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Ginger - new recovery aid?

By Greg P - Posted on 03 June 2010

NB: Originally posted elsewhere on the Global Riders Network and appears via syndication.

For those who suffer on the Tuesday after big events, ginger may be worth a try in the week before.
They don't say what negative effects it has on performance.
Perhaps the mob could put together a research paper - 'Alcoholic ginger beer, effects on levels of performance and day after recovery' - call for volunteers!

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I've made home made crystallized ginger before, and taken it for a snack on rides.

Last time I used young ginger - and that has an almighty fiery kick that stays with you for a while and gets the legs going.

Home made is easy.

Grab a lot of ginger, skin, cut into cubes (or random chunks).
Get .5 cup of water and 1.5 cups sugar (I used castor but any would do)
mix all together in a saucepan and bring to boil, then simmer (low heat) until all the water has gone - you can tell this by scraping a spoon over the bottom of the pan and if it oozes rather than flows back together, its ready. This will be at least 45m-1hr. I've left it as long as two hours and it's fine.
Pour out onto a metal tray and 'fold' with a wide spoon until the sugar crystallizes on the ginger.
Store the ginger somewhere airtight, cool.

You can re-use the suger left over (you will have at least half a cup), it's really nice in a cup of tea.

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