Cramps (distance swimming)

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Roderick's picture


I am constantly getting cramps when swimming distance. They are always in my calf muscles or feet, and they always turn up at around the 2000 metre mark (even when only swimming 2000m). I have recently increased my total swim to 4000m or so.

However, I don't know why I get them, and how to avoid them, or why they are only in my lower legs.

A typical day will look like this:

AM: 60 mins static cycling

Sit at desk or in car

Lunch: 20 minute very brisk walk

Sit at desk or in car

PM: (all freestyle)
200m warm up
2 x 400m (200 kick, 200 pull)
8 x 400m swim
200m warm down

I drink about 3L of water a day and eat healthily. I don't get cramps at night, and I don't stretch?? I have recently started weights, but have had this problem before.

Any insights gratefully received as always.


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