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Maybe though, there is a way to experience Spain by moving through it – instead of plonking oneself in a villa and growing porky on delicious food. In fact, we have it on good authority that using your body to propel yourself through hundreds of kilometres of Spanish countryside is going to be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. (read more…)
By Monique Savin
Image by Jeff Minton
Occupation: Bassist in Red Hot Chili Peppers
Residence: Malibu, California
Editor’s note: This is the full version of the interview published in November, along with a bonus post-race Q&A.
How did you get into running?
Well, I was never much of a runner before–maybe a little jog here and there, probably never more than a mile in my whole life. Last year, I read Born to Run and it affected me profoundly–the concept of our bodies being used for their real purpose when they’re running. I thought, F–k it. I’m gonna run a marathon and raise money for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. As a musician I’m about expressing what’s inside, and I think everyone has a song in them that they need to get out, whatever their gig is. And with running, my body has another way to express itself.
Highlining at Cathedral Peak, Yosemite, California
Photograph by Mikey Schaefer
“On the highline my thoughts are simple and clear,” says pioneering rock climber, BASE jumper, and wing suit flyer Dean Potter. “Fundamental needs shine through the mental clutter. I focus completely on my breath, my connection with the line, and making it safely to the other side.” This highline was set up on the summit of Cathedral Peak, in Yosemite National Park, at an elevation of 10,911 feet. Though Potter is untethered, he is in control. “I’ve always been a ‘free soloist.’ Whatever I do, I long to be untethered and free,” notes Potter. “I am completely confident with my ability to catch the line if I were to fall. I’ve practiced this catch move successfully for the past 19 years.”