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.
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.