December 06, 2011
Mandatory gear: Swim cap, goggles, swimsuit or wetsuit; optional gear: pfd (life jacket)
The gist: Triathletes do it. You can too! Ditch pool laps for a lake swim.
You need to know how to swim well. You need to know city rules about kicking out past beach barriers. But once you have determined that open water swimming is right for you, the activity can be a liberating experience for swimmers tired of laps in a pool. With the rise of triathlons in the U.S., a sport that has an open-water swimming section in each race, swimming across small lakes or doing long laps parallel to the shore has experienced a surge. Look into local triathlon clubs or open-water swimming groups for instruction and introduction before “taking the plunge.”
- PHOTO CONTEST!
Do you bike urban singletrack trails? Maybe you build two-story snow forts? Submit a photo and a caption of yourself being a "Weekday Warrior" to win Köppen gear! We'll highlight the best submissions on this page. (Submission form is below on left; upload as many photos as you see fit, and we'll contact you if your image wins!)
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a Weekday Warrior
Ad Hoc "Alleycat" Bike Race
Mimic the routine of a professional bike messenger.
Skateboarding with Dog
Kick and glide on your skateboard.
Capture the Flag, Ghost in the Graveyard, and Kick the Can.
Open Water Swimming
Triathletes do it. You can too! Ditch pool laps for a lake swim.
Trails? Pff. Who needs trails when you can walk in the woods!
Bike to Work
Leave the car behind. Freedom and exercise on your commute.
Get your flashlight ready. Hiking in the dark is a whole new world.