Originally Posted by SteveE
The first day of skiing only, shortly after lunch the muscles outside my shin bones will cramp up, ending my first day short. Is there something I can do, in training, in prep, or on the slopes to prevent/help this problem?
Oooh, this was happening to me, too, and usually after lunch. It's horrible, isn't it. And no one could tell me why. (I asked here, too, and even my bootfitter sounded puzzled.) Be glad it is just your first day, though ... I was having it most days after lunch. It generally went away, as I skied longer and just grit my teeth for a while. It happened once in the morning last spring, though, after riding the long gondola at Whistler/BC (again, after a period of inactivity, just like lunch).
It stopped after I started buckling my instep buckle. When my boots were new and very tight, I couldn't even buckle that buckle due to my high instep. Liners packed out eventually, and I noticed I could buckle that buckle. That seemed to stop the cramping.
I don't really know if the correlation was causal or not, though. It appeared to have something to do with dorsiflexion (all I know is I wanted nothing more than to take my feet out of my boots and point my toes, to relax that muscle). And apparently something to do with skiing, then not skiing, then skiing again.
This year I have new liners (same boots), and I can't buckle that buckle again, but I haven't had that issue yet.