I am not a cyclist (well, not as a sport ... I have ridden bicycles on and off for transport during my life, e.g. 7km each way to the school bus daily through high school). I do want sprinting type power (more so than cyclists), I am however also concerned about carrying too much muscle mass, and not really into body building. So I've given a little bit of thought and experimentation to this so far, and can weigh in my 2c if it's not offensive to do so.
Herbsman wrote: read ... that creatine is invaluable for repeated bouts of high intensity exercise, e.g. when doing short but extremely hard anaerobic intervals .... I hate taking supplements but if I'm missing ... then surely it's a good idea to supplement?
I tend to believe this, however your benefit for cycling will be much more limited than the benefit for my purposes. Having been using the monohydrate form I am also interested to try or find out more about krealkalyn (and perhaps lose 1-2kg unnecessary water weight?). If I was a cyclist, I would not consider any other form, and probably not take it at all.
Herbsman wrote: I recently read that creatine is destroyed by cooking. I think it's pretty safe to forget about it.
I have heard the same thing, but I don't follow the logic. A lot of other nutrients are also destroyed by cooking. While I won't advocate a 100% raw diet, it seems to me like a reason to get a good dose of raw food in, or in this case, to consider the supplement, again, uncooked.
ha wrote: where does creatine come from?
Creatine supplements, I am pretty sure, come from a lab and, like taurine supplements, but unlike most Vitamin D3, without recourse to animal ingredients (it's cheaper to synthesize it without). Creatine is naturally occuring in animal flesh, including in the flesh of vegan humans, just not in quite as high a quantity as some of us would like.