It's been a week now with no to little coffee caffeine. What a difference. On last nights Wednesday Worlds ride my heart rate was way more normal, it even seemed like I was recovering faster. Now I'm no nutritionist or dietitian but it seems like it's had a significant effect on my hydration levels too.
I also noticed less cramping. Two weeks ago and at Twin Bing it was really bad. Here's the odd bit. We have a scale at home that not only measures weight but also body fat percentage. The body fat measurement is pretty useless for athletes but it works well enough as a gauge to see if you're losing or gaining. It does this measurement using bio-resistance which is greatly effected by how well you're hydrated. My practical sense tells me that if coffee is a diarrhetic, even though I felt well hydrated I don't think I really was. Reason being, now that I've given up coffee caffeine, my body fat reading has dropped almost 2 points. Makes you go hmm because I now I didn't miraculously lose three and half pounds of just fat last week.
Regardless, the effects of going coffee free have been positive. I still enjoy my mocha now and then, decaf of course, I just love flavor/taste of coffee and chocolate, all mixed together. I'm also back using EP-NO and still take a multi-vitamin. I had an issue years ago that whenever I rode, regardless of how rested I was, I always felt lethargic on the bike. I figured that at the time, age 28ish, my body had changed and I was deficient in something. The multi-vitamin corrected whatever it was. On a whim, I thought I'd try EP-NO to counteract my bruising issues. It's billed as a nature blood builder and whatever it does, when I'm on it, I bruise significantly less. I went without it most of the winter when we were doing low intensity stuff, but now that intensity has increased due to WNW, I felt I needed to get back on it. Placebo or not, these things help me. And just like my Mad Alchemy Pre-Ride Oil that makes my legs all nice and shiny, if you feel fast, you'll ride faster.