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Got to a domestic professional level with only supplement being a flintstones vitamin, and that was just in case.
We have played with beta alanine, no indication from the power meter that it did anything.
We do recovery shakes this season after hard rides because we are hitting 20+ hour hard weeks.
Fitness isn't any better than last year when we didn't do that though, yet anyway.
Supplements generally aren't necessary or helpful, if you have a deficiency in something like iron, or vitamin D, etc, they can be important but normally are not
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I have seen a jump of over 20% in FTP and V02 max with my girl friend going from SF of 7 to over 50….this is not performance enhancing…just going from shit back to normal, SF (Iron) is heavily influenced by sweat rates. We take Palafer CF (16$ per month) which appears to work better than Flora (liquid veg supplement) or Hemoplex, every one is different though.
Also take magnesium in addition to other electro when going from a very cold to hot climate. Basically 6-8 bucks. perhaps just cheap insurance or a placebo.
Also take a fish oil, because we bought it for our dogs and makes their skin/hair appear to be better ;-0 Likely not doing much.
In terms of veggies, I do a beet and spinach smoothie every morning….my girlfriend calls it the dirt smoothie….but basically if you have a sub par diet then getting your veggies in early and with out thinking is easier.
Here is a great smoothie thread:
The biggest thing I would always find once taken immediately was the cool neon color of my urine.
Creatine does a great job in making me look bloated and chubby.
Caffeine helps with morning motivation (and intra-training endurance).
Beta Alinine does an awesome job at making my body feel like pins and needles and completely uncomfortable. The only thing that has ever given me an "edge" in training is certain pre-workout formulas (Largely consisting of tyrosine caffeine and other "natural" stimulants).. this is mainly from a mental motivation stand point (does not help when trying to do Heart Rate Zone workouts.... like I want to do a long Zone 1-2 endurance ride... not happening after a good hurts of stimulants and sadly the combo of meds the doc has me on for PTSD and depression. Heart Rate training is a difficult thing for me lately.
Dan John said this once and it sucks but it's true.. "If it works immediately it's illegal, if it works quickly it is about to be banned, and if it sounds too good to be true it is'.
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Creatine makes you gain weight and can increase your chance of cramping. It is a great product for power and strength athletes, but is probably one of the last supplements I would ever recommend for a triathlete.
Except for those in the 45-49 age group. It is perfect for them. :)
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I'd suggest you follow Jack's lead and rather buying unproven supplements, you spend the money on your kids or a nice dinner with your husband.
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1. Calories: Am I eating enough throughout the day?
2. Macronutrients: Am I eating the enough protein, carbs and fat?
3. Micronutrients: Am I at least hitting my RDA's of vitamins and minerals?
Supplements can help you reach your goal but if you have no idea what you are supplementing chances are you are wasting money.
However, I wouldn't go so far as to say anything as an absolute. I have at one point in my life used creatine and saw noteworthy improvements in both Speed and relative Endurance.
On my second deployment I was weight training and running while using two products. One called Nitrix by BSN and the other was Creatine Ethyl-ester (CEE) (I don't remember the brand). CEE at the time was being marketed as "the perfect Creatine" as it did not require loading and did not bloat the user.
In a group of six guys I came from falling out of the runs to beating everyone. My 2 mile run time dropped from the low 14s (approximately 14:15-ish) to 12:50. My 5 mile run time went from 48 minutes to 32 minutes... and my lifts went up.
My body composition also changed for the better.
The comparison to everyone in the group was as I said very noteworthy and noticeable by all. We all naturally got stronger and faster, but it was my ability to surpass the group from such a poor starting point to beating them in the end that was really noticeable.
We were also going out almost every night rolling up shit heads (9 nights out of 10). This always included a lengthy deliberately slow walk in the open desert with anywhere between 35-90lbs of gear (dependent on your position). I remember one specific night we had a 10k infil walk after being dropped off by helicopter in the middle of the desert. I was carrying a steel ladder, a skedco (a body sled that rolls up and is in its own back length bag) and breaching tools (bolt cutters and a hooligan tool). I was carrying about 90lbs that night . Our exfil was much less after being on target for about 5-6 hours.. walking out of the city just out of small arms range about 3k from the target.
It should be said that this DID occur in the proverbial vacuum as my fitness could easily be considered flatlined at the start as I had spent two months prior to this in Baghdad, doing no training whatsoever as the optempo was extremely high. We drove during that period so Endurance was shit as well.
This all could have been very much attributed to the placebo effect and what bro science calls "newbie" gains.
The improvement in myself discussed above occurred over the span of about 2 1/2 months.
Granted this scenario does not describe the type of speed and endurance one needs for competitive triathlon (beyond sprint distance) whatsoever. I still thought it to be somewhat applicable.
I believe that too many people think creatine will dehydrate you, thus causing some type of cramping. This happens when the individual is not drinking enough water throughout the day (just as individuals who aren't using Creatine). This also happens extremely when you have an athlete taking creatine and doing nothing but weight training for weeks and weeks... then one day decides to go for a run and bows out at the 600 meter mark..cussing creatine.
I largely think it's how one trains while on any supplement to see specific increases (if any) and not magically think that taking something and bench pressing everyday will lead to increased Triathlon performance.
I do want to say that I wouldn't recommend Creatine as a supplement to an Olympic distance and above Triathlete with podium dreams (especially with a Kona taste in their mouth). It maybe beneficial if one only trains only for Sprint Tris... but that still is an endurance effort and I use the word maybe very specifically. I only use this story as an example for discussions sake and not as a fool proof example of the benfits of Creatine.
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