5-hour ENERGY review
Those of you who have been reading my blog for a long time are probably very surprised to see me review a product like 5-hour ENERGY. Apart from coffee, which I like strong and black, I don’t consume anything that could be considered a stimulant. Heck, I’m one of the few people I know who has never even had a single sip of Red Bull.
So WHY did I try this stuff? There’s a quick story behind that…
When Competitive Cyclist pulled the rug out from everyone who signed up for their “Get Paid to Ride” promotion (if you missed the news, they cancelled the whole program mere weeks after its launch), I’d earned around $25.00 in store credit. I definitely didn’t want to give CC any of my money after that lame stunt they pulled, and I was having trouble finding any low cost products I used in my size and/or that were in stock. Gloves? No. Chain lube? Nope. Tubes? Negative. Chain? Sorry. Tires? Snake eyes. So, not only does CC have stupidly high prices and a really bad marketing department (assuming that’s the group who came up with the “Get Paid to Ride” promotion), their store kind of sucks, too, IMO.
Eventually I ordered a set of cleats, and when the order arrived they’d included a sample shot of 5-hour ENERGY.
I was on the fence about even trying the stuff, but yesterday’s ride was no big deal and I thought, “Why not?” So I tossed the shot back about 30 minutes before I rolled out.
The taste was pretty good (Orange), and it was smooth and non-carbonated.
I didn’t notice much of a difference, at least not a positive one. In fact, I felt uncharacteristically off on yesterday’s ride. I can’t say with certainty that the energy shot was responsible (I’d done a fast 106 kilometer ride the day prior), but the heat seemed to be affecting me more than usual and I just wasn’t feeling too great.
I’d actually forgotten all about the energy shot by the time my ride was over, so that wasn’t even on my mind.
Fast forward a few hours…
So I’m sitting at my desk yesterday afternoon, and I began to feel as if I was about to fall asleep. My eyelids felt like they had weights attached to them, and I was fighting the urge to take a nap! Folks, unless I’ve had a very poor night of sleep, this NEVER happens to me.
I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Suddenly I remembered the energy shot I’d drank about 4.5 hours prior. There’s no question about it, I was crashing.
That tired feeling persisted for the rest of the day. I went to bed at my usual time last night–right around 9:00 PM–and I slept for 9.5 hours straight. I never sleep that late, or that long. I normally wake up naturally sometime between 4:30-5:00 AM, so rolling out of bed at 6:30 is pretty much unheard of for me.
I would never touch this stuff again, and definitely do not recommend it.