Started taking creatine almost 2 weeks ago, just for kicks, to see if it would have any benefits. Averaging 4 capsules a day (2.5 grams of creatine monohydrate per pill) for a total of 10 grams a day. Suggested dose is 6 caps a day, 2 with every meal. I’m listening to episode 141 right now where I think they throw shade on creatine but haven’t gotten to that part yet but will update this once I’ve finished the episode. I’ve also increased my protein consumption by 50 grams via ON Whey protein powder. I rarely eat meat.
Around the time I started popping these pills my legs started to pump up and burn out on anything a hair above ftp. Even during the trainer warmups. 2 minutes at around FTP during the warmup and I’m throbbing. Riding below that is fine. No problem.
I’ve been doing TR since August (SSB mid vol and almost done with ShortPowerBuild mid) and my legs have NEVER pumped up, not even during my FTP tests. My form will crumble and my pedal stroke gets chunky with my legs almost seizing up at failure during the ftp test but never pump up prematurely and burn out. Again, this is happening during the warmup for trainer rides. I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t want to stop taking it because I think it’s too soon to bail on the test. I’d like to try it for at least a month before bailing.
I took 2 days rest and then I bailed out of a ride last night half way through in favor of more rest because my quads were roasted despite having done much harder workouts in the recent past.
I got a cold a few days ago so maybe it’s that but that is pretty much gone, energy level is good, just some congestion now.
I also thought it may be the move from virtual power to a stages crank but I turned off the stages and it was the same result. I couldn’t hold the watts without my quads pumping up.
- Have you had a similar experience?
- Would you say you lean more towards slow twitch or fast twitch? Are you skinny or buff?
- What side effects did you experience?
- Is there a correlation between creatine and fast/slow twitch muscle fibers.
- Is it the creatine that’s causing this mess?
I’ve had 2 leg cramps in my entire life and they were decades ago. I felt one coming on last night when I twisted around in bed to grab my phone. I don’t sweat much at all. I was a horrible sprinter (running) and I never needed to really sprint on the bike. I’m pretty thin and maybe have close to zero fast twitch. I haven’t been outside for a ride in 2 months and I’m wondering if I’ve just now finally lost all of my VO2 gumption.
Or are my shorts too tight? I did get a new pair recently.
39 years old, 323 ftp, 160 lbs, 72.6kg, 4.45 w/kg averaging 400-500 TSS per week, 5 days on for around 6 hours.
Been riding for 20 years off and on but more on than off. 99% off road.