The Shape of Your Life

Beyond the Weight Room

Take our word for it: No glance in the locker room mirror will scare you into shape like a looming, butt-kicking physical challenge. If you're looking for some added incentive to stick with the five-month Shape of Your Life program, it's time to pick an adventure, slap down some money, and commit yourself. This week, dream up an adventure-fitness goal for fall and post it on your refrigerator, your computer at work—anywhere you're forced to stare at and drool on a daily basis. Here are a four ideas to get you dreaming big.

The Big Sur Trail Marathon or Half Marathon
Carmel California, October 5
Two simultaneous trail races winding through redwood, oak, and cypress forests along one of the most scenic coastlines in the country.
Contact: www.envirosports.com
Twenty-Four Hours of Moab
Moab, Utah, October 12 and 13
Grab three partners and take on as many seven-mile grueling and glorious laps in 24 hours on the region's legendary slickrock and singletrack mountain-bike trails.
Contact: www.grannygear.com

Death Valley Century Ride
Furnace Creek, California, November 2
A 100-mile road ride from the Furnace Creek Ranch (60 feet below sea level) through color saturated Death Valley to 1,293-foot Jubilee Pass, and then back down to Furnace Creek again. An epic experience.
Contact: www.planetultra.com

Sea Kayak in Everglades National Park
Flamingo, Florida, October anytime
Spend a wild week paddling around desolate coves, mangrove islands, and through manatee-rich waters in the Everglades while camping at night on empty beaches and wooden "chickees."
Contact: www.nps.gov/ever; 305-242-7700

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