Get Your Ride On!

May 14-20 is Bike Week in Massachusetts!  See what's going on and how you can participate...  In the meatime, I thought I'd re-share some of my favorite rides that might help you prepare, get in shape, and get your mind in bike mode. This is, of course, just a starting's all about the adventure, so use this to get started, then blaze your own trail!

click here for link to detailed route map on Google

Bike Routes

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Winter Ocean Plunge: Recap

polar plunge

One of BostonSOS' earliest spectacles was a surreal "beach celebration" on the subway back in 2008, when dozens of us dressed up in hula skirts, cabanawear and sunscreen, then rode the Blue Line to the North Shore beaches in the middle of March. We slathered on sunscreen, handed out leis, held limbo competitions, basked in the "sun," and otherwise ignored the fact that it was winter in New England...and that we were, umm, yeah, on the subway.

Fast forward to February 2011 - almost exactly three years later - and there we were again: in bathing suits and sunglasses, riding a Wonderland-bound train on a frigid winter morning, towels in hand and visions of the beach in our heads. Only this time, winter hats replaced sunscreen; scarves replaced leis; and on this biting, 37-degree winter day, we were actually going swimming in the freakin' Atlantic Ocean.

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The Polar Bear Plunge

Editor's note: Jenny has bravely participated in the Monument Beach Polar Bear Plunge two years in a row! Way to go, Jenny! There's still time to join our winter ocean plunge team for the one at Revere Beach this Saturday! Sign up now!!



So there I was at Phinney's Harbor on a snowy beach with a crowd of locals for the 13th Annual Monument Beach Polar Bear Plunge. According to the guy on the bullhorn, the air temp was 34° and the water temp was 30°.

Polar Bear Plunge: Before

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Winter Ocean Plunge

winter-beach-plungeWe just couldn't get enough of 'taking our pants off in public' this winter, so us Adventure bloggers have decided to sign up for the 2011 Passion Plunge at Revere Beach this February. The water is going to be FREEZING, but it's all for two really good causes (in no particular order):

~ Living Adventurously
~ Supporting the Special Olympics

There are three ways you can get involved.

A: You can join our team and ask your friends, family, and/or coworkers to donate a small amount to sponsor your madness.

B: If you're not willing to brave the chilly waters, you could simply join the team (still asking people to sponsor you) and only come to the beach to offer support (that includes wearing our team costume!)

C: If you'd rather stay indoors under a blanket with a bowl of hot soup, you could just make a donation and receive warm and happy feelings for doing a nice thing! A small $7 or $8 donation will go a long way to helping us out!


Have an adventure by having no choice

winter-cartwheelsBlogger, Brett Kelly shares his method for overcoming anxiety towards trying something new. It's the same method I employ, so I thought I'd share it with you because it's pretty darn effective. Essentially, you set yourself up to do something you're afraid to do, and create a situation where if you DON'T do it, you'll have serious financial or social consequences.

For example, one idea Brett suggests is buying a plane ticket to someplace you've always wanted to go and make the ticket purchase non refundable. You might have no idea what to do or how to get by when you get there, but if you don't go, you'll be out some serious bucks.

This method works for everything in life- from promising to your loved ones you're making something new for dinner or buying a movie ticket for a film or genre you'd normally not watch. In Brett's words:

Believe me when I say that, if you legitimately do this and try like hell to not look back, you’ll feel superhuman once you hit the finish line.

Now go find your something you’re afraid of and kick its ass without mercy.

Read Brett's entire post, How to Overcome Anxiety by Making it Your Only Option, at his blog, Bridging the Nerd Gap.


Say YES! to Pantlessness!


Last January, I took part in the No Pants Subway Ride, organized by the Boston Society of Spontaneity. The January 2011 event registration is now open.

The crowd gathered at the Alewife T station, as instructed. Organizers were identified by umbrellas. While waiting for our group assignments, I struck up a conversation with two lovely gals from Newton named Jess and MJ.

Boston SOS organizers at Alewife T station.New friends.

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