My wife Robbie is a marketing exec with a wellness company, and early last week she returned from their annual convention in Salt Lake City with some of their new products, including a few bottles of a caffeine energy drink they call Energy Kick.
I’ve never been a fan of the various energy drinks (eg, Red Bull, Monster, etc) because of the amount of sugar and other questionable ingredients they contain. I do like my morning coffee but avoid it the rest of the day as it disrupts my sleep.
I was first intrigued by Energy Kick’s smaller amount of caffeine (150 mg) in a small shot (2 fl. oz.). And then I saw that it had no sugar, no calories, and no or artificial flavors or colors. Saaaaweeeet (heh).
Last Thursday, I was scheduled to pick up the ICP instructors at the airport around 3 pm. I’d been awake since 4:30 am so I was feeling groggy but I didn’t have time to squeeze in a nap. So I drank one and within ten minutes, I perked back up and remained alert the rest of the afternoon and evening, even for the 45 minute freeway drive home to Northfield at 10 pm, usually a tough time for me to stay alert (crank up the music, roll down the windows, etc.). I hit the sack at 11 and slept through the night.
Last Saturday, I had a long honeydew list and was starting to fade at about 4:30 pm. I drank another and had the same result: perked right up in 10 minutes, went right to sleep at 11, and slept soundly.
On Wednesday, I wanted to get a ride in at Leb before my 5:30 Park Tool School at Erik’s. 3 pm grogginess was setting in and I was tempted to take a quick nap. But I slammed an Energy Kick instead and spent the next 90 minutes practicing the 7 consecutive small berms in the field of the upper beginner loop. I was more than awake! And again, the alertness lasted until bedtime; and no sleep issues.
I think I’m a convert.