By Andrew Hucks |Staff Writer|
The Wild Coyote Adventure Challenge is a test of strength, speed, agility and, most of all, commitment.
Similar to an iron-man or triathlon, the Challenge requires participants to run/walk/hike 14 miles, cycle 70 miles, row/paddle 210 minutes and climb 1190 feet (35 routes on the recreation center’s rock wall). All of which must be completed between October 1, 2012 and November 16, 2012 at whatever pace participants choose.
You have some options for how to complete the minimum requirements but all of it must be sanctioned and counted by the recreation center.
The rowing can be done on one of the recreation center’s rowing machines or on one of the three CSUSB outdoor paddling trips: Oct. 13-14 in Santa Barbara, Oct. 27 for Stand Up Paddle Boarding in the aquatic center or Oct. 28 on the Palos Verdes kayaking trip.
You can choose to walk or run on one of the many treadmills, elliptical or ski machines in the recreation center, hike on the stair-climber or on one of the two upcoming outdoor hiking trips. The San Gorgonio backpacking trip will take place on Oct. 19-21. The Mt. Lowe Railway Hike will take place on Nov. 3.
Climbing may be completed on the rock wall in the air-conditioned recreation center or on the Oct. 7 Intro to Climbing trip.
The biking may be done in the recreation center because there are no scheduled outdoor biking events, but participants may use any of the bikes, including the revolutionary new spin bikes that CSUSB recently bought.
These spin bikes use a kevlar belt which simulates a bike chain far more realistically than previous models. Students may also log their bike requirements in one of the many spin classes offered in the recreation center.
If it sounds like a lot of work, you’re correct. But spacing the requirements up into daily workouts makes it much more manageable. Doing the daily minimum requirements means that participants meet the Surgeon General’s recommendations for a healthy lifestyle.
Some people, like Danny Provencio, complete the whole challenge in three days. “It’s kind of a competition between my friends and I,” said Provencio. “We push each other pretty hard.”
Some people even pay the entry fee twice just so they can do the challenge again after completion.
Fitness coordinator Barry Greene Jr. explained the sense of pride and accomplishment that comes with completing the challenge.
“You walk around with your chest out and your head held high when you are wearing that T-shirt, it’s not an easy thing to do,” said Greene.
The entry fee is $10 and that covers the log, a Wild Coyote Adventure Challenge T-shirt and your entry into the drawing for participants.
“We give away a bunch of stuff,” said Greene. “It’s worth the $10.”
Some of the prizes include stuffed CSUSB coyotes, book bags and a yet to be revealed grand prize (last year it was a two-day golfing trip). And it doesn’t matter how fast you finish, everybody that completes it has the same chance of winning.
The challenge has been set, will you accept? If so, get over to the recreation center and sign up between now and Nov. 16 and get healthy.