Drivers careen at a blinding 85 miles per hour around the track at Dallas Karting Complex. In order to take the wheel of a high-speed Rotax DD2 karts, racers must pass a few tests, including achieving a 74-second lap time on the 0.8-mile track, reaching 16 years of age, and being able to recite three quotes from The Fast and the Furious in iambic pentameter. Drivers who don't meet the high-octane criteria or are interested in a simpler ride can zip around the track's 17 turns in lower-speed karts, starting at the 30-miles-per-hour cadet carts for kids aged 7–15 or the karts for adults that burn rubber at highway speeds. The 25-acre facility has enough room to host racing parties for kids and adults, as well as corporate meetings to discuss the feasibility of commuting to work in a Rotax DD2.
Defining CrossFit can sometimes seem like trying to hit a moving target. It improves the body's ability to function in ten domains of fitness, it dreams up different workouts everyday, and it encompasses an ever-expanding repertoire of techniques. It’s almost easier to describe CrossFit by discussing what it's not.
"We have no ellipticals, no smoothie bar, no mirrors, and no excuses," say the coaches of CrossFit Royse City. Instead, they focus on hard work, combining modern techniques such as swinging kettlebells and using resistance bands with classic workouts such as Olympic-style weightlifting or recreational barn-raising.
Bob Landon has been making wine for decades, but he didn't always have French oak barrels and stainless steel tanks at his disposal. His first forays into small-batch winemaking took place in his basement, but like Batman's love of justice, his hobby was soon elevated to a profession. Today, he and the Landon Winery staff cultivate Texas–grown viognier and tempranillo grapes into a rotating selection of house varietals.
At either location, oenophiles can deepen their knowledge of wines or simply explore the facilities. The McKinney location features an old well that dates back more than 150 years, and the 15,000 square foot Greenville location boasts more than 100 oak barrels filled with grapey blends and one batch of orange juice just pretending. Landon Winery also hosts events and classes that allow visitors to pair wines with food, sample sips, and make their own custom wines.
A lush tapestry of Bermuda grass unfurls across 6,532 yards of rolling hills to form Stone River Golf Club's 18-hole course. A relatively open layout, the course lulls golfers into a comfortable rhythm before surprising them with the occasional fairway-side pond, strategically placed tree lines, or undercover course rangers that work as process servers. The par-5 16th—the course's hardest-rated hole—requires a long tee shot and a long-iron or short-wood approach shot to reach the green in two, which sits 590 yards from the tee box. Golfers can prepare for rounds by taking cuts at the irons-only driving range, getting a feel for the putting surface on the practice green, or passive aggressively introducing clubs to their potential replacements at the pro shop.
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Whispering Winds Training Center’s resident trainer and instructor Debbie Lavallee disseminates her equine expertise and lifelong passion to students through riding lessons. Debbie trained for nearly five years in Germany, where she studied the riding style of dressage, a sport in which the rider guides the horse in performing smooth athletic feats and must refrain from rewarding the animal with cheddarwurst. Though the center specializes in dressage, it can also accommodate western-style riding, since its primary focus is fostering communication between horse and rider, regardless of style.