Arkansas Traveller – Whatever Gets You Through The Night

The night was young, the dark of the woods was new as music blared from the speaker and laser lights strobed up into the trees leading runners on the Arkansas Traveller 100 Miler to the aid station at mile 87.2. Most of the food had been put away for safe keeping after the morning shift when runners passed the station at mile 28.6 of the course. We knew the first place runner would be coming in … [Read more...]

No Bull! El Encierro of Little Rock

My friend Lacey is one of the Girls Rollin' In The South (G.R.I.T.S.), a Central Arkansas flat track roller derby team. The team often donates entry fees to local charities and they regularly lend their talents to help raise money for  various charities. When she asked me if I'd like to participate in an event imitating the famous De La Pequena Roca- the running of the bulls, where derby girls … [Read more...]

Pikes Peak Marathon

On Saturday, my day was peppered with people along the trail, some of whom were long time friends, some new acquaintances and some complete strangers who cheered, rallied, cajoled and pushed me throughout my journey to the top. On Sunday, it was my turn to get to do that for others. As we walked down the street toward the starting line, I remembered Susy's words to me the day before- no need to … [Read more...]

My Pikes Peak Ascent Initiation- 2015

Once again Team Arkansas Outside ventured Outside Arkansas to spend time in Colorado. Last summer our trip to Colorado meant seeing ex-patriate Arkansas friends, hiking and mountain biking. This year we were back for more time with great friends, hiking, mountain biking, river tubing, sand dune climbing and the pursuit of bragging rights to a Colorado 14er. Each year a large contingent of Arkansas … [Read more...]

Summer’s End – 5 Things to do before Labor Day

1.Camp on the cool shores of the White River at Bulls Shoals/White Rivers State Park. Fill the days with hiking, paddling, some of the best fishing in the state, or even a little mountain biking. Find out more about the river, the lake, the dam and the history of the area at the state of the art visitor's center. In the evening, enjoy the cool air that come off the cold river making it bearable … [Read more...]

Another Full mOOn Rising

It's 5 a.m., instead of being in a hammock at a campsite per the original plan, I've been in a soft comfortable bed in an air conditioned house for 4 hours. I've woken up twice already. It might be the small, but surprisingly painful patch of chaffed skin on my upper thigh. It could be nausea or it could be hunger, sometimes I can't tell the difference. It might be catching the sheets on the toe … [Read more...]

New Kids on the Trail

It's not hard to find barely used mountain bikes purchased by folks who know they want to get off-road, but then can't find places to ride that don't leave them discouraged. Starting out on a mountain bike can be tough, especially if you are new, trying it on your own or trying to immediately fall in with a group that is more experienced. Here are a few beginner friendly trails for novice … [Read more...]

Summer is Coming

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

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

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...]