Because of this, I am going to start a performance review of sponsor (and non sponsor) products that should occur biweekly.
As a member of the PowerBar Team Elite, I have been graciously allotted product from this awesome company. Some of the kit I have received is incredible, including bike clothing, bags, and more, but really the most helpful has been all the nutritional aid from pre workout, during workout, and post workout recovery.
My before workout depends on the time of day, but for a morning workout, I like to try and have a regular PowerBar or some PowerBar Blasts. This gives me the calories (and caffeine in the case of the Cola Blasts) to get through the workout, but not too much so I have to fight my stomach. When digesting food, blood has to rush to your gut to digest, so the more complex the foods, the more blood needs to go there. If you add in working out, then there is a competition for blood between your muscles and your gut, thus creating the stomach ache.
After a workout, it's important to combine carbohydrates and protein within 15 minutes of completion to maximize fuel absorption.
I am a big fan of PowerBar restore drink mix as well as the cookies and cream recovery bars (something that I had not seen until I was sponsored by PowerBar,
but now everybody I know has tried them and loves them.
I look foward to another year of racing with PowerBar products and hope you have enjoyed the ones that I use daily in training and recovery. Happy Training.