Adventure doesn’t have to be big

Adventure.  Everyone wants more but has no idea where to get it.  We know it’s good for our heart and soul.  And sometimes our legs and lungs.  Yet, it seems, less and less of us are adventuring.

 

Adventure is a huge part of our make up.  We as a human race traveled across mountain ranges just to see what was on the other side.  Risking life and the lives of the ones we love.

 

We hopped on rickety boats and sailed across the world.  We climbed mountains without supplemental oxygen, technical gear, or a stairmaster to train on.

 

So, we know it’s a part of what makes us human.  And yes, people are still going on amazing adventures.  We share their stories on podcasts like the Athlete On Fire show and Instagram feeds are inundated with tons of adventurers sharing their views and their thoughts on their experiences.

 

But, for every modern traveler with 80 thousand followers, how many of us are out there doing our thing?  Finding our adventure?  I don’t know.  But let’s at least make it easier to justify.

 

Adventure doesn’t have to be BIG.  I mean, it can be, but then you may just wait until everything is perfect and that’s just silly.  The best adventures are the ones that are not even close to perfect. A bad day in the woods is a much better memory than an uneventful one.

 

Some ways to think about what an adventure is today:

1. It’s something other people aren’t willing to do.

Going for a run at midnight or 4am in the morning in and of itself is an adventure.  Your senses are heightened. The same route you’d take in the middle of the day is completely different.  Just change one variable of a typical thing and it becomes adventurous.

2. Be willing to go somewhere different (MICRO).

This is a quite literal way of thinking of adventure.

You know what, hundreds of people climb Everest every year.

Thousands visit Machu Picchu.

That little grassy knoll on the side of the road 3 miles from your house though, probably noone has been up there in decades.  Find small ways to go places others aren’t going.

 

A friend and I were up in South Dakota recently.  We didn’t feel like driving to a trail head so we geared up and headed out the lodge and across the street.  We ducked into the woods and started climbing.  Snow fields and brush and downed trees.  We kept hiking and freaking ended up at the top of a ski resort.  Unique, unknown, and adventurous for sure.

3. Be willing to go somewhere different, to you.

So you live in the country, go visit the nearest city and go for a run. Hit up the stairwells of the biggest hotel.  New places are invigorating even if they are a few miles aways.  Same for you city dwellers.  Find dirt, play in it.

4. Get uncomfortable.

Raining out, hit the streets. Snowstorm coming?  Bundle up and get out there.  Being uncomfortable changes the stimulus.  Changed stimulus helps us take the world in in a different way.

 

Now, can you start thinking of adventure differently?  We have hundreds of ideas, and we’ll share more but for now get out there and adventure a little more.

 

Have fun adventure ideas?  Let us know in the comments!


 

The author is the host and founder of Athlete On Fire.  Every once in awhile, he blogs about real stuff and adventures as much as he possibly can in his home state, Colorado.
 Like the idea of training for adventure, check out some of our free Workouts for Adventures.

AOF:172 “The Mountains Are Calling and I Must Go.”

On The Show

  • Our guest is a world renowned author and alpinist with a different take on a similar story of adventure on the tops of the biggest mountains in the world.
  • We talk about what it takes to up and leave and live in a foreign country.
  • Why training plans don’t always work and what is next for her and her adventure.
  • She gives a great physical challenge and is a thoughtful and passionate athlete.  We think she bridged the gap pretty well.

 

 

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Camping in Nanga Parbat in Pakistan

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Climbing in Norway

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“Just For The Love Of It”

 

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Skiiing

 

 

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Why you need to go on an Adventure today.

Not all adventures are created equally but the habit of adventure needs to be trained. Are you bored with your routine? Is your training lacking inspiration? Do you crave just leaving to travel but financially or logistically it just isn’t possible right now?

 

Well, you and about 98% of the everyone have just been defined.

 

My grandfather told me this one day when I was about 10, I’ll never forget it and I still quote it to my boys and friends all the time.

If you pass up a penny on the ground what’s to say you won’t pass up a hundred dollar bill?

Adventure: The habit

It’s a habit.  A way of not passing up opportunities. Opportunities that are free mind you. I would even go on to say that if someone lost something and misses it, we should value it for them.

Bring this concept over to the idea of adventure.  Adventure is defined in a million ways. Here are a couple

Formally:

noun:
  1. an exciting or very unusual experience.
  2. participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises:the spirit of adventure.
  3. a bold, usually risky undertaking; hazardous action of uncertain outcome.

For this post:

  1. something you rarely, if ever, do
  2. an undertaking to take you out of your comfort zone
  3. to experience

 

Pennies v. dollars

So if pulling your car over on the way home from work to run at a park or trail you never stopped for before is a penny, then accepting an offer from a friend to go on a weekend trip to the mountains you have never been to is the hundred dollar bill.

Luke Tyburski created the Ultimate Triathlon just so he could do it!

Luke Tyburski created the Ultimate Triathlon just so he could do it!

 

Let’s brainstorm some adventures

Adventure is everywhere.  Let’s use the definitions “for this post” to come up with a few adventures.  There are millions so we can just name a few to get your creative juices flowing.

 

something you rarely, if ever, do

  • stop at a certain park or trail
  • get up super early or stay out super late for a trek, or even a walk around a different part of town
  • take guitar lessons
  • run the stairs where you work on your break

 

an undertaking to take you out of your comfort zone

  • visiting a home for senior citizens and going for walks
  • training for a marathon, or triathlon, or anything new to YOU
  • start a hobby business
  • podcast, or write, or start a youtube channel (trust me on this one)
I started a podcast. It turned into a business. Now I model the shirts we sell, talk about out of comfort zone.

I started a podcast. It turned into a business. Now I model the shirts we sell, talk about out of comfort zone.

 

to experience

  • try a new treatment like acupuncture or hot stone therapy
  • take a funky new or intimidating class like pilates, mma, or crossfit
  • go to a show at a community theatre
  • shop at an asian market or somewhere different to you

 

So these adventures.  These are the pennies. The low hanging fruit for wannabe adventurers.  We are strengthening the muscle that will eventually say, “What the hell, let’s go to Vietnam,” or “yeah, I can quit this job and start this business.”

“What the hell, let’s go to Vietnam,” or “yeah, I can quit this job and start this business.”

The challenge:

Go on an adventure today.  Come on, you see how we define adventure.  Start training for the big ones with some little and probably, just as memorable ones.  I’d love to hear what you come up with.  Just tag #aofadventure or reach out @athleteonfire on FB or Twitter.

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It allowed for the best moments of Ray’s travels and adventures to surface without the fluff that some audio shows have.  More below the images

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Death Valley Extreme run.. with Ray Zahab, Chris Roman and Will Laughlin(runners)… Bob Cox, David Bohn Support crew plus others

Death Valley Extreme run.. with
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I asked some pretty interesting questions, to me anyways. Here are a couple that really stood out:
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  • Give up one: sight, hearing, use of legs.  Because I know people without these things I always wonder what it would be like, but if you could choose?  Just curious I suppose.
  • What is you favorite Matt Damon movie?  There is a legit reason for this one, you’ll have to listen.

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