Did you ever see the movie “Alien”? Not “Alien vs. Predator” or “Alien Ressurection” or any of the other sequels (or even, I suppose, “Prometheseus”). The original “Alien”. The 1979 version.
If you did, you’ll remember the scene where the alien bursts out of some poor astronaut’s chest. In case you need a visual reminder, this picture should refresh your memory…
You may be wondering how on Earth this is going to relate to triathlon, but rest assured, it does.
After each and every time I go cycling, I feel like I have an alien living in my legs. More specifically, it lives in my calves.
For seemingly 30 minutes or so after every ride, my calves twitch. You can literally watch the muscles firing in weird random patterns. Literally as if there were an alien creature under there trying to find a way out. It doesn’t hurt at all (in fact, I can hardly feel it) – so these aren’t real “cramps”.
I did some research over the weekend (I consulted the All-Mighty….Google). Apparently, these micro-spasms could be caused by a couple of different things: I could be dehydrated (maybe), I could have too much caffeine in my system (more likely), or they could just be the result of muscle fatigue (even more likely).
The micro-spasms don’t bother me; they just look weird.
I keep waiting for some creature with sharp teeth and acid for blood to pop out of my calves.