Hey…Coach! – The Road to Leadman, Part 5

"You’re better than you think you are.  You can do more than you think you can!”– Ken Chlouber, founder of the Leadville Race series an imminent coach to all participants For most of us when we hear someone yell “Hey, coach” it takes us back to our early school days, a time when “Coach” was a title of respect and when our ideas and concepts of what a coach is were formed.  Coach told you what to … [Read more...]

The Fittest of the Fit and Toughest of the Tough

I've heard it's sometimes baffling why people run marathons, compete in Ironmans, ride centuries, or participate in a host of other endurance type events.  If it's painful or difficult or not at all "fun", why do people subject themselves to suffering and misery?  The Hazel Valley 100, which took place this past weekend at Hazel Valley Ranch, is one such example.  Even more so, as there is no … [Read more...]

The Fall 100

100 is a good round number, an impressive number when matched with feats of strength, skill and endurance. It's the number of bottles of beer on the wall when you start a long trip in the car, each century contains exactly 100 years, it may even mean something special in binary code (first one of you computer nerds who can answer that one to my satisfaction gets a sticker). 100 miles is also a … [Read more...]

Arkansas Traveller 100 – 2012

Our world often seems cold and uncaring.  Though the temperatures at the 22nd Arkansas Traveller 100 were unseasonably cold- hovering in the upper 40's for the 6 a.m. start and barely budging for the duration of the event- warmth, compassion and courage were displayed in abundance. To the casual observer, running 100 miles sounds like the epitome of a bleak, emotionless, even foolhardy … [Read more...]

We’re Not in Arkansas Anymore

After 16 hours of driving through the night and part of the day, Arkansas Outside contributor Cliff Li and I arrived in the historic mining town of Leadville, Colorado. Home of the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race and host to a good size contingent of Arkansas mountain bikers. Leadville was made famous by extensive silver mining in the 1880's and has survived to this day on the natural beauty of … [Read more...]