65 percent of your max, but you push it higher on the hill-climb bursts.
99 percent of your max. You know it’s a good ride if you puke and then pass out.
35 percent of your max. You like to sing while you ride and if you push too hard you can’t hit the high notes.
Carbo-loading and catching up on the last three seasons of Law and Order.
Sleeping in until 9 a.m., hydrating, and a casual hike before a healthy dinner.
An early wake-up-call for a technical all-day mountain-bike ride through the desert
Waiting for my iPod to turn on.
Sign up for a lesson to learn some basics before taking it into whitewater.
Prop it up in the garage. It looks great beside those skis you’ve never used.
Put in on the biggest river you can find. So what that there’s a flash-flood warning?
Buying a super-sized bottle of ibuprofen and pulling 100 laps per day. No pain, no gain.
Cross training. You can rest your out-of-whack arm but stay all-around strong.
Tanning. If you’re not fit, you can at least look the part of a seasoned swimmer.
A few weeks of whole, organic foods and lots of water.
Laying off the chips and Twinkies for a week.
Nothing but water, lemon and cayenne for 10 days.
Food, gas, utility bills, and Christmas gifts for the kids.
An occasional dinner out. You’ll save double by cooking and not shelling out to the sitter.
The gym membership and the running shoes you also need to replace.
Organize your garage. It’s been so long since you’ve used your gear, it’s a mess.
Jump back into your marathon training plan. It’s no big deal to go from 5 to 20 miles, is it?
Overnight and hike in the nearest national park.
Nothing changes, you’ll e-mail all morning and haul them screaming on your 5-mile run.
Did somebody say movie marathon? You’ll fuel it with a homemade batch of brownies.
Pack everyone up for a hike. It’s just 2 miles to the fam’s favorite lakeside picnic spot.
Campground reservations, sleeping bags, the first-aid kit, and s’mores for everyone.
Your desk and file cabinet, a permit to tag a big summit, and moleskin for the kids.
A couple of makeshift shelters and a pizza delivery to campsite “Backyard Bliss.”