Most people that know me are aware that I don’t usually eat or drink anything with caffeine. I’ve never been a coffee drinker and I had my last soft drink in 1991. I do this for two reasons:
- For whatever reason, I’m really sensitive to caffeine and I don’t like the jittery feeling it gives me.
- I’ve read a lot of health-related books and almost all of them say caffeine is a big no-no (despite recent press to the contrary).
But when I started cycling, I tried Clif Shot Bloks , some of which have 50mg of caffeine per 3 bloks (by comparison, a can of Coke Classic contains 34mg). Sometimes these things provide a much needed boost and keep me from suffering on a ride.
Take this morning, for example. My alarm clock went off at 5:50. But I was way too tired, so I turned it off and went back to sleep. But then I woke up at 6:15 and felt a little better, so I decided to get up and hit the road. I still felt a little slugglish, so I ate 2 blocks when I got started and one more about an hour later. I ended up having a solid 37 mile ride.
So I’m breaking my own rule in the name of sports performance, but hey, at least Shot Bloks are 95% organic and the caffeine comes from green tea ;-)