I first heard about the Vipassana meditation 2 years ago on a podcast where the host went on a retreat for 10 days of complete silence. It comes from the Buddhist tradition, is free, and attracts people from all walks of life. I knew immediately that it was something I wanted to do.
For the past year I have been training for the 24 hour Ultraskate held annually at the NASCAR speedway in Homestead, Florida. For those of you unfamiliar, it is an endurance competition where one pushes, pumps, or paddles a skateboard for 24 straight hours.