Dedication happens off the bike just as it happens on the bike. Dedication is digging for that last handful of watts on that last climb, but Dedication is also cutting pancake mix with endurance powder so you can make it to the next meager paycheck. It’s not uncommon for professional cyclists racing in America to earn as much as 15,000.00 in a year. Or as little as nothing. Somewhere between your average Minor League Baseball Player and Saddle Bronc Cowboy, Cat 1 dudes as well as most Domestic Pros have to maximize their decidedly sub-optimal resources. From ebay to strategic cohabitation, they have to be creative and resourceful. In their quest for Speed, these guys have to survive.
Alternative Uses Of Hammer Nutrition ™ Products. Created by Chef Sam Johnson.
1 cup Hammer Perpetuem
1 cup cake flour (optional)
1 egg (optional)
1 teaspoon baking soda (optional)
1 teaspoon (two gel caps worth) Endurolytes
Mix available ingredients. Add water and stir until consistency is that of pancake batter. Pour batter onto skillet and cook. [note: Perpetuem has a fairly low burning temperature -- keep a close eye to avoid burning!]. Serve with generous dollop of Apple Cinnamon Hammer Gel. Enjoy!
Peanut Butter and Hammer Gel Triple-Decker Sandwich
3 slices bread (or hot dog buns if that’s all you have)
2 tablespoons peanut butter (optional)
2 tablespoons (or 2 individual packets) of Montana Huckleberry Hammer Gel
Apply thin layer of peanut butter to two separate slices of bread, and set aside, butter side up. Take third slice of bread and apply thin coat of Huckleberry Hammer Gel to one side. Marry gel coated bread with one slice of butter coated bread, as though you were making a normal (lame) PB&J sandwich. Then — now follow me closely here — apply Hammer Gel to the outside of the completed sandwich, making sure to apply the gel to the piece of bread which was gel coated in the first place. Finish the sandwich by placing the second butter coated bread on top of the gel coated sandwich. When you’re finished you should have a sandwich where the inner piece of bread is coated on both sides with Hammer Gel, and the outer two pieces of bread remain protected from getting soggy by their layers of hydrophobic peanut oil. Let this sucker sit for an hour (or a few days) before eating — the inner piece of bread will become fully saturated with gel, thus minimizing on the mess (Hammer Gel is runny stuff), and making the whole thing take on jelly doughnut-like qualities. Yum.
1 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons Espresso Hammer Gel
Fill a water bottle with water and Espresso gel, and secure cap. Shake vigorously until frothy. Sip snootily on sidewalk.
Pasta a la Last Resort
Plain Hammer Gel
I’m not proud of this one. This is for when you’re truly truly up shit creek without a paddle. Boil pasta and drain. Add hammer gel. Season with Endurolytes. “Enjoy.”
• Recipes borrowed from Sam Johnson’s blog here.