Dip into the Drop Bag and refuel for your Active Pursuits with news and tips at the finish line of your day, or a coffee break serving as the equivalent of an endurance event aid station.
Hotel Impossible tackles Telemark: American Birkebeiner skiers and mountain bikers across the Midwest are all too familiar with the decay of the legendary Telemark Resort in Cable. Anthony Melchiori, the star of the Travel Channel’s Hotel Impossible, took a look and found himself immersed in the mismanagement and turf battles that have hindered improvements for decades.
Snowshoer ready for World Winter Games: Writing for the De Pere Journal, Todd McMahon crafted a terrific feature on Alex Guild, a snowshoer from Lawrence who will compete in the Special Olympics Winter Games in South Korea later this month. Guild lacks normal sensation in his extremities, but has raced through that challenge.
Arrowhead 135: Competitors will set off on Monday in one of the most challenging endurance races ever devised: 135 miles across the frozen expanse of northern Minnesota by foot, ski or bike. Local runner Parker Rios took second place last year in his division, and DirtRag offers this look at the tundra challenge.
A big loser:Aimee Smith’s high school classmates didn’t recognize her at their 25th class reunion. She has changed that dramatically, but physically and mentally. Smith lost 222 pounds and is now training for the Wisconsin Marathon and an Ironman. “You’ve got to change your relationship with food. Start thinking of it as fuel rather than a friend you can rush to whenever you’re having an emotional problem,” she says.
Be smart with dumbbells: It’s time to pull those old dumbbells out of the closet and make them an effective part of your strength-training routine. The Warrior Dash offers 13 exercises to build functional strength in short order.