12-30-2010, 12:31 PM
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Well, Protein IS best for the muscles. Are your joints hurting too? Because you could take a joint supplement which might help. Try stretching after your ride, because that will help your muscles recoup faster. And if you go a few days without riding, maybe you can do mini workouts at home (like wall squats) to help you maintaine your muscles. Also, don't go long periods without eating. Your body will think you're going to starve, and it keeps the fat and starts eating at the muscles instead. If you regularly snack on healthy foods, your body will realize you're not starving, and attack the fat instead of the muscles. Also, I always recommend taking a multi vitamin/mineral supplement daily, just in case.
Hope this helped. Good luck!
-From a wanna-be personal trainer ;)