Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Northern Ilinois
Bikes: Kestral Sci200, Santana Sovereign tandem, Cannondale
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I have used frsplus in 2-3 race situations. In each race I went into serious attacks with absolutely minimal negative impact, recovered quite well after the attacks and had zero fatigue or soreness after the race. I should add that I hydrate with a 300 calorie drink/hour of racing. This helps keep energy up, but does little in the way of preventing soreness or stiffness after the race/workout.
In the first race where I used frsplus (only before the race) did an attack for about 2.5 miles with several laps to go just to see if I could get away (1 man had already broken away and ultimately took 1st place). There is no doubt in my mind that this breakaway would have been very debilitating later in the race without frsplus. The next morning the same group of racers did a 33 minute criterium. I used frsplus before this race also and suffered no noticeable consequences due to the prior day's race.
To Al.canoe, I would say that there is a lot of scientific evidence with respect to the damage of free radicals and the benefits of anti-oxidants to counter act that damage. Furthermore, the following was reported from a double blind study at Pepperdine University found:
"Exercise performance changes of 1-4% are significant and usually mean the difference between winning and losing. FRS Plus yielded a 3.1% improvement, which is impressive, especially in highly trained elite athletes," observes Holden S.H. MacRae, PhD, Principal Investigator and Professor of Sports Medicine at Pepperdine University.
There is more important background information on this topic at the above link.
One of my thoughts on frsplus is that it might be cheaper to just buy your own vitamin supplements and green tea, but getting sufficient quercetin before workouts from apples, grapes, onions, etc without the attendant digestive bulk could be problematic.
I suppose that to a serious athlete, $3.25 per day (for 2 servings) might be considered well worth the money for consumption over, say, 100-200 days per year. That is not much when compared to the costs of outfitting a high quality bike, plus cloths, race entrance fees, etc.