The trail: Valencia Peak in Montaña de Oro State Park. From San Luis Obispo, drive north on Los Osos Valley Road toward Los Osos. Follow the road about 9 miles until it turns into Pecho Valley Road. Follow the curvy road for about 4 miles to reach the trailhead just past the park’s visitors center.
Bassmaster Elite pro Jared Lintner and his fellow 107 pros began experiencing what Central Coast bass fishermen have not seen in a long, long time: namely, a lake that is not only full but also flooded.
Debbie Dawson has swum with dolphins and in the dark and in water so cold that her body once went numb for the last half-mile of a race. In one open-water race, she encountered a marlin she thought was a shark. Sometimes her blood rushes to her core to the point in which she can't breathe. Or she'll reach her arm into the water and come up with her hand covered in seaweed.
It's no secret that the best endurance athletes in the world have coaches who guide their training, analyze their performances, assess their strengths and weaknesses, and help them reach new heights. At stake are world records, national titles, financial success and potential fame.
The deaths of four people - three hikers, one mountain biker, all only in their 20s - during Arizona's ongoing heat wave are horrifying. And even though the Dallas area has barely hit 100 degrees, much less the 114 experienced in Tucson in Sunday, our steamy, sultry, sweat-inducing heat needs to be observed and honored. Here are five ways of being smart during outdoor workouts (in addition to wearing sunscreen and sunglasses):
Last month, Gary and Alea Helmick experienced the feeling of being in the spotlight in their sport, placing fifth in their respective divisions in the Atlantic Regional to qualify for the Reebok CrossFit Games next month in Carson, Calif.