I am a 400 metre sprinter and I’ve used creatine in the past but not with any real consistency. When I took creatine I appeared to put on around half a stone of what I’ve read is called ‘water weight’ but my strength, endurance and short/explosive speed improved. I’ve read articles saying that you should stop taking creatine 3/4 days before competing in a race to llose a bit of weight.
For optimal use, would I cycle creatine while training and then leading up to a competition maybe come off creatine for 4/5 days before running and then take a dosage about 30-60 minutes before the actual race itself to aid my ATP/PC system in the first part of the 400 metres? Is this right? Or how would you suggest I take it for optimal gains in training and performance?