for their third helping of bread with their pasta meal), “I’m carb loading for my race tomorrow.”  While Glycogen stores are necessary to help […]

Leg Muscle Cramp Remedies

Leg cramps are involuntary muscles that contract and are unable to relax.  They can be very painful, and often feel like the muscle is hard and swollen as the muscle hardens.  While cramps can occur anywhere in the body, they are most commonly experienced in the lower leg, calf or front and back of thigh. […]

Natural Muscle Recovery Foods

Recovery Time Any vigorous exercise activity lasting longer than ~45minutes will deplete the body of it’s glycogen stores.  The first 30-45 minutes post workout is the best and most critical time to replenish stores lost and help aid the body in recovery.  This recovery includes replacing energy stores, avoiding muscle soreness, repair and rebuild muscle […]

Muscle Nutrition Supplements

While maintaining a healthy diet is the best way to develop muscle and overall muscular health, it is not always enough.  It is often difficult to get all of the nutrients that we need from food, especially while leading a very active lifestyle.  Muscles need the proper fuel, vitamins and nutrients to help develop, repair […]

What Causes Muscle Cramps In Calves

What is a muscle cramp? A muscle cramp is described as an involuntary contraction of a muscle that will not relax.  There are several different types of these cramps, including in the calves.  These are also sometimes called a “charlie horse.”  An entire muscle, or even just fibers in that muscle that involuntary contract starts […]