Ragnar Trail Relay – Vail Lake

Run. Camp. Sleep? Repeat.

I think Ragnar got it right with their slogan for the Ragnar Trail Relay Series. Plenty of excellent trail running, camping out with friends and very little sleep repeated several times over the course of the day and night at beautiful Vail Lake in Temecula, CA made for a great time.  And there were s’mores! Plenty of complimentary s’mores to munch on while cheering on your team mates.  Besides the beautiful venue, excellent trails and a well-executed event it doesn’t get much better than s’mores!

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30 Days/30 Burpees Challenge…What’s Your Excuse?

Can you commit to doing 30 burpees a day for 30 days?

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Join the Spartan Challenge that Spartan Race co-founder Joe Desena put to the world at his recent appearance on TedX Beacon Street.

Get off the couch!  It’s only 30 burpees a day!  Double it or triple it for an even bigger personal challenge.  Or do 100 burpees a day!  For some inspiration check out amazing athlete Amanda Sullivan crushing it despite some challenging physical conditions from traumatic accidents:

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What’s your excuse?

Ruck On. Stay Muddy.

The Burpee on TedX – Joe Desena Explains It All To You

The BURPEE has made it to the big-time intellectual party…TedX!

“Burpees are the ultimate exercise for humans.”

~ Joe Desena

Spartan Race co-founder (and mastermind behind the Death Race) Joe Desena talks at TedX Beacon Street about the virtues of the burpee, swimming pools, Big Evil and the burpee challenge he took on.

“What’s interesting about the swimming pool, it’s very much like the human body. The human body is 13 gallons of water on average, swimming pool typically is 20,000 gallons of water. If you were to take french fries and coffee and soda and all the things we eat on a daily basis then dump it into 20,000 gallons of water that pool wouldn’t do very well. It would turn green pretty quickly. But yet we expect our 13 gallon pool here to handle that. The other interesting thing about the swimming pool is…only the top 15% of the pool actually gets cleaned in most cases. And that’s like us going to the gym and going walking doing all these things we mostly call exercise. The burpee, on the other hand, rips the pool out of the ground, shakes it up, and gets every square inch of the pool clean.”

~ Joe Desena

[* The video clip begins at his introduction but if you get lost or need to rewind go back to 8:03:42]

Ruck On. Stay Muddy.

Direct link to YouTube video: Joe Desena on TedXBeacon Street

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