Balance – The Road to Leadman – Part 9

“So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell, blue skies from pain.  Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?  A smile from a veil?  Do you think you can tell?” -  Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here It’s August and it is time.  No more training.  It’s time to deliver in a big way. The 100 mile Leadman bike and run events are both within the next few weeks, the 100 mile Mountain Bike … [Read more...]

The First Leadman Event – The Road to Leadville Part – 8

The Marathon 26 Reasons NOT to Run a Marathon…like #4, Chafing “OK. Here it comes....I got this…..What else do I need to do to get ready…not sure…OK…..now what?” Yup, that’s the voice in my head trying to create anxiety and concern about the first of the five Leadman events, the Marathon up Mosquito pass to 13,185 feet and back down on July 14th, 2014. All of us have had butterflies … [Read more...]

Are You Out of Your Mind? – The Road to Leadman – Part 7

“We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.” - Bill Watterson The first Leadman event, the marathon run up and back down Mosquito pass, 13,185 feet, on June 14th, 2014, is quickly approaching!  The butterflies in my stomach are prepping for flight; I can feel the warm up flutters.  Often I wish I could just jump in time to the starting … [Read more...]

Is Arkansas better than Colorado? – The Road to Leadman – Part 6

Colorado is a beautiful State, combining both plains and mountains, amazing rivers, trails galore, and an outdoor spirit….but the same can be said for Arkansas.  In fact, the Arkansas River begins in the Salida valley of Colorado and then works its way to the great State of its name sake.  While standing on the small concrete bridge straddling the 20 yard wide Arkansas River in downtown Salida, … [Read more...]

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...]

Polar Vortex – Part 4, The Leadman Series

  “I am the great and mighty Polar Vortex. All of North America shivers in my presence.” – @PolarVortex What does the Polar Vortex have to do with Leadman…a lot.  This being January 7th, many of you have New Year’s resolutions you have made and are working to fulfill.  Often those revolve around exercise and getting into shape, losing weight, and to stop engulfing large boxes of Nerds … [Read more...]

First 100 Mile Race In The Books!

“I tell our runners to divide the race into thirds. Run the first part with your head, the middle part with your personality, and the last part with your heart.” – Mike Fanelli The course for the Cajun Coyote naturally helped plan how you would run the event.  Five laps on a 20 mile single track loop trail around the lake at Chicot State Park in Ville Platte, Louisiana.  A beautiful venue with … [Read more...]

Embracing my first 100 mile run

(Part 2 of James' journey to Leadman status. Also read Part 1 - The Road to Leadman) “We have nothing to fear but fear itself” – Franklin D. Roosevelt Having already completed the Leadville Trail 50 MTB and 100 MTB means the biking part of the Leadman race series is not as intimidating, scary and overwhelming as the 100 mile run that starts at 10,200 feet and goes up from there.  The 100 mile … [Read more...]

The Road to Leadman

Leadman….what does that word evoke.  To most it is a mystery word, not meaning anything in particular…something about a man that is very heavy maybe??? A Leadman, or Leadwoman for the female persuasion, is an extraordinary endurance athlete who has completed five running and cycling events in a given year in Leadville, Colorado as part of the Leadville Race Series. Specifically, a Leadman does … [Read more...]