We are a strange breed us triathletes. Some more than others :D I thought I would post this for fun:
A urine color rating of 1, 2 or 3 is considered to be well-hydrated
Urine Color Measurement
description / procedure: The first part of the urine stream is discarded, the a small sample of urine is collected into a clear jar. Measurement may be done immediately, or the specimen can be stored for later analysis. The sample is usually collected first thing in the morning. It may aslo be of interest to collect samples prior to or post exercise, though there may be a time delay for the effect of dehydration to show in the urine colour.
equipment required: Clip boards, Recording sheets, Pens, Urine specimen containers, ice bucket for storage, Ice, Color rating chart, Gloves
interpretation: The sample should be held up in front of a white background, in good light, and the color compared to the chart to the left. The lower the number, the better the result. A urine color rating of 1, 2 or 3 is considered to be well-hydrated (Armstrong, 2000). Based on these results, changes in fluid intake can be made.
certain medicines and vitamins may cause the colour of the urine to change. If any of these have been taken, this test is unreliable.
the colours your see on the screen, or when you print the image out, may appear different to the original chart. Therefore this chart should only be used as a guide. If more accurate comparison is required, please go to an original source.
Armstrong, L.E., Maresh, C.M., Castellani, J.W., Bereron, M.F., Kenefick, R.W., LaGassee, K.E., and Riebe, D. (1994). "Urinary Indices of Hydration Status.", Int. J. Sport Nutr., 4, 265-279.
Armstrong, L.E., Soto, J.A., Hacker, F.T., Casa, D.J., Kavouras, S.A., Maresh, C.M. (1998). "Urinary indices during dehydration, exercise, and rehydration." Int. J. Sport Nutr. 8: 345-355.
Armstrong, L.E. (2000). Performing in Extreme Environments, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.