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We've had an up and down summer weather-wise here in Chicago. First spring did not want to leave--and a cold spring at that with me wearing a fleece and being cold in June. Then it would rain or be gray. Or everytime I'd think we'd start to have a nice-weather streak that rain, cold or sun-less sky would return (and more often than not ruin my morning bike ride). But finally come August and we're having a peek at what we hoped June through September would have been all along with sun-filled days, clouds and rain at a minimum, temps that have you wanting to dip in the lake and more. Or at least sometimes during the month (it's been hovering in the 60s for the past few days).


A few weeks ago we had our first taste at 90-degree weather with a heat index in the 100s--something we apparently hadn't seen in Chicago in a couple of years. With that weather comes the reminder to stay hydrated, especially when working out. I'm a heavy sweater so the minute the temps heat up I start losing fluids. And if I don't drink enough I worry about starting to suffer from heat exhaustion or heat stroke, which often can be sparked by being dehydrated. The simple answer to avoid these maladies is to keep outdoor time at a minimum on these hot days and enjoy the air conditioning, but the last thing I want to do is have the weather messing with my workouts and fun outdoors. I think there are others out there who are thinking the same thing, right?


I let the hot weather get in the way of part of my workout on that hot weekend, but I wasn't going to let it rule out an outdoor workout altogether. When our first heat wave struck, the plan was to ride the Cenar Century out in Barringtonthe date had been set a month before and my Spinning instructor organized the logistics and participantand we were all looking forward to distance, hills and a good challenge. But with rain predicted in the morning then clearing to high winds and high temps, we held off riding until the next day. Unfortunately that didn't sound any better, which had me fearing I'd get heat exhaustion while out on the ride, or would end up sweating off too much weight.



I bailed on that ride for that fear of overheating and having to battle strong winds, but I wasn't letting my choice keep me from doing something outdoors and opted to go mountain biking instead. It started off as a good ideashade from the trees, not having to work quite as hard going at my own pace instead of keeping up with others, maybe even a little cooler without the direct sunlightbut ended up being just as hot. Thank goodness for the water I was carrying with me is all I have to say. I couldn't stop hydrating during rest breaks nor could I stop sweating (which made me want to drink even more). Seeing the sweat was a gentle reminder to continue drinking and then post-ride when my clothes were soaked through I knew I needed even more fluids. Let's just say that water was like my best friend that afternoon: finishing off my Camelbak, refueling at 7-Eleven, drinking glass after glass upon getting home. And then I was still thirsty the next morning! But at least I didn't get those pounding headaches, lightheadedness or even nausea that often comes with heat sickness.



Funny how now I'm thinking about that day and wishing there was another on the horizon--60ish degrees in August is no fun. While I don't have to worry as much about staying hydrated (I'm not losing as many fluids) those warm days are some of my favorites parts of summer.



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Last week was a huge week for me in terms of racing. I had my second Triathlon EVER on Wednesday night. It was the final of a series of races at Island Lake State park, and the first in the series was my first ever tri. I was super excited about it, and since it was an evening race, I spent a lot of the day preparing for it. You cannot believe my HORROR when I got about halfway to the race site and realized I had left both of my water bottles that I had prepared with water from my PUR faucet in the refrigerator. I had planned to use these bottles for hydration on the bike. Yikes! Fortunately, I had been hydrating all day, and had an aluminum reusable bottle of water with me that I prepared with flavored PUR water, but it did not have a sport top for biking. Luckily, I had enough friends at the race and was able to borrow a bottle with a sport top for the ride. Since I made sure to go through all the trouble to have water on the bike, I made sure to drink it (which I sometimes forget to do while biking), and it made a huge difference. I am sure some of it was my training, but I was able to take 7 minutes off my 800m swim time, 4 minutes off my 12 mile bike, and 3 minutes off my 3.1 run from my first tri ever, for a total of over 13 minutes improvement in my overall time (my transitions were longer, unfortunately). While I did not place in this race, my finish time had me more in the middle of the pack for my age group instead of being almost last like before.


