Im going to start this blog by saying that I have always been a big believer in energy products.
I think that most of us feel if we dont have our powder in our drinks or our recovery drink we might just fade away into nothingness..
We need something to make up for that lack of natural talent :-(
If you are one of my followers on social media you will know that due to my busy schedule I have been struggling to get out on the bike and get the miles in.
About 2 months ago I was out with a very experienced racer who said its all a load of marketing hogwash.. "get yer diet right and you dont need to spend money on that crap" were pretty much his exact words.
When I got home I totted up how much I spend on energy & recovery products throughout a year and it was a bit of a shocker I have to say.
So as a little bit of an experiment for the last 2 months where my fitness has not been great I have rode with just water in my bottles and a pint of milk after a ride. One thing I did do though was have a high carb meal the night before usually containing pasta or rice.
On the few occasions I have got out on the bike I have been doing 50-60mile rides always pushing on.Thats not massive miles I know but considering my lack of time on the bike its enough.
I have to say I have not felt any different. I have not bonked once and every time when I have finished a ride I can certainly feel it in my legs. However after my pint of milk and a solid nutritious meal I wake up the next day feeling right as rain with no soreness in my legs at all.
Now im not suggesting that energy products have no merit, it looks like I may be doing London to Paris later this year which is 130miles a day for 3 days running and dont worry my bottles will be full of isotonic electrolytes and my pockets will be stuffed full of bars and gels..
All im saying is maybe we put to much emphasis on it and a good balanced diet is more than half the battle..