Skater’s Guide to Cleaning a Portable Hydration System

Skater’s Guide to Cleaning a Portable Hydration System

Did you recently buy a portable hydration system to use while long distance skating? If so, it is important that you keep it clean. Failure to keep it hygienic will create a breeding ground for parasites and bacteria. These entities could potentially lead to illnesses like Legionnaire’s disease, Escherichia Coli and Salmonella. The simplest way to avoid such problems is to set up a cleaning routine. Here’s how:

Cleaning Supplies Needed

The first thing that you’ll need to do is purchase a few cleaning supplies. Many of the companies that manufacture the hydration systems sell cleaning kits that you can typically purchase online for less than $16. The kits tend to come with different size brushes, a drying rack and some cleaning tablets.

Hydration systems sell cleaning kits

If you don’t want to buy a kit, you can purchase bottle brushes separately online. Just make sure that the ones you buy are food grade. You can also make your own drying rack with a wire coat hanger or something similar. The main point of the drying rack is to help dry your hydration system’s bladder as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

Bottle cleaner brushes

You can also make your own cleaning and sterilizing solutions with common household items like denture tablets, baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice and bleach. If you do use denture tablets or bleach, be sure to rinse your hydration system’s parts with running water several times to make sure that no chemical residues remain. In my opinion, one of the best brands of denture tablets to use for cleaning a hydration system’s bladder is Efferdent. It may cost you a bit more but it seems to do a better job than some of the cheaper brands.

Setting a Cleaning Schedule

Once you have all your cleaning and sterilization supplies in place, I recommend that you at least rinse and dry out your hydration system after every use. A more thorough cleaning should be done at least monthly. I, however, recommend that you consider doing one once a week. While cleaning the system make sure that you use the brushes on every inch of the bladder, tubing and bite valve mechanism. Remember, it doesn’t take much stagnant water for bacteria to start growing.

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Things to Do in Winter: Outdoor Ice Skating Places & Other Winter Activities

Things to Do in Winter: Outdoor Ice Skating Places & Other Winter Activities

Outdoor Ice Skating

There are many things to do in Colorado. One of the winter activities visitors and locals can enjoy is ice skating at local rinks. Often, skaters want the feel of an old-time outdoor ice skating rink, but they can be hard to find. Luckily, one such skating rink can be found in Historic Downtown Louisville, Colo.

Winter Skate Old Fashioned Outdoor Ice Skating

Beginning the first week of November, WinterSkate Old Fashioned Outdoor Ice Skating Rink will be open for its annual winter activities. Of course, the most popular winter activity on the list is outdoor ice skating. Put on some warm clothes and head to Historic Downtown Louisville to join in the festivities. The 6,500-square-foot ice skating rink will be open through the first of February, giving visitors plenty of time to perfect their ice skating techniques.

When you are ice skating at WinterSkate, take a break to enjoy another winter activity that sends you back in time. What could this be? A free horse-drawn carriage ride through the streets. Carriage rides will begin after Thanksgiving and will continue through the first of January on Fridays and Saturdays only. On rare occasions, visitors may find that the carriage will be running on a Sunday.

Skaters will enjoy fresh air and holiday music while they skate. When skaters begin to feel a little cold, they can grab something from the concession stand and sit for a spell underneath a covered seating area. For those who want to take a group to the ice skating rink or hold a party, call 303-449-3137. Nearby parking is free. During hours of operation, contact the ice skating rink by calling 303-604-1010.

Beaver Meadows Resort Ranch Ice Skating

Outdoor ice skating is open as early as October at Beaver Meadows Resort Ranch in Colorado. Enjoy the crisp winter air as you ice skate along one of the two ponds available. Ice skating hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day of the week.

A restaurant and lounge overlooks the outdoor ice skating pond for visitors to sit back, relax, eat some deliciously warm food and keep an eye on the skaters. For skaters who don’t want to leave the pond but find themselves hungry, Big Bear Pavilion offers snacks, drinks and games until you’re ready to hit the ice again.

Prices are $10 for children and $15 for adults and requires a Beaver Meadows Resort Ranch Activity Pass to be allowed on the ice. If you’d like to rent ice skates, there is an additional $5 charge. Other winter activities at the ranch include snow tubing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sleigh riding and much more. For more information, call 800-462-5870.

