I use some Hammer Nutrition products and was wondering if their Recoverite drink mix is as good as, worse than, or better than drinking plain old chocolate milk.
I live in a semi-rural county ... hilly ... and almost always ride alone since I don't know anyone who rides at my pace or my distances. Because I ride alone, I don't pace myself well and often tend to ride all-out but I'm no young speedster, that's for sure. I ride 3-4 times a week and do long brisk walks the other days. My shorter rides (2 days per week) tend to be in the 25-ish mile range and typically at somewhat slower speeds. My longer rides (1 or 2 days per week) tend to be in the 35-45 mile range and my average speed is usually in the mid 17 mph to low 18 mph average. I'm not getting any younger (62) and am led to believe that I should be drinking a post-ride recovery drink of some sort. Because I use other Hammer products, I've been drinking their Recoverite sometimes. At other times, I've just been drinking chocolate milk. Hammer would have me believe their recovery drink is the best thing I can drink whereas the milk producers of this country would have me believe chocolate milk is better. Admittedly, I've been switching between the two and I may need to give one or the other a more prolonged "trial" to get all the presumed benefits. Chocolate milk is definitely cheaper but I'm not opposed to buying Recoverite if it's really that much better.
I'd appreciate others' thoughts and stories.