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Image of the week: In honor of the "Return To Flight" launch today.

Question of the Week: Can you see the Great Wall from space?

Site of the Week: http://maps.google.com/
You can look at satellite images anywhere in the world. See how long it takes you to find your home (without using the map).


Last week, RoadWarrior asked about my Beta Alanine usage. I use 3-4 grams twice a day mixed in water.

Absorption might be better when you're protein fasted, but if you are, then you have bigger problems than BA absorption. LOL


Hey DB did you get my PM this afternoon?


Hey Dave, I'm about 5 days into my BA cycle, I'll keep you posted. I think I'm looking for about a 30 day saturation period correct?


Mike, got it. I was up until 5:30AM packing so I haven't had a chance to reply yet. No time like the present though...

As for when to take the multi vitamin, I remember TC writing something about oatmeal binding nutrients (as you mentioned). I cut/bite my tabs in half, take the first dose in the AM or 2-3 hours after my oatmeal, then the second half 12 hours later.


I think the answer to the question is yes. Well, at least until they built the sound stage for "The Truman Show."

Google maps with the satellite images is awesome.


Mike Part II: Intra-week Carb Cycling

In my experience, high and low CHO (carb) phases work best, much like the Anabolic Diet. More importantly, if you like your low/med/hi cycle (which is clearly working), then stick with it.


Here's another one for the Starbucks fans out there; The BARRista!


Coach Staley, you're right, 30 days is where we start to see peak saturation.

Some studies begin with 4 grams/day for the first 2 weeks and then increase to 6.4g/day. This protocol gives ~75% saturation by week 4, but starting at 6g should bump this closer to 100%.

Keep us updated!


MikeTheBear, I just zoomed in to the Johnson Space Center and you can still see the Saturn V rocket outside (it is now enclosed).

Random JSC Note: Even though I went through months of security checks, as a "foreigner" I couldn't be on base without escort (ironically a Greek fellow was my escort). I'd have to wait at security for up to an hour each day, where I got to watch the deconstruction and cleaning of the Saturn V.


Yes, you can see the Great Wall from the moon (or space) Freakin' geeky huh? That's what happen when your parents give you books every birthdays. And you come around to reading them :slight_smile:

Hey Dave, I just asked Dr Lowery about this, but I'll throw it your way too: I'm currently buying this bread which's got 13 gr of carbs per slice. But the label says "made with sprouted wheat" What the hell is that, and what does it do?


Dave, I've been lifting for around 2 years and would like to begin using creatine effectively and responsibly. Right now I'm 5'9 and 165 lbs. Would taking 2.5 grams of creatine during my workout days only without a loading phase be efficacious? I've done a lot of reseach and am a little confused being that I'd like to use as small a quantity as possible to get the job done.

Thanks a lot,


I received a question in another thread about physically shaking up our fat such that the fat cells dislodge.

It's really a good thing that our bodies are tougher than to let that happen. Fat cells getting dislodged and into the blood would certainly clog blood vessels.

We've all dealt with fat in food, and can tell that fat doesn't come apart all that easily.



Mike R (wow, 3 Mikes in one Prime Time thread!), thanks for the question but I have NO IDEA what you're talking about. LOL

Care to elaBarrate?


I'd hate to break it to you, but no you cannot see the great wall from space (with the naked eye). That is a long standing myth. It is smaller then freeways, which you cannot see either, hell, some huge rivers are tough to see.

Call me unpopular, but it just isn't so.



The BARRista is the person who makes the drinks. I know you're Canadian and all, but don't you drink coffee? I'm sure they sell it at Tim Horton's!


Zen, before I debate you about seeing the great wall (along with every 2 lane road on the planet), I've found some cool info on the bread.

It seems that people like sprouted bread because it's crunchy yet light. Other than that, it's magical properties are limited.

I was really curious about this bread, so here's what I found: 3 days prior to baking, put 1/4 cup whole wheat seeds or berries in a 1-quart jar. Cover the mouth of the jar with cheesecloth, fastened with a rubber band. Soak seeds in warm water. Pour off the water (save), and place jar on its side, in a dark place. Twice a day, rinse the berries in tepid water (80?-85? )poured through the cheesecloth.

When the sprouts are as long as the seed, bake the bread.


Andrew, If you're just starting then 5g every day for the first month is a good idea. From there, you can decide whether you like to keep using every day, or just after workouts.

Here's another recent thread that may help: http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do.hydra?id=702238

Hope this helps!


Mike, you honor us with the mention of Timmies.

NOTE: "Barrista" could also be a lawyer in the northeast.


Wow, poor DB doesn't frequent SBUX? UnBARRlievable that he doesn't have a favorite little BARRista.

(You know Mike, I'm now forever screwed into thinking about this thread every time I step into a SBUX. Really. Thanks for that. ;])