As a spouse, it's important to remain open-minded when it comes to the ideas and suggestions posed by your partner. And so when my husband suggested we take a sailing course called 'Cruising,' I forced my face to assume a pleasant facade until he finished the pitch.
I'm a bit impulsive, so when a chance came to race around a Grand Prix track at 150 miles an hour in a supercharged, ground-hugging, open-to-the-elements, hell-on-wheels speedster in Austin, Texas, I said, "Sure."
I love chilling out at the beach or a spa as much as the next person for a vacation -- but sometimes to relax you just need to kick things into high gear, to challenge yourself and to try something new.
Imagine sharing a 29-foot rowboat with three other athletes for three to four weeks. Round the clock, you're alternating two-hour rowing shifts with two hours of sleep in the small, cramped cabin. At all moments, your crew must be on the alert for storms, ships, logs, and killer whales.
A common item for a lot of people, for whatever reason, is skydiving. But I don't need to do that; I've already leaped off a cliff in Brazil strapped to a hang glider and had the experience of freefall and flight.