This article was originally published in the Nov./Dec. 2013 issue of Inside Triathlon magazine.
Clif Shot Protein Recovery Drink Mix Clif’s first ever recovery drink, the new Clif Shot Protein Recovery Drink Mix, impressed. Made with 70 percent organic ingredients, each serving contains 10 grams of whey protein and casein. It’s available in two tasty flavors (orange mango and chocolate) and two package sizes (single-serve packets or stand-up pouches). FlapJacked Protein Pancakes When you just can’t stomach another protein bar or drink, FlapJacked Protein Pancakes make a great recovery meal after your morning workout (and your kids will eat them, too!). The three flavors — cinnamon apple, banana hazelnut and buttermilk — are made with natural ingredients such as quinoa and whole oats, and contain 15–17 grams of whey protein per serving. CEP Pro Tights Inspired by CEP’s completely custom Clone Tights, the CEP Pro Tights are a more affordable yet well-fitting compression option. They’re easy to put on and toeless, and they’re made with a very breathable knit fabric so you can stay comfortable while flushing out your lactic acid. Rad Roller The Rad Roller is a nifty new portable massage tool that’s designed to release tension specifically in the back and neck — it’s made to help create range of motion along the spine without putting pressure on the spinous process. It’s also great for maintaining soft muscle tissue throughout the body. Craig Alexander Three-time Ironman world champion Craig “Crowie” Alexander has instituted some clever recovery methods into his pre-Kona training, including using an ice vest and ice hat after hot workouts so that his body returns to normal temperature more rapidly. Osmo Acute Recovery For Women Attention, ladies: Osmo Nutrition recently launched a line of women-specific products built on the premise that “women are not small men” (and thus have their own nutrition needs). The line includes Osmo Acute Recovery For Women, which has 15 grams of slow- and fast-release protein, plus amino acids to promote muscle repair and glucose to speed glycogen replenishment. Enduro Bites Made with a list of all-natural gluten-free ingredients you can pronounce, Enduro Bites are a welcome change to the world of over-processed nutrition bars. Available in two flavors — fig and dark chocolate, and dark chocolate espresso — these bite-sized nuggets taste like real food and contain carbs and protein to keep you going.