2005 Fuji Roubaix, 2005 Cervelo P3 SL, Union Freetime, 2006 Look 585 Record
I'm new at this and began training recently. I now ride to work (59 miles round trip) three times a week. Last Friday, I was in a rush to leave and forgot breakfast. No big deal except that I forgot my wallet as well (no lunch) bummer. I was well hydrated but suffered at the end of the ride and felt miserable all day and was sore. The next ride on Monday, I sucked one gel per ride (1 hour and 45 minutes each way) and hit a newly purchased Powerbar Recovery drink (orange flavor). I felt like a million bucks and was ready to go the next morning. I know it's not only because of the recovery drink (gels helped too) but I am sold on the product for now. I found it on sale so it wasn't so expensive. Hope this helps.
On another note, I've been trying to come up with a recovery drink that I can make "on the road", away from technology like refrigerators, blenders, fresh fruit, etc. I want a powdered mix that's easy to carry, mix in a bottle, and that tastes good. The commercial recovery drinks taste awful, IMO.
I've tried whey protein and maltodextrin powder, but they have little flavor by themselves. I want something powdered that I can add to the mix to make it taste better.
To that end, I ordered some powdered flavorings from Nature's Flavors, some banana, orange, lime, and pear flavors (these are the fruits I usually throw in my blender). I'll give it a try and report the taste test results.
Does anyone have favorite things you like to throw into your blender?
I don't know about improved muscle growth and development. With respect to cycling, some authorities claim 4:1 carb : protein speeds recovery. I guess that indirectly promotes muscular growth & development.
In any case, like everything else dealing with nutrition... stay tuned. Very roughly paraphrasing the comments in the training column in the most recent VeloNews, 'there's no solid proof that protein aids recovery, but it doesn't seem to hurt, so why not go for it.' And you can always brew your own using the recipe from Friel's Cyclist's Training Bible which, if memory serves, is 4 or 5 tablespoons sugar to 12 oz. skim milk.
Litespeed Liege, Motorola Team Issue Eddy Mercxk, Surly Crosscheck Cyclocross bike, Fisher Supercaliber Mtn. Bike
I will 2nd the Powerbar Recovery.. I used to use Endurox for after ride drink but the Powerbar recovery seems to work better for me.. If you sweat a lot this stuff work wonders.. I still prefer Accelerade for my drink during rides..