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Creatine Use(5 posts)

Creatine UseDiamondback
Jul 21, 2002 10:49 PM
I am interested if anyone has any comments on Creatine. I started using Creatine when I recently started riding again and I noticed a definite lack of soreness and quick recovery from hard days on the bike.I am taking about 5-6 grams per day and have been taking it for a solid two months now. I have not seen the so-called side effects i.e water retention, etc. Information is sketchy at best, so I would like to know if anyone has suffered any ill effects after prolonged use? I don't know if my dramatic increase endurance is the result of the Creatine or just me getting my fat butt back into shape, but I am having a great time and not suffering much. My current weekly mileage is about 150 miles a week. Thanks for any input.
re: Creatine UseDiamondback
Jul 21, 2002 11:37 PM
Sorry for the post and wasted space guys. I did a search on the discussions, (funny how that works) and found the info I was looking for. If you still want to comment, I appreciate all the info I can get.
re: Creatine UseClydeTri
Jul 22, 2002 3:59 AM
Last year the French version of the FDA put creatine on their list of "suspected carcinogens"...just passing along
Probably not a good idea for cyclists due to side effectsColnagoFE
Jul 22, 2002 6:04 AM
Better for recovery would be L-Glutamine. I've been using 4-5 grams 2x a day and it seems to help recovery quite a bit.
Probably not worth itDrPete
Jul 22, 2002 3:39 PM
I hate to say it, but what you're experiencing is likely a placebo effect. The way creatine is utilized by muscle is as a carrier for phosphate groups to make ATP, the fuel molecule. The problem is that the phosphate stored in creatine is depleted in 10-15 seconds of maximal effort. It's done a lot for weightlifters because it increases the initial burst of strength in lifting, which signals the body to build more muscle.

If all you're doing is riding and not doing high-impact resistance training, creatine probably isn't doing much for you except on a very short, very steep climb. Getting back on the bike and riding 150 a week will definitely cut back on the soreness. I congratulate you on the exercise, but I'm afraid the creatine isn't a big factor.

Good luck with the riding!