Then, just a few days later, on Saturday, I competed in the Maybury Time Trial, an approximately 10 mile cross country mountain bike race. I had been looking forward to this race for a long time, and had purchased a new bike at the beginning of the season with this race in mind, so I really wanted to do well. Peer pressure had gotten the best of me this week, as far as doing the tri, because I would have not planned another race so close to this one which was so important to me. My husband started first, and my 3 year old daughter had her first race EVER, and I started last! We were there pretty much all day, and hydration was very important. We brought TONS of water bottles from home filled with PUR filtered water to keep us hydrated througout the day, and used our camelbacks on our races. My husband and I both finished 3rd in our respective age groups and classes, and my daughter finished her .1 mile ride on her tiny bike! Being a time trial, everyone had their own start time. I was first in my class to start, based on the alphabet. I had to make sure to just go as fast as physically possible, because I did not have any other riders near me to judge how I was doing, except for being passed by the two ladies that finished ahead of me. Fortunately, my time held up and the only two ladies faster than me were those I saw. It was a great day.



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Share the PUR Wealth

Posted by Stacy Dietzler Aug 20, 2009

I was thrilled to receive the PUR Welcome Kit and since then, I've shared PUR water and  products with friends and family.  I set-up the PUR pitcher as soon as I took it out of the box and hoped that the manual would be easy to decipher which it was! I inserted the Raspberry Flavor option and put it into the fridge so I would have cold PUR water within a few hours. Once the pitcher chilled, I demoed it and I liked the fact that you can control how much flavoring you add to your glass of PUR water. I prefer to have a light flavor taste and really like the one push of a button on the pitcher and presto -  I had flavored raspberry water!  I tend to drink just plain water and I can certainly say that I can taste the difference with PUR. My husband can also. We both taste tested the water and felt that the water tasted clean and that it almost a hint of sweetness since it filtered out the contaminants that was in our tap water.


We were so excited to receive the PUR faucet filter also. It  also looks great with our sink. We've been using it daily for our regular glasses of water, my husband's coffee, to cook with and most importantly, I've been using it in combination with a sports drink to fill-up my bike bottles and belt bottles for my races. I've participated in several triathlons in the past few weeks and I have one again (final one of the season) this weekend. As part of my hydration routine, I like to incorporate the PUR water in my race bottles. With it being so hot Atlanta and during my races, it's so important that I stay hydrated.



This past week I gave a PUR pitcher to my niece who was heading off to college for her sophomore year. She was moving off campus and didn't have any fun or green household items for her new house. I thought the pitcher would be a great house warming gift for her and her roommates which she loved! It was great to hear from a college student that she preferred to drink filtered water!



I work out at GA Tech and they had a big Welcome Back event this past week for the students. I contributed some PUR lunch coolers and PUR Flavor Options coupons and the students were thrilled with the PUR giveaways. I'll be participating on the GA Tech Team for the upcoming Kaiser 5k Corporate Challenge which is the largest office event in Atlanta in September. There will be 15,000 participants representing more than 400  local companies and organizations at the event. The PUR lunch coolers and coupons will be great to distribute at this event!



Check back to read about our home brews made with PUR filtered water that my husband will be making in the next few weeks - they should be quite tasty!



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The Leadville 100

Posted by ramirault Aug 19, 2009

This past weekend I was rubbing elbows with the man himself, Mr. Lance Armstrong.  The event was the Leadville 100 which is also known as "The Race Across the Sky."  What a race it was and a true testament to what it takes to be successful as an endurance athlete.  This was my first 100 mile mountain bike race and a lot of training and preparation was required. 


Living here in Denver requires me to drink lots and lots of fluids in order to combat the dry climate and also the altitude.  My folks flew in from Boston and I had them drinking their fluids before arriving to ensure some level of confidence at high altitude.  So for the Leadville 100 you are probably wondering what I did for hydration.  Well, hydration is imperative for a successful race and that does not just go for drinking on race day.  The entire week leading up to the race I upped my water intake from my PUR filter in the office and at home.  Co-workers definitely thought it was funny to see me running to the bathroom almost every 40 minutes.




So once race day came I believe I was full on ready to take on 100 miles and 14,000 vertical feet of Colorado's high alpine terrain.  During the race I was drinking a full 24 ounce bottle every 30-40 minutes and that proved to be the sweet spot for me personally.  The result for me was a finishing time of 9:19 and placing 165th overall out of nearly 1,500 starters.  I was extremely happy about my result and my preparation as well as nutrition practices paid off!  So will I race Leadville again?  We'll have to see...I'm still tired today from the race!



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I did an Olympic distance race in Folsom, CA this past Sunday and it was HOT!  I knew it would be hot .. so leading up to the race I made sure that I hydrated properly with my PUR water and electrolytes. 


