Thursday, June 22, 2006

Playin' the Slots

The only difference between the soda machines at work and slot machines is this: the soda machines don't have a lever to pull.

For instance, both require the deposit of a quarter (which is actually pretty darn cheap for a soda machine). Both can either a) give you nothing in return, b) give you something, but not something you want or c) what you wanted. I figure the only way to come out ahead, same as with the slot machines, is to keep my quarter.

Also, I read somewhere that carbonation does something bad to your ability to exercise well. I realize that statement tells you nothing, but I don't remember much of what I read. It might have been VO2max or something. I'm not sure. The way I see it, though, it is an easy way to help my poor cycling prowess.

That was a long introduction to this bit about caffeine:
Today, in an attempt to get water, a co-worker of mine bought Vault. Vault, in the words of the packaging, "Drinks like a soda, kicks like an energy drink." For starters, I've never had an energy drink that kicked. Since he was offering, I decided to give it a try.

"Drinks like a soda" means "contains carbonated water." I let it sit out and flatten.

Quickly after starting to drink it I realized that, unlike my energy drinks, Vault contains caffeine. I say quickly, because caffeine starts working the instant it enters my mouth for me. I think this is partly due to how little I intake of it. It also lasts forever. Because I want to sleep tonight, I need to make sure I finish this before 3 PM. I'm not kidding. This is always the case unless I am driving across country. In that case, it has no effect on me, except to make me need to use the restroom every 15 minutes.

Incidentally, I can't understand why, while exercising, I'd want to take in caffeine. I mean, going to the bathroom on a ride can be darned inconvenient. And yet, it is an additive in many energy gels.

I avoid these.

I've decided that the label of Vault should read: "Kind of like Mtn. Dew in appearance and strangely similar in flavor (Made by Coca-Cola)."

3 comments:

Michael K. Campbell said...

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Also, I read somewhere that carbonation does something bad to your ability to exercise well. I realize that statement tells you nothing, but I don't remember much of what I read. It might have been VO2max or something. I'm not sure. The way I see it, though, it is an easy way to help my poor cycling prowess.
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Something about ... in order to get rid or the Carbonation your body needs to leech calcium from your bones too.

Jon Sharp said...

And, at least in this day and age, "leech" and "health" don't go together.

James Sharp said...

What? How else do you get rid of bad blood? Something swells up, put a leech on it I say! Modern medicine... ppshaw. (by the way, that last was an onomatopoeia :))