What kind of creatine? Taurine Dose?
Is everyone using these days. The normal Monohydrate always seems to give me GI problems. TrueProtein has several different kinds listed. I remember Creatine Ethyl Ester being the fad for a while. Anyone that can explain all the differences?
Creatine Ethyl Ester HCL
Also, what dosages of Taurine are you guys using to prevent excessive pumps during endurance work?
I used taurine 500 mg 2x per day while on a VAR cycle of 50 mg per day. That dose mitigated pumps for me while weight lifting. At the tail end of my VAR cycle I started base miles on my bike, and my legs felt slow and heavy. VAR hasn't worked well for me during the riding season and I don't recommend trying it for that purpose. I've read that if you're getting pumps it can be caused by water weight gain from steriods. Using an aromatase inhibitor could help too. I used micronized creatine monohydrate while on VAR at 10 mg per day. I've never used it on a long term basis during the bike racing season. I've read that the body develops a tolerance to creatine, so it loses it's effect when used long term, and thus should be cycled. I have used creatine loading for 4-5 days prior to bike races, which is supposed to give a small increase in power output. I've found my legs feel better a few days after the loading and race are over, than they do on race day when I've done creatine loading.
I'd like to hear if any of the bike racers on this forum are using creatine and have had better luck with it than I have.
Unless you want to pick up water weight I would avoid the mono... yes I did gain some power but only because I had a couple extra pounds of water... mono has its place but I think its only in regards to testing, or powerlifting type events (leverage)... I have used the buffer creatine (kre-alyklyn) with less noticable results... in another creatine thread it sounded like Creatine Ethyl Ester was the best beat for endurance athletes using creatine... what I'd be really interested to try is Citrulline Malate which has a similar result but is supposed to be more consistent where creatine is supposed to surge...
I haven't used creatine all season... and don't really feel like I'm missing anything, IMO there are better places to invest your money...