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Race Recovery - Swiss Natural Microlactin

Posted Jun 19 2012 12:00am

Recovery time is a concern for most people who do endurance sports.  My concern does not come from a desire to win my next race.  My concern is simply being able to function after doing a marathon, half Ironman or Ironman event.  Will I be able to walk the next day, drive myself home from the race location, and go to work the next day?

So, when I was contacted by Swiss Natural  back in April and asked to test a product that claimed to increase recovery time and reduce inflammation, I was eager to give it a try.

Microlactin claims:

Clinically proven to significantly improve pain and stiffness associated with everyday activities in individuals suffering from osteoarthritis.  Proven to provide significant improvement in joint symptoms in as little as 2 weeks. It has provided a significant reduction in pain and stiffness in 9 or 10 patients. How it works: Microlactin contains Milk Proteins It effectively supports the body's natural anti-inflammatory system It is free from artificial flavours, colours, preservatives, sweeteners, corn, soy, gluten, wheat and yeast.
I received a bottle (120 capsules) and started taking them 2 weeks before the Oliver Half Ironman.  I have no problem swallowing pills, but I did find taking 4 capsules 2x per day a bit much.  

I don't suffer from osteoarthritis but it claimed to reduce inflammation which aids in recovery after strenuous exercise. 

During the 2 weeks I noticed a decrease in my recovery time between my cycling and running workouts.  I was feeling great going into the event, but the real test was how I would feel after the Half Ironman.  Although my muscles were stiff right after the event, I was surprised how good I felt.  Even the next day when I had to drive home from Oliver (4 hour drive) my muscles felt almost completely recovered.  Within 2 days after the event I was running and cycling as if I had not done the race a few days prior.

Now, I could attribute this to better race prep and training but I am not convinced.  Going into Oliver I was confident about my swim and bike but not about my running.  Given the stress that running puts on your body and the ease of recovery, I have to think the Microlactin had a positive effect.

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