Summer is Coming

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I was wearing jeans and a sweater on May 22nd, and that isn't surprising. After all, springtime temperatures can be unpredictable. A mere three weeks later and we have entered that phase when the temperature has two readings, hot and hotter. What does an athlete, especially one in training for late summer and early fall events do when the temperatures reach boiling? Hydrate, work out in the early … [Read more...]

Better Together

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Arkansas Outside doesn't usually cover social events, but this weekend we attended what could be considered the social event of the season. The nuptials were planned for Saturday night. The couple of the hour, Stacy Tierney and Steven Long, lined up as they had on so many other Saturday mornings since they met, surrounded by several hundred cyclists. Instead of spending the entire day mired … [Read more...]

Gran Fondo: Italian for Will Ride for Food

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Gran Fondo loosely translates to long distance or big ride or something like that, but considering my experience is limited to two years of the Little Rock Gran Fondo, I say it means will ride for food, and possibly beer. Ben E. Keith food distributors is one of the principal partners in the LR Gran Fondo. Part of the appeal of the Fondo format is the relative luxury of aid stations stocked not … [Read more...]

Rock N Stroll Temper Tantrum

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As I was wandering around the Heifer International parking lot before the start of the annual Riverfest Rock-N-Stroll 5K, race organizer Katie Eisenhower appeared with a guitar in her hand. It wasn't a prop and it wasn't just any guitar; this guitar had a scrawled black signature on the body. Each year, one of Riverfest's main acts signs a guitar that is given away by drawing from the entrants in … [Read more...]

Cyclofemme

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As I write these words, it has been five days since I met forty-seven women, a gaggle of kids, and a batch of manbassadors at Murray Park to ride the 4th annual Central Arkansas Cyclofemme ride. In the weeks leading up to the ride I reminisced over hundreds of photos, past stories, and a lot of feelings both sweet and bittersweet. I spoke to a lot of people about Cyclofemme during those weeks too; … [Read more...]

Peace Love and Goodwill

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Our Mission Goodwill Industries of Arkansas helps build lives, families, and communities by assisting people with disabilities and other special needs reach their highest potential through training, education, and employment services. Our Vision People in the communities we serve will have improved skills that provide long-term employment and a better standard of living. In the past year, … [Read more...]

Women Run Arkansas

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The mission of the Women Run Arkanas is to address the special needs of women's fitness, while promoting health and fitness through running and walking. The shirt says One Girl Can Change the World. One girl, one woman at a time, the Women Run Arkansas program is changing the world by changing lives. Katie Eisenhower has been involved with the Women Run Arkansas clinics for several years. … [Read more...]

Lessons from the Bike AR Mag Launch

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1. When you tell cyclists "free beer", you'd better mean it and you'd better have lots of it. 2. It is faster to get downtown by bike than by car. I was coming from too far away to bike, but I passed a group of cyclists including my friend Keshari on Markham close to the Blind School. By the time I made it through the traffic and found a parking spot, she was inside with beer in hand. Lesson … [Read more...]

Bikes Bringing Communities Together

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This tale begins when a downhill racing dirt diva, a mountain biking mom and a trails coordinator walk into a coffee shop. These three women walked in to Arsaga's with an idea for a women's mountain bike ride to kick-off the dedication of the Razorback Greenway Trail, a 36.9 mile multiuse trail in Northwest Arkansas that connects Fayetteville to Bella Vista. They walked out with a plan for a group … [Read more...]

Ride Alongside: The Heart of a Marriage and the Cardiac Classic

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Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. The old adage attributed to author and philosopher Albert Camus could be considered great guidance for friendship and for love. It could also be good preparation for couples who ride together. Just when we think we have that whole riding together thing down, one of us skips a … [Read more...]