I know I've been told a few times about fatigue, to just ride it out and eventually my stamina will build. I have been riding on and off (unsteadily) for 3 to 4 months now and it has gotten better, but mildly because I havent been consistent in my riding. That being said, Everyone says dont worry about energy drinks (Which I agree with), or protien bars or anything like that for energy on a ride, just ride and be consistent! Especially when my ride home isnt that long. (6 miles, all flat rodes, bike path in the middle of my city.) When I have ridden, usually I do ok in the morning, about 35 - 40 minutes to get to work, then in the afternoon ride home I bomb out with no energy whatsoever, struggling to get home @ about 55 minutes.
I have tried monster energy drinks, (in the past, not currently for energy to ride) and all they have done is upset my stomach, and not given me any energy at all. Pretty much thats what all of them do. My nephew told me to try a rockstar recovery (the yellow one) cuz we were hanging out and I was tired, falling asleep. I tried it reluctantly, knowing that they have never done anything for me, but this one actually did, no jittery cracked out feeling, just energy to stay up and hang out. (im talking waking up at 6 in the morning to go to work, working a full 8 hour day, alot of business after work to take care of, then start hanging out at 11 pm. (I stayed up till 4 am that night playing monopoly, having to go to work the next day at 7 am.)
When it comes to calories and sugar, a 16 oz. rockstar has only 20 calories and 2 grams of sugar. So without knowing every thing else, nutrition wise, it seems ok to drink.
I drank one yesterday before I rode home, to see if it would help and it did! I got home in 40 minutes. My legs were giving out on me near the end of the trip, but I got home, and still had energy to continue the night, and I wasnt extremely exhausted.
I know everyone says to stay away from energy drinks and just build your stamina, but this one doesnt seem to be a bad one, with lots of caffiene (that might be what isnt too good for me, but I usually drink coffee in the morning anyways) B-vitamins, Taurine, Ginseng, Milk thistle, Prickly Pear extract, and all kinds of other additives in it, that from what I know, arent too bad.
It seems to work for me, granted I think I am going to limit myself to only 3 a week, on the days where I ride home from work, but Im just curious at other people's input on this.