Question: I sweat beyond belief. Sweat runs off my face and drips like a worn faucet. Then I cramp badly, even though I drink a lot. What do you suggest? — Joe J.
Coach Fred Matheny Replies:I’m a heavy sweater, too, and have suffered many cramps.
I was tested at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. They found that not only do I sweat more than average, it causes me to lose substantial amounts of sodium.
So, the solution for me has been to put a pinch of salt in my on-bike sports drink, which already contains other electrolytes.
Cramp prevention is far from an exact science. We have an excellent resource in the RBR Bookstore: Preventing and Treating Cramps, by Coach John Hughes.
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