I just renewed my subscription to Outside magazine. The days are long past when I have had close to a dozen magazines in my mailbox every month. I am now down to just three: Outside, Backpacker, and Dirt Rag, an east coast mountain bike magazine.
It’s always find at least one major article that I find interesting in each issue. However, I just re-read the January 2013 issue.
It was in an old pile of stuff. I was surprised to find four featured long articles that appealed to me.
Here’s what I’m talking about: An article about how short-intense workout efforts might be more useful than long slow hours in the saddle ( referenced below). And then there’s an article about James Balog’s 2014 Emmy Award Winning documentary- Chasing Ice ( check this one out on Netflix). A detailed and balanced report about the “who doesn’t have it?” App Strava follows, and there’s even a killer story about how sports psychology can make a difference in mental fitness.
With so much online right now, we really don’t need to have any print coming in the mailbox. I still like to engage in reading a magazine now and then, and I’m still impressed with the quality of the offerings in Outside. The twice annual Buyer’s Guides that come with a couple of the issues don’t generally offer me anything . I don’t keep them around, and pass them on.
May be I can pass the print copy of January 2013 on as well, as I just realized that all of the individual links that I’ve posted above can be found in one place on the Outside web site. All the past issues are online. I think that’s now the norm, but it’s still pretty incredible!