Strava Review


My life is pretty data driven. If there’s a numerical way to evaluate something, I like to explore that. Sometimes this earns some well deserved eye rolls, when I do things like calculate how much it costs per hour to own a kayak. Of course, we all know that people can be all over the spectrum when it comes to this sort of analysis. I don’t think any of you readers are like this (I mean come on, this is Optimizing Adventure after all), but we all know someone on the opposite end that will go buy toilet paper in a 4-pack at the grocery store each time they need it without a second thought. Funnily enough though, I’ve found one specific area where everyone is data driven.

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Snow Summit Bike Park


I am pretty old-fashioned when it comes to my sports. I spent many of my weekends in middle and high school walking through the woods and burning logs at night, which humans have done for millennia but has only recently become known as the sport of “backpacking”. Skiing is old too – we’ve only been recently using it in a way that involves blasting carved turns down a groomed slope at sixty miles an hour and resting in cozy lodges between runs, but people have strapped long sticks to their feet to navigate snow since the dawn of time. I do have one sport which definitely bucks this trend.

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Ice Bucket Challenge – Optimizing Adventure Style

By now, you’re all aware of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that’s been all over your social media accounts, television screens, etc. for the last week or two. The other day, I received a challenge from my cousin Cameron. I knew I had to accept, but I wasn’t up for the typical challenge. This being Optimizing Adventure, I decided to answer the following questions:

  • How can I make the Ice Bucket Challenge more Adventerous?
  • Where would I most like to get a bucket of ice dumped on my head?

Click through to see the answers and my Ice Bucket Challenge video! If you like it, consider making a donation if you haven’t already.

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Mountain Biking at La Costa Preserve – Video

Mountain Biking at La Costa Preserve

I’ve mentioned in several posts now that one of the great things about San Diego and the country as a whole is that open space is plentiful and well distributed. Wherever you are, you can be on a trail within minutes. In Carlsbad area, one of these neighborhood trail systems is the La Costa Preserve. My co-worker Steve and I often ride mountain bikes here after work, and it’s quickly become one of my favorite local rides in the area – not something you’d drive too far to seek out, but an awesome option if you live or work near or are just passing through. Click through to watch a quick video that I’ve put together using GoPro footage from a few of our rides there.

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