I just got a spasm in my finger, and it made me remember the the most painful thing that had ever been caused by cycling.
I have been hit off my bike, ended up in theater and hospital for 4 days. I have ridden 70+ miles with horrible saddle sore. I have had the nose of the saddle pretty much all the way up my ass after a seatpin breakage. But none of those are as bad as the following.
I was pushing for a new 10 mile TT PB. Going hard, at the 2 mile point I was on track to beat my PB by 30 or so seconds. There was a small incline, so I got out of the saddle, and as soon as I did my left calf got a horrible spasm in it. I got a massive wobble but didn’t come off. I stopped as soon as I could, and then just laid down on the grass verge. I couldn’t bend my knee, or move my foot. I laid there for ~5 mins trying to get rid of it. I rubbed it, squeezed it and even hit it. Nothing stopped it. I had about 5 mins of pain, laying down at the side of a quiet country road. As soon as it had gone, I did some stretches then got on my bike to take it slowly back home.