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Mission: Incredible

I'm built like a swimmer—Shamu the killer whale, to be precise—and I consider typing to be strenuous aerobic exercise. My idea of adventure is renting a video I haven't seen twice before, and I'd rather be in a hospital than a tent. Just the person for adventure racing school, huh?

So when my boss "suggested" I check out the Presidio Adventure Racing Academy outside San Francisco, I just about laughed in his face. Finally we agreed that I'd go, do as much as I could manage without involving a cardiologist, and watch the rest. The weekend would involve a day of training, then a two-day race.

The folks at Presidio sent me a list of required gear, including about a dozen items I'd never heard of. They also suggested a "conditioning" regimen. So I borrowed and bought an assortment of synthetic garments, and embarked on an all-day garden tour. I was ready, sort of.

(Note: My trip to Presidio was paid for by Salomon, a sports gear company that has sponsored several adventure racing teams. They made no effort to influence this story nor did they preview it.)

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