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Old 07-21-07, 11:44 PM   #1
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Caffeine - Kicking the Habit

I realized for 3 years that I was essentially a caffeine addict. Many times I believed it helped my performance but then I felt it didnt because of the crashing effects I would get if I didnt consume enough caffeine. Then one day I quit completely, no caffeine for over one year. However, the last 4 months I have been hitting it kinda hard. Now, lol, I am kicking it again and havent had any for 5 days. Man, this sucks......
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Old 07-21-07, 11:56 PM   #2
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Good job, mate. Caffeine is a nice little drug for occasional use. Getting sucked into its cycle of building up tolerance, using it more, getting addicted while gleaning less of its benefits and more of its side effects... that's just bad mojo.
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Old 07-22-07, 04:14 AM   #3
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It's advised to reduce caffeine consumption slowly to avoid the withdrawl symptoms. I've done it that way several times and it wasn't too bad. It's too easy to get addicted again.

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Old 07-22-07, 04:47 AM   #4
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tough to be a bike racer and not love the odd latte.

after 5-7 days, you'll feel much better....stick with it.
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Nobody answered my AMP thread, so...

Dear jesus! I'm a drug addict!

Mountain Dew Code Red and AMP are the only sodas/energy drinks I like. If its not that (usually can't get it in time for the rides, and I guess thats a good thing), then I drink propel or water.

I notice a change in my climbing performance when I eat more protein... Calcium is always good too. Nobody wants a broken bone.

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Old 07-22-07, 06:31 AM   #6
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I switched to decaf a year or so ago and it's been great! No more jitters, and I don't miss it a bit. And we always buy only decaf diet pepsi.
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I switched to decaf beans 10 years ago. I keep a small container of regular beans just for those times I *need* a pick-me-up. I also find that a large cup of caffeinated coffee an hour or so before a ride makes me feel a lot stronger in the early part of a ride when I'm otherwise dragging butt.
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Going to half decaf coffee was unnoticeable for me. Then I just stopped drinking it. Colas are so terrible for you -each as bad as the otherbtw- that I can avoid those with little effort.
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I went to half decafe, drank twice as much.
Net result was having to go to the bathroom more often.
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I enjoy coffee and haven't noticed an impact on training one way or the other. The flavor and aroma of fresh coffee is wonderful.
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I'm at about a half a cup of coffee a day. Helps with the exertion headaches.
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coffee=

Though I try to go for a few weeks a few times a year without it---for my morale, and to make the boost more effective.

Grad school, full time employment, family, working out make it difficult to part ways for more than just a few weeks, though.
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Save the coffee for when you have races and tough events. Its effects will be most potent then.
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Save the coffee for when you have races and tough events. Its effects will be most potent then.
+1 danno is always right.

On day 5 your headaches should be letting up. I still drink one Straight up solid Mountain Dew per day. Man, I love those things. In a can of course.
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Save the coffee for when you have races and tough events. Its effects will be most potent then.
Of course you are right, but I just don't have that level of willpower. I still need a vice, or two (ah, or three)!!!

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My doc made me reduce my caffeine after I had a panic attack earlier in the year. I didn't realize how much I was taking in --- at least 5 or 6 caffeinated drinks (coffee, soda, tea) a day, even drinking coffee well into the evening. Now I only drink one cup of half caf coffee in the morning and one soda in the early afternoon (I can't seem to shake that one, even though I know I should). Everything else is decaf all the way, and I started drinking a lot more water.

Let me just say that withdrawal was worse than I ever thought it would be. For 2 weeks I felt like pure hell---constant headaches and lethargy. It's a drug, no doubt...
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my biggest problem wasn't kicking it with coffee...it's just that every drink for exercise (besides water) have some caffiene in it. Almost all of the gels do and you need the sugar from them...at least i think you do as i use them about every 40-60 minutes on long rides. Either way congrats...the headaches go away after about 4-5 days...after that i fell well.
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It's advised to reduce caffeine consumption slowly to avoid the withdrawl symptoms. I've done it that way several times and it wasn't too bad. It's too easy to get addicted again.

Al

I quit cold turkey (for just a few days) and had the worst withdrawal symptoms from such an available drug I could imagine. I felt more impaired than if I'd been up all night, and wasn't myself at all. Caffeine really is something you should really reduce slowly.
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