The words almost incite the vexing condition to start. We've all experienced cramping and typically when it's "go time" in racing. We're told we need to suck down more electrolytes in the form of salt tabs -- even though our carbo drink solutions are filled with electrolytes already. Or, we're told we're too dehydrated -- but, we're stopping multiple times during long workouts which means we've got plenty of fluids pumping through our bodies.
And, to make matters more confusing, the cramping mostly occurs in races yet rarely in training. So, what the heck is going on, what's with the confusing and sometimes conflicting information out there and, most importantly, can we actually alleviate cramping?