After a ride and some oh so good Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock this weekend I headed over to Bicycling to get the yin to my yang. My self amusement of people who take things too seriously and contradictory information was the main stimulus behind starting this blog many moons ago. Sometimes I feel the need to go and view the train wreck so I can get all caught up in a bunch. At times I feel like I've deviated from this course, but what good is an epic ride, or long strange trip, without a little exploration?
I started out with the Fit Chick, because honestly I haven't decided on her yet. On the one hand the uber-seriousness and seemingly no fun at all costs is everything I am against. Yet, the fact that she responds to all of her comments and seems very encouraging and genuine has a seductive charm. I can't help but to think I'd enjoy having a wheat grass shot with her before going on an easy recovery ride which turned in to me gasping for air, puking my lungs out, faking a ride-ending mechanical and standing on the side of the road begging any rider that gazed upon my wretched existence for some Accelerade. My soul would be lost with a sip of the Accelerade, exiled to wander the earth aimlessly on a Cervelo in time trial position. For this reason I know I must never ride with the Fit Chick lest I be tempted by the Accelerade.
The latest blog had the supplements she takes. Selene later went on to clarify that she doesn't take them every day and her day isn't ruined if she doesn't take them, but it just makes the lemming wonder how many newbs read the blog and started formulating their own diabolical plan of what they must take if they want to finish the local MS150 this year. The list went as follows:
Optygen HP - $74.99 (30 servings)
SportLegs - $26.99 (40 -3 capsule servings)
MultiV - $49.99 (30 servings)
Muscle Armor - $89.99 (30 servings)
Phosphagen Elite - $59.95 (20 servings)
Ultragen - $44.99 (15 servings)
That's a lot of supplements, and a lot of cash, nearly $400 a month. Being a writer for Bicycling has its perks, she mentioned that she doesn't pay for most of them. I remember as I was getting started riding, one person would mention a supplement and everyone else thought they had to have them. We were fortunate in having an older mentor who told us to forget about all of that and ride our bikes, a lot.
Selene rides her bike, a lot, and she does other activities, a lot. It's certainly justified that she supplements her probably already stellar diet with a little extra. And to be honest, if any of that "engineered nutrition" were thrown at me for free I'd probably wolf it down like a hungry dog, hoping to become some sort of super cyborg cyclist who felt no pain and snapped crankarms as if they were the bones of my feeble competitors.
My hope is that no Bicycling newb reads the post and believes that she needs to fill her water bottle with some sort of sports drink for an hour ride, and then down a 60g of sugar, 320 calorie recovery drink immediately after, because she doesn't need to, in fact, she shouldn't.
I would be interested in knowing what supplements Selene would believe in enough that she would still take if she had to shell out her own money for them each month... Selene?
The joys of open source®©™, part toomany - This last week I decided I’d shove my rpm reader/generator up to a new fractional release by tweaking the makepkg binary to generate rpm v3 format packag...
3 hours ago