David Bar's "Creatine Controversy" [ttp://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance_bodybuilding_supplements/the_creatine_controversy]is a good article "Creatine Timing". It also presents an interesting perspective with how to take ie year round instead of cycling it.
Thank you Kenny. I like this article. Citations. Unemotional tone. A solid summary. Real discussion. Gold.
And it will make me rethink my approach. The caffeine point and usage advice was very useful.
I'm on day 10 of what i've decided is to be a 21 day introduction. I haven't controlled the variables enough to clearly identify what's happening. I'm sure in my workouts i'm pushing through a bit more volume and recovery/vigour has improved. But, this could be because
a) the protein, creatine has made a difference
b) i've dropped alcohol (my old friend)
c) i'm actually getting fitter (i'm doing so much bloody work but still resting)
d) placebo and b & c
e) b & c
g) profit (sorry. South park joke. kinda.)
More observations to come. If anything, the protein is a really easy way of bringing up consumption levels in a reasonably cheap way. Reasonably. Currently it's either protein supplement or alcohol ;)