How to Skate Safely on a Frozen Pond

How to Skate Safely on a Frozen Pond

Skate safely on a frozen pond

There’s something happily traditional about skating on an iced-over pond. Ever since the legend of Holland’s Hans Brinker, authors have written vintage stories and poems about the joys of outdoor ice skating.
Hollywood frequently makes movies featuring loving couples who glide across the ice of the town pond to romantic music. However, the reality of pond ice skating in winter is that it can be unsafe. For indoor skating rinks, the only real danger is falling down. When out at the town’s frozen pond, there are many safety rules to observe to avoid more serious accidents.

1. It would be most effective if the local police put up a sign on the frozen-over pond that indicates whether it is safe or unsafe for skating. If no authorities determine the condition of the pond, safety must be the responsibility of those planning to skate there.

2. Before anyone is allowed to skate, test to find out if the ice will support several 150 to 200 pound adults over all of the lake surface. If the weather remains below freezing, use an ax to chop a hole in the ice in an isolated area. If it’s at least three inches thick where people will be skating, that area could be considered safe.

2. If there are thin places on the ice where the freeze is less than three inches thick, rope them off and/or put up large signs warning of think ice. If there are police or other monitors involved in ice skating on that pond, they should bring or set up emergency equipment and first-aid kit close by the roped-off areas.

3. If there are no monitors, it’s the responsibility for individual couples and families to take safety equipment with them. They should have an eight- to twelve-foot length of rope, knotted at both ends. A blow-up or cork life preserver float would be useful, too. In case a skater falls through the ice, those items will be there to expedite quick rescue efforts.

4. Everyone, especially families who bring small children with them to skate on the pond should have a first-aid kit, and several thermos bottles full of hot cocoa or coffee. There will inevitably be bumps, bruises, sore muscles and cold fingers that need immediate care, and a warm drink can help ease the situation.

5. Fully-charged cell phones on each person at the pond are useful for those on shore to keep in communication with those who are skating. They’re necessary if the pond is very large, and skaters may be out of sight of the shore at times.

6. Dry clothes and an extra pair of gloves or mittens are helpful when skaters, especially the very young ones, get wet and need to be kept warm.

7. When groups of children, age ten or under, are brought to the pond, teachers or parents should establish a buddy system. That requires each child to stay close to another at all times while they’re skating.

Safety rules for ice skating on a frozen-over pond are just matters of common sense. Have fun, but recognize the danger of accidents, and do everything possible to prevent them.

The advantages of skating

The advantages of skating

It was a great desire to own roller skates when I was a kid. That looked so overwhelming. Roller skates looked so awesome to ride one. It was a substitute for the car at that age. The roller skates were really fun to race with friends and winning would give the warm feeling in life.


However, at that age, I wasn’t sure that the roller skates had any benefits, except for the fun it has to provide to the riders. Nevertheless, the fact is it provides a lot of benefits than the fun.

Improved balance and coordination

To ride on the roller skates was not an easy task. It required a lot of enthusiasm and determination to learn the skill. There was so many time we fell and then rose up to give it one more shot. The most difficult thing was that it keeps the legs balanced and coordinated.

In the beginning, it was really difficult to but with the passing of days we developed to have command in it and a time came when we were good at it. Hence, the roller skates help to develop and improve the balance and coordination of the body. It also increases the strength of the abdominal and the back muscles.

Calorie burning

The only way to prevent yourself from growing fat is to burn your calories. If the calories are not taken care of then you are most likely to be gaining weight. That is something no one wants. Skating helps you incredible to burn calories. The strength and balances that are required to stay stable on the ground burn a lot of calories that is extremely needed by the body.

Improves joint flexibility

Roller skates van help your joint from cracking. Roller skating helps the fluid in the joints to be in the perfect form. When the knees are not affected by the workout they are weak. This makes the fluid crack with a sudden strike in giving. With roller skates you knew will be flexible and you are most likely to be able to sustain any damages. These would also help you to walk freely in the old age.

Involves both the legs and the arms

Skating is not only limited to the legs.. to a great extent the arms an also used to keep up the balance. Not only that your backbone and the spine have to adjust its position according to allow you to stand still and not rest on the ground after a fall. Hence there are a lot of body parts that are involved in order to make you skate on the roller skates. Therefore roller skates is a full body exercise that improves the overall health of the body.

Improves the heart

Because of the overall body exercising explained above, the heart needs to pump in a lot of blood. This improves the blood circulation on the body and in a long run, it gives you a healthier heart.


In addition to the above benefits, skating also improves the overall mood of the person. It helps to relieve stress from a person body