For Christmas my wife bought me an Inov8 rucksack with their H2Oriztonal hydration system. The design is unique and a great idea to move the water lower to reduce movement and sloshing. I have only just begun to use it and today was my third use.
After 2.5 miles it was time to take some water on board so I bit down on the valve and began to suck. Nothing. I sucked harder. Nothing. Equipment failures for me are pretty catastrophic; I have no idea what the point of failure is, just that it doesn’t work. I can’t see if water is running up the tube or if the valve itself is broken. Just as the rucksack was about to go sailing into the bushes I decided to call the cavalry, I quickly told Sian what was wrong and we agreed to meet at collection point 3 to dump the bladder and go old school with bottles of water.
This meant changing my planned route, missing out on my hydration and nutrition timings and making a one-mile run to meet Sian. Frustrated and angry I headed to collection point 3. It turned out the valve was broken. That setup cost me £60+ and it lasted 3 uses. I will be sending a complaint email next week to Inov8.
With bottles of water on board I got back to the set route: running a few inclines. By now my hydration and nutrition was shot and I was becoming frustrated, mistakes started creeping in and I fell down a ditch. I still had 15 miles to go so I needed to get into a positive mind-set. Just then Kanye West POWER! began playing which instantly perked me up followed by a runkeeper distance update. Ahhhh 10 more minutes and I can crack out the Mr Kipling!
The next 10 miles went along swiftly, passing the half marathon mark the heavens opened. This is the point I realise I forgot to pack my rain jacket. I quickly gobbled a few Mr Kipling lemon slices and powered through. The last mile was accompanied by the delights of Ray Charles and a Lucozade.
The bottles of water did prove somewhat of a distraction, as I constantly mistook the sloshing of the water bottles as footsteps. So I desperately need a new hydration system. So if anyone has any recommendations to one that can last and not flake after a few uses let me know!