Outdoor

Cycle the Iditarod in search of pain

There is an idea among people who spend a lot of time in the wild that the path is our teacher. And when you talk to serious outdoor adventurers, you quickly realize just how powerful trail teaching can be. Take the case of professional endurance athlete Rebecca Rusch, who received training over the past few winters while biking across the Alaska Range as a racing driver on the 350-mile Iditarod Trail Invitational. Rusch has long been lauded for her ability to navigate the most excruciatingly excruciating competitive events, but she discovered a new breed of ailment in Alaska – it was exactly what she was looking for. In this episode of our new series, The Wild Files, Rusch takes us through her toughest moments on the trail and explains why moving way outside of her comfort zone was essential to her progress as an athlete and as a person.

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