Everyone, including professional athletes, feels pressure. Gutsy athletes like Aussie free-diver Christina Saenz de Santamaria and radical rope swinger Devin Supertramp, however, handle the triggered burst of the fight-or-flight hormone, adrenaline, better.
The reason for such apparent ice-veined cool is not just superior genetics. Bold high-achievers have a grasp of the art of stress management – and we can all learn to improve our composure. Here are five tips on how to stay calm under pressure. Read at the Adrenalist..
If you have a low boredom threshold and an urge to spice up your workout, adventure racing might be just the ticket. Adventure racing takes you off-road on a wild journey where you tackle a combination of extreme sports, potentially anything from mountain biking to caving to climbing.
Adventure racing is hard, especially because the map of the route you take may be kept secret until the last moment. If, however, you have what it takes to stay the course, adventure racing can be your source of adrenaline-fueled exhilaration. Are you game?
Here are the best adventure races.
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Sporting events do not get much more primal than the Mud Olympics. This competition caters to athletes who find joy in taking their sport off the field, court or even slope and bringing it to the filthy mudflats of Central Europe’s Elbe river.
The location: Brunsbuttel, northern Germany. The schedule: soccer, volleyball, tug-of-war, an “eel relay race,” snorkeling and a form of skiing that decries the gliding elegance of the white powder kind. Read more at the Adrenalist..
On July 15, Zurich’s Ironman Triathlon kicks off. Competitors complete a 3.8km swim, followed by a scenic 180km bike ride and then a 42.2k run. Sound like your kind of race?
If we’ve stoked your appetite, here are five more extreme triathlons to consider. Just know you need to be in superb physical condition if you want to even get close to crossing the finish line.
Once you do, however, you can brag for the rest of your life. Read more at the Adrenalist..
The San Fermin Fiesta in Pamplona, Spain, running from July 6–14, has been described as “adrenaline over the top.” That is an understatement.
The fiesta features runners racing with a dozen or so bulls. Unleashed on a sectioned-off stretch of Pamplona streets, the bulls cover the half-mile course in about two minutes. At points, they have been clocked at speeds faster than an Olympic sprinter. Runners will be with the bulls for just about ten yards that may feel like the longest of their lives before the beasts barrel past.
Even two months before San Fermin, a runner may start brooding about the coming of the bulls — cue perspiration and a racing pulse. As the half-mile run gets closer, anticipation sharpens. When, finally, the rocket goes off, fear evaporates and everything goes blank. As the bulls barrel past, he feels a wave of extreme relief mingled with exaltation.
Le Mans has run almost every year since 1923 at the Sarthe road-racing circuit near Le Mans, France. According to the Guardian, the event was founded “as a way of showing potential customers that your headlamps, windscreen wipers and canvas hoods could function at high speed around the clock.” The cars of Le Mans are of either the rocket swift “Prototype” sports car variety or the more modest, realistic “Grand Touring” variety.
The race runs in June, on one of the year’s shortest nights. Competitors whip around a circuit stretching about 8.5 miles (13.6 km).
Since 1928, the format for the race has been very simple – victory goes to the car that travels the farthest in a 24-hour stint. A driver just has to keep going round as fast as possible without faltering as night turns to day. Success depends on huge, sustained concentration.
Here are the Le Mans champions from the past five years and highlights from each epic race. Read more at the Adrenalist..
Bathurst-based entrepreneur Rod Walker promotes what the History Channel calls “the most dangerous collision sport in history”: jousting.
The former coal miner keen on horses graduated to jousting by way of foot combat.
His jousting business, Full Tilt, “kicked off” in 2003.
“Before that, jousting was just a hobby club,” says Walker, 41. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald..
Full Contact Jousting makes for some addictive viewing, as anyone who has seen the Nat Geo series, Knights of Mayhem, will agree.
Touted as the next extreme sport, full-contact jousting mixes speed and fury with simplicity and history. In our digital society, there is something irresistibly compelling about the sight of armored knights riding at each other full-tilt and colliding with hurtling truck force.
Here’s your chance to peek behind the pageantry and get a full, physical sense of the explosive sport.
Ten stunning facts about Full Contact Jousting at the Adrenalist..
If you thought boxing was hard, think just how tough it must be to shine at “chessboxing”.
The name of this ultra-demanding adrenaline sport may suggest fusion fighting atop a giant chessboard. But chessboxing splits the two activities that its name implies. Participants perform them separately, using brain and brawn heavily in a case of “You throw a hook, I take your rook.”
Read more at the Adrenalist..
Fiery Death Valley invites comparisons with the Planet Mars. For most adventurers, just driving to Death Valley and hiking its scorching surface is challenge enough. The 140 mile-long California crater set some 130 miles from Las Vegas presents extreme conditions.
Death Valley is the lowest, driest and hottest place in North America. In 2001, Death Valley notched up daytime high temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) for 153 days running.
Still, some adventurers treat the spectacular rip in the earth as an arena for exploration. Find out what thrills that Death Valley offers besides the chance to zoom around it in a jeep. Read more at the Adrenalist…