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There are two ways to do Kona. Uber Kona is qualifying for the Ironman World Championships, torpedoing through the swim, crushing the bike and running home in under nine hours. You savour your achievements with fresh mahi mahi then retire to pamper yourself at the $1,500 a night Four Seasons at Hualalai, cooling off in your suiteâ€™s outdoor shower crafted from lava rock. Sweet.
Dropping into the Mountain Hero trail on Montana Mountain in Carcross.
Historic gold rush trails rebuilt into mountain bike magic
By SEAMUS McGRATH
Thousands of prospectors were lured north by stories of riches in the Klondike gold rush in the 1890s, but the bounty was short lived, barely three years. Today, adventurers discover a different kind of gold in the Yukon â€” amazing mountain biking, kind people and beautiful scenery.
From top left: Michael Kosak pours a taste at La Stella Winery; riding Black Sage Road; Okanagan orchards, kitsch at Home Hardware
DRINK IN the desert
Osoyoos a vintage destination for active visitors with a thirst for fine wine
By CHRIS WELNER
Thereâ€™s a symbiotic relationship between pain and pleasure. Itâ€™s a feeling you get grinding up a Cat 2 mountain on two wheels, or stretching a long run an extra 5K while pushing the pace into the homestretch. It hurts. Itâ€™s supposed to hurt. But thereâ€™s a payoff, too.
From jungle runs to surf school, itâ€™s heaven on earth
BY PETE ESTABROOKS
Teo Prestinary strolls out of Tica Pilates class a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean, spots me and shouts, â€śHey, mi amigo, itâ€™s been too long.â€ť He pulls me into his sweaty chest for a hug, the warmth of which outweighs its grotty nature.
I tell him I arrived this morning in Nosara and need a long run. Teo is an ultra-runner with a cat-like intuition, and back-of-your-hand knowledge of the Costa Rican jungle. â€śEasy,â€ť he replies, â€śWe start at nine tomorrow.â€ť
Salt Lake City a vast playground for active adventures
BY RANDALL SHIRLEY
Iâ€™m in pure bliss, lying on Roger Olbrotâ€™s massage table in Salt Lake City. If I make my brain squint, itâ€™s February 2002, and Iâ€™m an Olympic athlete preparing to ski my way to a gold medal. Iâ€™m having my muscles worked by Olbrot, director of massage during the Games, who applies the perfect pressure to my glutes and gives my hamstrings a good stretch.
But itâ€™s 2013, and Iâ€™m no Olympic athlete. I am, however, enjoying an exquisite massage. Iâ€™m in Utah to explore its Olympic legacy, and Olbrotâ€™s talented hands are a part of that â€” the same hands that worked on world-class athletes now provide my own gold medal experience for $60.