The Agony and the Heresy
Brian MacKenzie says he can mold better distance runners with a regimen of short, intense effort instead of endless brain-numbing miles. Christopher Solomon grabs a kettlebell, does a couple thousand wind sprints, and prepares for one very painful marathon.
The popular social-fitness app lets you log data from bike rides and share it with friends. It also turns even casual outings into hammerfests. Tom Vanderbilt on how Strava is transforming millions of amateur cyclists into fevered number crunchers.
Get Your Head in the Game
What do Olympian Kerri Walsh, daredevil Felix Baumgartner, and the Seattle Seahawks all have in common? Their shrink, Michael Gervais, who helps them perform at their best by setting loose their demons. By Brian Mockenhaupt
Photographer and climate-change researcher James Balog wants to document the world’s glaciers and snowfields before they’re gone forever. A new film about his efforts, Chasing Ice, is stunning—and terrifying. Will it succeed where An Inconvenient Truth failed? By Sam Moulton
Love in the Time of Coca
For decades, the drug cartels kept adventurers away from Colombia’s empty beaches and soaring peaks. With the violence receding, Stephanie Pearson returns to a country of untrammeled beauty.
Plus: The Tune-Up
Look for proven race, nutrition, and recovery strategies from Olympic triathlete Andy Potts and other fitness pros throughout the issue.
In October, Felix Baumgartner jumped from the edge of space, shattering the sound barrier and the record for the highest skydive. Ryan Krogh goes behind the scenes at the Red Bull Stratos launch.
First Look: To save his crew, Ernest Shackleton rowed 800 miles across the Southern Ocean. Can an Australian explorer do it 97 years later with period gear?
News From the Field: Utah’s controversial plan to combine seven ski areas into one European-style megaresort.
Feuds: The discovery of a potential new source of the Amazon River has two watermen racing to claim the first descent.
Media: A guidebook to surviving the apocalypse, and how to fake that you read Jared Diamond’s latest doorstop, The World Until Yesterday.
Get Lost: From yoga on the Yucatán to surfing in Hawaii, seven trips to restore your mojo at the start of the New Year.
Weekend Plan: Want endless powder? These four cat-skiing operations deliver.
Journeys: Wildlife safaris that help protect the animals.
Flannel gets technical.
There’s no electricity or plumbing, and the only luxury is a cattle-trough hot tub. But there’s no place Steven Rinella would rather be than his shack in the Alaskan wilderness.
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