Ahhhhh recovery drinks. The bane of my cycling existence. I think I’ve tried multiple kinds over the years, none of which were rememberable enough for me to recall their names. The only one I could say I used “regularly” (aka 5 times a year max) was chocolate milk. I remember for mountain bike nationals in 2014 I bought a case of Nesquik chocolate milk at Sam’s Club. The key was it didn’t need to be refrigerated (!!!), so it was car friendly for that two week long road trip.
So long story short… I wasn’t doing much for my recovery after training and races.
Thankfully, Tailwind Nutrition swooped in to save the day with their Rebuild Recovery mix.
I gotta admit, I was skeptical, even though I swear by Tailwind’s Endurance Fuel for my nutritional needs on a bike, XC skis, hiking boots, whatever. Mix something flavored chocolate with water?! Are you crazy? Chocolate goes in milk! (I always mixed protein/recovery mixes with milk historically.) After being a guinea pig for some interesting flavors during the testing phases, I received the vanilla and chocolate flavors in their final production form. I hesitantly poured it into a Blender Bottle with water. I scrunched up my face and sipped it. And drank… and drank… and let my face unscrunch… damn, it’s not bad!
And that’s how Heidi started using a recovery mix after workouts and races.
First, some information from the horse’s mouth, Tailwind Nutrition themselves:
Tailwind Rebuild is the first sport recovery drink based on a patent-pending perfectly complete protein. We start with organic rice protein, and supplement it with amino acids to make that protein complete. Then we add carbohydrates, some healthy fats from coconut milk, and just the right amount of electrolytes. Nothing repairs your muscles more efficiently, restores your energy faster, and makes you feel better sooner. And athletes love the great tasting healthy vegan ingredients.
Replenish glycogen stores: contains the right kinds and amounts of carbohydrates to restore your energy after a hard workout
Rebuild muscles: perfectly complete protein based on a patent-pending mathematical model to rebuild damaged muscle tissue and mitochondrial protein
Rehydrate and restore electrolytes: sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium to restore electrolyte balance
Mix a packet of Tailwind Rebuild with 16oz (500mL) of water (shaken not stirred). Drink within the first 30 minutes after exercise. For longer or more intense workouts, follow with another packet of Tailwind Rebuild in the following 30 minutes.
NATURAL INGREDIENTS AND ORGANIC FLAVORS
Vanilla: Non-GMO Dextrose, Non-GMO Sucrose, Coconut Milk Powder, Essential Amino Acids (L-Leucine, LLysine, L-Valine, L-lsoleucine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Threonine, L-Methionine, L-Histidine, L-Tryptophan), Non-GMO Organic Rice Protein Powder, Sea Salt, Potassium Chloride, Organic Vanilla Flavor, Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Citrate
Chocolate: Non-GMO Dextrose, Non-GMO Sucrose, Coconut Milk Powder, Essential Amino Acids (L-Leucine, LLysine, L-Valine, L-lsoleucine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Threonine, L-Methionine, L-Histidine, L-Tryptophan), Non-GMO Organic Rice Protein Powder, Cocoa Powder, Sea Salt, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Citrate
Non-GMO/Gluten free/vegan/no soy/no dairy
Though I use both flavors almost equally, I do give a slight benefit to chocolate. Usually after super hard rides and most races, my body has no desire to have anything in its stomach, but Rebuild goes down easy, stays down, and doesn’t cause any post exercise tummy trouble. I’ve incorporated Rebuild into my habits for most rides above the easy spin/recovery threshold, and after races. Compared to my history of not using anything after the bike, the next day after Rebuild my legs don’t feel as dead and I can do more back to back to back hard races/rides with less fatigue.
During this fall’s cyclocross season I’ve definitely come to love Rebuild as some race days I double up and do two separate races (sometimes with only an hour in between). Getting my muscles a bit freshened up after 45 minutes of mashing them to death is very important when I have to have another round of it in an hour or so.
Rebuild comes in single serving stick packs, which are very handy when traveling and race days (I just have to remember to bring the Blender Bottle… but I have mixed it into a Hydroflask before. Just make sure to not let said Hydroflask go unwashed in a car for a bit…). There are also 15 serving bulk bags, which I use at home.
So it’s true… Tailwind is really all you need, all day… really… for both during and after activities!
Disclaimer – I am a sponsored Tailwind Trailblazer athlete. However, I don’t endorse products I don’t use/personally dislike, regardless of what my sponsors expect. So what you are getting is my true opinion!