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...]

The Festival at Townsend’s Ridge

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I arrived late, the closure of the Pig Trail- highway 23, due to a washout caused me to take the long way to the park on the south shore of Beaver Lake. As I pulled into the Townsend Ridge parking lot, I quickly got my bike off the truck and got checked in. I rolled up to the start line with minutes to spare. I still had time to notice that the category 3 50+ group was the largest I'd ever raced … [Read more...]

An annual Father’s Day tradition on the Buffalo River and NO MOMS ALLOWED!

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With Father's Day coming up, it's time for my annual Father's Day tradition.  For the past half decade, this has involved going on a father-child canoe camp out on the Buffalo National River.  There are only two rules for the weekend: 1) Absolutely, positively, NO MOM'S ALLOWED, and 2) You're not allowed to NOT have fun.  The tradition was started by a couple of friends of mine (Nate Siria and … [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...]

Tour De Rock 2015 Much ado about ‘nothing’

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I had back surgery on May 8th and initial recovery was going well. Walking with goals seemed to pull me out of the haze in week two. In week three my typical 'degeneration' in my back set in and I needed to go to chiropractor in a bad way. Only thing is I can't! So the mid back (above the surgery site- not related- on going maintenance issue) was just LOCKED! On Wednesday before TDR I finally was … [Read more...]

Rock Run 8k: Staying Ahead of Them Old Muddy Waters and a Return to Running 101

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Injury is what you make of it.  It can be an opportunity to take stock and plan your comeback or a prolonged period of sour grapes. This time around, I felt a bit of both. After a hard winter season of completing three marathons in the space of 64 days, I found myself lame and unable to run without pain. It was the same injury that fell a cocky new half marathoner five years ago when he thought he … [Read more...]

Did You Say Race Across Arkansas?

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Guest Writer Yoni Johnson gives us the story of the Foxy Moxie Running Mavens “What did you do to your leg?” I’m asked as I hobble around in the boot. With a sheepish grin, I reply “I ran across Arkansas.” It all started with those famous last words bravely said by every runner embarking into uncharted territory. “Sure! Why not?” It was my answer to the question posed by Andi Stracner … [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...]

126 Miles of the Buffalo National River

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Some people feel they must travel great distances for adventure. For Laramy Ridley and the Kayak Arkansas crew, there is plenty to be had right here in Arkansas. Kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding for 126 miles on the Buffalo National River is serious adventure, particularly over time in various seasons and changing water levels. In Laramy's words, "I started in the fall of 2014 to SUP the … [Read more...]

Cranksgiving in June

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Well heck, why not? If you can have Christmas in July, you can certainly have Cranksgiving in June. Next month, starts THV-11's and the Arkansas Foodbank Cereal Drive. THV-11's "This Morning" show and the Arkansas Foodbank Cereal Drive have been teaming up every summer since 2000 to help those in the Foodbank's 33-county service area have food to eat for breakfast. The cereal drive is a … [Read more...]