As expected race day was very toasty!   I felt great in the heat though - confident that I had properly hydrated leading up to the race and on race morning.




After the race was over, driving back to Sunnyvale ... I looked forward my grape flavored PUR water waiting for me in the cool fridge!


















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My faucet mounted PUR filter came today, and it was SUPER easy and fast to install.  I letting the water run for 5 minutes to activate the filter took longer than the actual installation process.  It is very attractive and easy to switch between filtered and unfiltered water.  It is perfect for someone like me who was always "the bad roommate" in college and always forgot to refil the pitcher, even though that is super easy to do as well.



Also, this past weekend, I went on a brief trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes in northern Michigan.  When we arrived, there was a sign at the ranger station warning us that the dune hike was extremely strenuous, and would take 3-4 hours to reach Lake Michigan and back, and that adequate hydration and sunscreen were a must.  Since we had 2 small children with us, we opted to not go all the way to the lake, just far enough to see it.  I was so glad that I had packed my PUR reusable water bottle full of fresh clean water for myself, and sippies for both kids.  It was so refreshing on such a warm sunny day.  The views of the lake were amazing.



I am having trouble uploading images directly to the blog, so I have attached a couple in the file section to check out.  I am sorry the photo quality isn't the greatest, they were taken on my cell phone.  I managed to pack all the water, but failed to grab the camera! Oops.  That just means I have to go back!



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I am having a lot of fun serving up PUR water (esp with flavor) to friends and guests who come over for a meal or after a workout.  The filtration is awesome and the taste is fantastic.   Everyone loves the clever pitcher design too!  I like showing it off ...





















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Last weekend was a great weekend. It was the weekend of the Tree Farm Relay, in Novi, MI, at Lakeshore Park. We had a bit more water than we wanted- we had more coming from the sky that neccessary for mountain biking, but overall we had a great time. The day started with lots of rain, and it dried out nicely for the start of the sport category, although the trail was quite messy for the start and end of the race. I had a team of 4 women and my husband had a team of 4 men. We had a great turnout from our family and friends. I started the race with a LeMans style start. My team was the Tu N Tu Bella's, and it was formed of 3 former Team Stayput members and my college roommate. Wearing tutus was a tradition my girlfriends started doing Dances With Dirt, a 50 mile trail running relay, and we wanted to keep it alive with the mountain bike relay. We spent the whole day outside, so being well hydrated was extremely important. I was glad we had a tent for our team complete with cooler of fluids.


Here is a video of the start


Here are a couple photos of me:  The first is riding up the start hill



This is one of me after completing my leg.



My team finished up 4th in the women's sport catgory



I was also really excited to receive my welcome kit from PUR. I love having the pitcher in our refrigerator to have fresh, cold, purified water for myself and my family. It is great to give to my children in their sippy cups, put in my camelback, and to take with me everywhere. I enjoy being able to use resusable water containers for myself and my family, and this has really enabled me to have much better, cleaner water with me.



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Keep those fluids up!

Posted by ramirault Jul 31, 2009

So last weekend I completed my longest ever bike ride.  I headed out from downtown Denver with a couple friends for what we here in the Mile High city call "Super Evans."  Evans refers to Mt. Evans which sits at the lofty height of 14,264 feet above most beaches.  This was my last big training ride before competing at the Leadville 100 on August 15th.  We set out not to break records on this ride, but to finish the ride and still have energy.


On a journey that consisted of 129 miles and 15,500 feet of vertical climbing the 2 biggest factors for completion aka survival would be hydration and nutrition.   I left my house with 2 bottles filled to the brim with PUR filtered water and potpouri of energy bars and gels.  I ended up refilling my bottles a total of 6 times each for 14 bottles in total.  That may seem like a lot of fluid, but hydration should always be on your mind whether your out doing a cruise around town or on a monster bike ride.  Here in Colorado that dry climate also plays a big factor for depleting water in your body so I'm always sippin' water whether I'm on the bike or cubing it up at work.



So just remember to keep those fluids up and you'll be amazed what your body can do when properly hydrated!





Cheers, Ryan



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As an athlete, I always try to stay in the know about how important hydration is. I know not to leave the house without a Camelbak when I take my bike out on the Lakefront. I have my run routes mapped around the water fountains. And my workout is never a good one if I somehow manage to forget my water bottle at home and I have to keep jumping off the machine and rehydrating.


