All about the time I cramped out of a low speed race

by Mark Swartzendruber

I haven’t competed in a formal mass start human powered bicycle event since I withdrew from the Prairie State Cycling Series road race in Sharon, WI.  That was on Wednesday July 17, 2013.  I’d made a hard counter attack when a group that was off the front had been gathered in by a strung out peloton about 30 miles into the race.  I was joined by a very strong Michael Seguin and we put some serious time between us and the main field.  About 42 miles into the race, I had to apologize to Mike and drop out of the break because #mywitheredleg had given up and became inoperable with severe stress induced cramping.

Since that time, I’ve engaged in rigorous strengthening and stability and #mywitheredleg is no longer 40% less strong than its partner.  I’ve been able to regain strength and size in #mywitheredleg to the point that I feel comfortable doing races that require acceleration – or races that are not time trials.

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