Hydration, part 1

Drinking water looks like this:

russian site? do you look good doing it or do you have to look good already?

Apparently it’s always glamorous and sexy to drink water. In fact, do your hair and makeup. I can’t find a good picture that shows what it’s like to simply drink a few sips of water. Another picture of what drinking water looks like:

From globein, an article about drinking water

Drinking water is something you do as a team, apparently. I understood when people drink together it looked like this:

Drinks all around; apparently only if you’re a guy

Let’s try again:

Nope, drinking water doesn’t look like this.. this is an Evian branded shower.

All these images are linked to their respective sites. No matter how you cut it, if your hydrating it prolly isn’t glamorous, doesn’t make you look more interesting, and surely doesn’t take place of team drinking.

Daily Hydration

Hydration while being athletic, physically performing seems critical and obvious. What I’m talking about is when you’re at work as a bike mechanic. I sweat a lot. And hydration for me is a day maker or breaker. It’s also a challenge. I work between sleep and running or riding.

Hydration between rides keeps you going; recovery of tired muscles, dispersion of fresh glycogen, and clear head are all positive results of keeping water going through the system. As a mechanic, my hands are always busy so sometimes I simply forget to drink. This makes recovery between huge rides take much longer.

Anywhere from 60-70% of our bodies is water. So, all other things aside, that is the single most important ingredient in our daily nutrition.

I could build links to site referencing all the health benefits of staying properly hydrated. But for most of my readers that shouldn’t be in question. The question is, how do you get enough. Everybody needs a different amount, so throw that old saying that you need 4-8 glasses of water a day out the winder and stop letting the man insult your intelligence.

Focus, you need to drink water more than you need to do anything else in your day. Maybe it will make you look more glamorous, more fit, more healthy, happier, friendlier. But certainly, as studies show, it will make you healthier, since you are somewhere between 60 and 70% water.

Continued Discussion – Bicycle Commuting

Somebody please fix these numbers:

87% of daily trips take place in personal vehicles
91% commutes take place in personal vehicles
(Bureau of Transportation Statistics)

“…Each gallon of gasoline burned creates 20 pounds of carbon dioxide…”
“…Every mile pedaled rather than driven keeps nearly one pound of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Even a short, four-mile round-trip bike ride keeps about 15 pounds of pollutants out of the air we breathe…”
(Conservation International – What You Can Do)

Search on Google to see how efficient your auto is. I haven’t driven my car for a couple weeks and it feels so great! I ride all over. See my recent post on riding (bicycle commuting) home from the car service center 50 miles from my house. I’ve car pooled some places, with my wife to go see family or friends. Riding my bike to work and the store is simple and requires little more time. Of course, I admit, that my small community makes it easy to spontaneously go to the store on my bike.

Making it happen:

Some communities aren’t so small and require more planning but that shouldn’t stop you from being able to ride a bike to fulfill your daily chores including work. Bikes come in such a vast variety that you can literally find one that mozies around or one that rides like a bullet to do the job. From Touring bikes to competitive road bikes, you have your choice. If you work in a mountain town there are great trail bikes around.

a touring bike
road bike


I guess, the hardest part is building it into your day. I once had a customer that was busy enough with family and work that his daily commute was his exercise plan. He built it into his day and each way was about 17 miles through traffic. He was an investment officer. Every person has to figure how they are going to make it work if they decide to do it.

Bicycle commuting is the kind of thing that promotes good health, both physically and mentally. In articles all over the web you can read about how exercise improves mood and productivity at work. The increased blood flow to the brain and body may have something to do with this. Here are a couple articles about exercise and one specifically about exercise before work, 5 Reasons to Exercise Before Work and 7 Benefits of Morning Exercise. Think of the morning commute to work as this way to exercise and brighten your day.

Bicycle Power!

Obviously there are times when we require our auto but I believe that most of the time we can do the work of the auto under our own power and gain massive benefits for our bodies and environment as a result.

I suppose I’ll make an argument for using cars less and less in the next part of the ongoing discussion about bicycle commuting.