I know to stay hydrating but sometimes it's hard to keep drinking water and I'm craving of something, anything, else. I try adding lemon juice or even a little Gatorade powder to sweeten my drink, but the tedious process sometimes has more foregoing that drink because I don't want to mix the concoction. So I was super excited when a package from PUR arrived with a pitcher and water filter that also contained a flavor package to mix up the taste of the water. I already liked the water straight from the pitcher because now I finally didn't have to deal with semi-warm water straight from the tap and I had the option of adding flavor with a few quick taps of a button. I'm liking it already and know I'm staying more fueled in the process. And with a race coming up, I know it's even more important.




Stay tuned to hear more. I'm sure I'll have some hydration thoughts after the race. Last time I suspected I was dehydrated because I felt like a camel the following day, guzzling water and never seeming to get enough.



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PUR Water Pitcher

Posted by kyle_welch Jul 30, 2009

I received my shipment today and used the PUR water pitcher and one of the PUR flavor packets.  After prepping the pitcher and water filter, I added the flavor pack and tap water and was delighted with the result!  The strawberry flavor had a great taste and there was no hint of chlorine taste or smell to the water.    I like the way the pitcher allows me to add as much or as little flavor to each glass.  The filter change indicator is also very handy.


Kyle Welch



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Got PUR?

Posted by Stacy Dietzler Jul 23, 2009

I'm so excited to be a PUR Ambassador and share feedback regarding PUR

products!  As a triathlete and runner, hydration is a big part of my

active lifestyle. I don't drink coffee (I’ve never drank a cup!) or sodas since

they wire me!  I drink a minimum of  64 ounces  of water a day. 


I'm also a big water drinker with lemon, so it will be great to try the PUR

Flavor Options since I love all kinds of fruit.




In terms of my triathlon training, I always hydrate prior to, during and

after my trainings and races to prevent dehydration and cramping. You will

either see me with a water bottle or a fuel belt, as water really seems to

always quench my thirst. Water also gives me that extra push that I need as I

run through a water station at a race. I will never miss out on the opportunity

for that cup of water!




Check back to see my feedback regarding PUR water filtration products!



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I just wanted to do a quick post to say how excited I am to be part of team PUR and how important hydration is to me. I am currently nursing my 10 month old son, so proper hydration is a MUST to be able to take care of both myself and my family. I need to consume extra fluids to be able to maintain my milk supply even if I was not an athlete, so being active, I need to drink a TON of fluids. I usually have a glass of water with every feeding session in addition to my normal intake, plus fluids for my workouts. I can tell when I am not getting enough to drink because my son is crabby and extra hungry- not good!


I am so excited to be part of PUR because I will be able to ensure that my drinking water is safer for me and for my family, and I will not be producing so much waste from non-reusable beverage containers. I hate when I have to purchase bottled water, because many times it is not any better for me and produces so much waste!



I have my first mountain bike race of the season coming up this weekend, so I will update everyone on how that goes next week! It is a 4 person relay, where we will be outside most of the afternoon, so proper hydration will be key to avoid cramps and premature fatigue.



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Hydration for athletes

Posted by jvicario Jul 19, 2009

Proper hydration is so important to athletic success yet it is so often overlooked.  I constantly talk to the athletes I coach to stress the importance of their race day fueling.  I am constantly reinforcing hydration as a daily routine. Sufficient fluid levels are achieved when athletes need to urinate a pale-yellow to nearly colorless urine every few hours.   For base workouts, recommend 6-10oz fluid every 15 minutes; understanding that cold weather conditions may warrant consumption on the lower end of the range. Indoor workouts may require consumption on the higher end of the range.  Each athlete should also know how to assess  their sweat rate and match their needs with their losses. Keep in mind that sweat rates will vary with changes in the training environment and as the result of improved physical conditioning.

















I'm looking forward to incorporating PUR in to my nutrition and hydration arsenal while staying Green at the same time.





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PUR Digital Ambassadors

Posted by Lindsay Simpson Jul 17, 2009

PUR is the leading provider of water filtration systems and wants to educate you on the importance of staying hydrated. PUR has sponsored 10 Brand Ambassadors nation-wide who are athletic individuals just like you. These PUR Ambassadors are interested in spreading the word about the benefits of hydration. These Ambassadors are using PUR products and saving money by bottling their own water. They'll be blogging about their experiences from July-September. Check back frequently for fun updates and educational blogs.

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