clintpatty wrote:I'm considering some cordyceps and rhodiola and maybe maca to help me ride faster. I rode like 750 miles last month and 580ish so far this month for transportation, so I would save a decent bit of time when I'm not on a scenic ride. Also, there is mounting evidence that beta-alanine is good for cyclists.
I've been taking Rhodiola as well, a Swedish brand called Arctic Root. But it has so darn many "added ingredients" that I really can't get comfortable with it (shellac, made from insects, etc). I've also tried Jarrow, and the best I got from that one was a headache. There's a new Vegan Rhodiola on the market which is very good. It's called MIND BODY & SPIRIT and it has nothing but the Siberian Rhodiola and even the capsule is made entirely from plant chlorophyll (its green!. I like it better than the Arctic Root.
I've found that Rhodiola is best dosed on a 2-3 times a day basis, as opposed to taking the two caps (or whatever for your brand) in the AM or right before a ride or workout. It's more of a daily tonic for my family. We get a huge boost in positive thinking out of it too (have you noticed the great mood uplift from yours?? - this "MBS" is really uplifting).
Anyway, thought I'd add a comment that we found it works better spread out as opposed to a big dose before a workout. Thanks, J.