For intensive training, I am careful to eat properly on the bike, recover properly, and to get adequate protein. This is very hard to do with regular food only. Yes, I eat a lot of regular food, but by itself that’s not so practical for intensive training.
My most-used products are:
- Hammer Whey Protein Isolate — I frequently do not have the time to cook chicken or grill a steak or fish, so the whey protein isolate helps me ensure adequate protein intake of very high quality, and furthermore it does not require digestion to be quickly available. On busy days, I might take a scoop as part of breakfast, another scoop in late morning, and one scoop before bed. I believe this has helped support muscle gain.
- Hammer Recoverite — two scoops (170 calories) after a workout, following 20-30 minutes later with regular food.
- Hammer Perpetuem Solids — these dry tablets have really grown on me; I like the fact that there is some protein, that they are discrete so I can know and choose how many calories to take in at once (a gel packet gives no option there). They are useless in intensive efforts (races) because they have to be chewed, but I like them a lot for training.
- Hammer gel — not my favorite flavor or packets (I prefer the Gu flavors in packets), BUT Hammer Gel is available in bulk bottles (cheaper per serving) and I use it in a 5 or 8 serving SoftFlask, which one can suck on while descending without using hands. Very handy for longer rides, with no messy packets to tear open and stow.
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