It is a constant search … the perfect post ride/run/swim refreshment. One that hits that sweet spot between replenishing your energy stores but not to the point where you ruin everything you just spent 60 miles of biking trying to fix.
My go to after long bike rides had always been a Starbucks Iced Coffee. I know it’s not the best thing in the world for you, especially with cream in it, but for some reason it always hit the spot after a long, hot ride. There is a store right across from the Suncoast entrance so it was convenient, and had a drive through if you didn’t have time to hang out. It was like a perfect storm of sorts.
But recently I have lost my taste for them. I still get one on occasion, but I was opting for plain water more than this at times. I have found that even during a workout lately I have been shying away from the replenishment drinks like PowerAde and Gatorade, and instead been opting for plain water. Not sure why, other than sometimes the after taste of these sports drinks were a bit much, especially during the swim, and I have never really felt they did anything for me anyway, so why spend the money right?
A few weeks ago after a ride we went as usual to the Starbucks and I decided to try out one of their new drinks called a Refresher, choosing the Hibiscus flavor. This was DELICIOUS. Very light, not too sweet, and COLD. Went down very nicely and cooled me off almost immediately. There are two types available, the hibiscus and one called Cool Lime. I have tried them both and still prefer the latter, but Jenny remarked that the Lime variety tasted like a virgin margarita, so if that’s your style try it. I highly recommend giving these drinks a go at least once. See if you like them as much as I have. I wonder how they would do in my hydration system??
When I started training with TNT last season for the Disney Wine and Dine I took note of the differences between Triathletes and Runners when it came to recovery methods. A big difference I noticed was the use of chocolate milk as a recovery drink. A habit I have is when I get into an activity I start reading EVERYTHING I can get my hands on about that activity, so Runners World, Running Times, etc. started becoming a monthly reading habit. I started seeing article after article about the use of chocolate milk and it’s benefits. I have tried it. It tastes great after a run, especially when cold, but I haven’t felt any benefit from it. I guess it doesn’t hurt, or so many people would swear by it, but it did nothing for me. Just my two cents.
Another article I read was on dealing with the heat of summer. Now here in Florida Summer last 8 months of the year. It is not uncommon for us to be on the beach for Christmas, so I dove into this one quickly. One of their methods (it was actually a first person account) was to lower their core temperature BEFORE the run by drinking a 7-11 Slurpee. Now, I am a Slurpee lover from WAY back, and becasue of the weight issues I have been having I have not had a Slurpee in so long I cannot remember what they taste like. Only that they were delicious in my belly. This makes cognitive sense though. I will be trying this at some point.Let me end that by clarifying that I mean SLURPEES. Not ICEES. Not SLUSHIES. The only thing that works comes from 7-11.
So am I missing something that works for you? Please share it here if you would.