Nutrition & Recovery

CEP & PRO Compression Socks

CEPProgressiveMerino.WEBProCompression.WEBI’ve become a big fan of compression socks both for on the bike and for recovery. I wore my compression socks on both trail and road rides. To my surprise, they kept my legs feeling fresh and reduced fatigue. My legs never felt “heavy,” nor did I experience any cramps. The socks also worked well when I’d go for long walks/hikes, keeping swelling down and legs feeling fresh, not heavy. After a hard workout at the gym or a long ride, I’d put on the compression socks for a few hours. I truly felt that my legs recovered faster and I was fresher for the next day’s ride.

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Rolflex

RolFlex.WEBUpon initial inspection, the Rolflex looks like a fairly complicated contraption with a few too many moving parts. But after reading the included user’s manual and watching the company's YouTube videos, this design really makes a lot of sense. In fact, it made more and more sense the more I used it – so much so that I stopped and re-started this review several times because I discovered yet another exercise and a whole new way of using this very versatile trigger point (TrP) release tool.

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CLIF Organic Energy Food

Clif Organic, Pizza Margherita.web I got a package recently that was most intriguing. It wasn’t just another variation on a theme, but rather an outside-the-box approach from CLIF. The line is called CLIF Organic Energy Food, and each package is certified USDA organic, and gluten free. They’re designed to be consumed during activity, much like a gel, with a screw cap on top and a wide-straw-like opening from which to sip or slurp the product.

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Tailwind Nutrition Endurance Fuel

Tailwind Large Orange.web Could I have ridden for 7 or 8 hours on Tailwind alone? On the few occasions I rode long solely on Tailwind, it worked fine. I didn't experience the spikes and deep valleys of energy that occur when nutrition is sketchy. It's a tribute to Tailwind that it worked as well in a lighter concentration combined with food as it did when mixed "thicker" and used by itself. Highly recommended!

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GoFit Massage Bar, Roller; Rumbleroller

gofit massage roller3.WEBIf you are active and train, you risk overtraining, which can lead to tight, sore muscles. Training can also lead to knots, as well as scar tissue, in muscles. This is why a massage regimen is so important. But professional massages can get expensive, which makes high quality self-massage a good option. The bars and rollers tested hit the trigger points differently, and you'll likely have a personal preference based on how they are used, what your pain tolerance is, whether you're looking for a portable solution, etc.

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Infinit Nutrition

Infinit Nutrition Single Package.WEBDespite the expense, I found one strong argument in favor of using Inifinit to fulfill my nutrition needs. You have to drink while riding, no matter what. Every time I drink when using Infinit, I’m also taking in my nutrition, not just hydration. This results in a more steady intake of calories during my rides, and I never end up running low – which I would sometimes do when drinking and eating separately.

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ProBar Bolt Organic Energy Chews

Pro Bar BOLT raspberry.web I've been using ProBar Bolt organic energy chews for much of the summer. That's right: Like its other tasty bars, ProBar's energy chews are USDA-certified organic. And, like its other products, these chews are pretty tasty as well. I've tried all four flavors:  Orange, Strawberry, Raspberry and Berry Blast. All are fruity, tangy and easy to chew and swallow on the move.
 

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Zensah Compression Socks, Leg Sleeves

I wore the sleeves after every day's ride on the California Coast Classic. They really seemed to help keep my legs feeling fresh. It's not a ton of miles, but averaging a metric century every day for 8 straight days, with a lot of climbing, does have a cumulative effect on the body. My knees, especially, feel tired after most hard rides. The leg sleeves did the trick. I started every day feeling ready to ride, never experiencing that leaden legs feeling that sometimes occurs.

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Endurox R4 Recovery Drink

You get older, you recover slower. That's probably not news if you're in your 50s or older. In fact, at this point in our cycling lives, slower recovery seems to be the main downside to aging. We can still ride pretty fast and pretty far. It just takes more time before we can do it again.

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Honey Stinger Waffle

The Honey Stinger Waffle is tasty and easy to chew. It's lighter in calories and stomach-feel than a typical energy bar. It's nutritious in the sense that all ingredients are organic, but the recipe does not provide protein while having a relatively high 3 grams of saturated fat. Because the wrapper is hard to open and the Waffle can crumble, this is a food that might best be enjoyed during stops than while on the roll.

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Moji Knee Cold Compression Wrap

Moji Knee WrapI've been using the Moji for a month on a left knee that has had 3 surgeries for cartilage damage (not cycling-related). The knee pains me mildly much of the time. It's degenerating into the dreaded bone-on-bone condition that may eventually mean around-the-clock pain that only a knee replacement can end.

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