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Scenes of the City: Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon

Esacape from Alcatraz swim.

Andy Potts celebrates as he comes to the finish line.

We rose early on Sunday and made our way down to Marina to capture the harrowing Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. Swim, bike, run and do it as quick as possible. This year's winner, Andy Potts finished the 1.5 mile swim, 18-mile bike and 8-mile run in just under two hours. Badass.

The athletes transition out of the water.

The Dailey Method vs. Burn vs. Mighty Pilates: A Toning Trifecta

The Daily Method vs. Burn vs. Migty Pilates

Just when I thought I had the perfect sculpting workout regime, I get Burned. Burn, the city's newest pilates-fusion workout brings cardio into San Francisco's search for the ultimate toning workout. And when a workout is called Burn, how can a fitness junkie not try it?

Clubbing: A Guide to the City's Golf Courses and Clubs

Put your Wii controller down, don a pair of vintage 
plaids, and get thee to the links.

3rd Street Gym: The Hardest Workout in San Francisco

I thought I was prepared for Boxing Boot Camp. I had spent three months upping my workouts at the gym to four times a week, including lots of cardio, weights, and sauna time. I dropped 10 pounds and 10 beats per minute from my resting heart rate. Surely I was ready for what 3rd Street Gym promotes, in its warmly homespun way, as “San Francisco’s Last Honest Boot Camp.” I wasn’t.

Where to Horseback Ride Within 1.5 Hours of SF

If you feel yourself wanting to ditch the cars, buses, trains and hustle, and calm down a little bit, might we suggest a leisurely horseback ride? Here are a few of our favorite spots to saddle up, hitch a ride on the back of a horse to soak in the beauty of the Bay Area.

Garrod Farms, in the Saratoga Foothills near San Jose

A Guide to Community Gardens Around the City

The plant-it-yourself movement in San Francisco is really picking up steam. But for anyone lacking a backyard or spacious deck perfect for sprouting plants and flowers, there's a bevvy of community gardens (like the Alemany Farm and the Hayes Valley Farm) dotting the city for you to live out your green-thumb dreams in. There are many more out there beyond the ones listed here. Find one in your neighborhood by clicking here.

Shiva Rea, Mickey Hart, Yoga, and Live Music at the Fillmore, May 21

This summer marks Wanderlust's third go at a yoga-and-music festival in Tahoe's Squaw Valley. Imagine lithe yogis practicing with top teachers (SF's Stephanie Snyder, Marin's MC Yogi, and more) backed by live music and then heading over to big stages to catch Girl Talk and Michael Franti. To get ready, the fest is taking over the Fillmore May 21. Tickets start at $25 and include two music-charged asana classes, sounds from the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart, and a trippy Trance Dance performance from the Madonna of yoga, Shiva Rea. 

Scenes of the City: SF Bikes to Work

For this week's Scenes of the City we hit the streets for the 17th annual Bike to Work Day.

Photos and Copy by Joseph Schell

Hordes of people on bikes flowed down Market St. all morning.

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