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)."