Endurance

Polar Plunges Are For the Weak

Ever wanted to swim for a mile in just-above-freezing temperature water? Didn't think so. But a handful of swimmers are taking the challenge.

Endurance Training at 40+

“The heart is a muscle. If you train it, it becomes bigger and stronger, so the pump can be more efficient.”

How to Race (and Live) Like a Spartan

“Am I intense? Yes, I’ll be the first to admit it.” So writes Joe De Sena about a third of the way into his new book, Spartan Up!, out May 13 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Guts, Glory, and Chocolate Milk

Apolo Ohno rose to athletic fame in short track speed skating. Over the course of three winter Olympics, he won eight medals in events that topped out at just over two-minutes long. So when the Built...

Lifting Heavy for Endurance Gains

Contrary to popular practice, pumping iron during resistance workouts helps runners pump their legs during races. A study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that maximal and...

The Comeback King

It's a long road to the 2016 Olympics and Phelps isn't guaranteed a spot. But he's back in the pool and things are going swimmingly.

Riding Away from a Broken Marriage

After 18 years, Andrew Tilin’s marriage ended with a crash, leaving him in a crippling state of sorrow, anger, and loneliness. He decided to get serious about riding again, hoping that the pain and...

Shave Your Way to Better Cycling

It makes you faster. It lessens the sting of road rash. It’s a rite of passage. Compelling reasons for cyclists to shave their legs abound. Here’s the best stuff to shine them up right.

Guerillas on Two Wheels

Frustrated with complacent city officials, some bicyclists are painting their own lanes, installing signs, and making mischief intended to send a loud message to motorists: it's time to cycling...