I’d just spent a glorious sunny day cycling through the Surrey Hills. But I was utterly spent. The plan was to get on a train back into London, making the return journey of the train I caught out that morning to avoid spending time and energy cycling on the dirty city roads. So I went direct to the station, only to suddenly realise I was more than likely going to suffer the next day if I didn’t take on some food or drink to help my muscles recover. And I needed it within that critical 20 minute period.
Alas, the newsagent at Dorking station is no sports drink specialist... and then I remembered... something about milk? Was it chocolate milk? Yes! Problem solved.
I went back home and googled it just for peace of mind and future reference. It turns out that previous academic studies have shown that milk, and chocolate milk in particular, provides a perfect combination of carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals to aid recovery from exercise. Leaving you ready for more of the same. As an example, here’s a quote from an Australian medical website:
This result supports other studies that show that chocolate milk is a good way to recover ... Karp and colleagues (2006) showed that endurance cyclists could ride for longer periods on chocolate milk when compared with other recovery beverages. Thomas and others (2009) showed that chocolate milk was significantly better at improving time to exhaustion in elite cyclists than other recovery beverages one of which was a carbohydrate and protein mixture.
There is a huge amount of investment made into cutting edge scientific, processed solutions for recovery drinks, yet these solutions seem to make only marginal gains over what mother nature has evolved to provide already: milk. What’s more, if its organic milk, then you’re onto an environmental winner and can sleep even more soundly at night. And milk is a hell of a lot cheaper too!
I feel good today, so it seems to have done the trick. I couldn’t help but imagine Cadel Evans drinking a tall glass of Australia’s favourite, Milo, after that day climbing the Alps before the final stage time trial... who knows, hey?
On Sunday just passed, 8 of us were pedalling furiously to complete the Wiggle Super Series no excuses sportive. A great event at 80 or 45 miles long and with some money going to NSPCCC. Good day out, smiles all round as the spring sun reared its head!
We also used it trial and compare ethical and conventional energy products for energy impact, practicality, vfm and environmental credentials. We used a mixture of mule bar, pulsin, torq, science in sport and maxifuel between us over the ride. The results were very interesting, but the trial isn't over yet! We are now going to also trial them in a running context, as the practicality issues and energy needs are slightly different.
We'll share the results with you very soon and hopefully they will help you and others in choosing your energy products for the summer events ahead! We're pitching the story to Guardian bike blog and other channels.
Watch this space! In the mean time, here's a bit of entertainment. Impressively, 4 of us who took part in the Sunday cycle made it into the event video! Check out Andy, Sam, Patrick and I representing.... http://www.