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...]

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...]

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...]

CHAINWHEEL’S 2013 Slobberknocker MTB Challenge

The 2013 edition of Chainwheel’s Slobberknocker MTB Race and Tour was a huge success!  Racers and Riders from Arkansas and several surrounding states lined up at 8:20 to receive last minute details and then cast-off at 8:30 for a neutral rollout through Perryville, down Hwy 9, up Thornburg Mountain, and finally, onto the dirt for a long day in the Ouachita Mountains. Approximately 140 … [Read more...]

Welcome back Lance

He finally quit, let's hope it's not a habit. As celebrities go, Lance ranks high in my books. A fighter, he went abroad to win a race that only three times before had been won by an American (all by Greg LeMond), he did it seven times. He did it after a very serious fight with cancer that would have killed most. He used his fame to start a foundation to help others fight cancer. Through all this … [Read more...]

Leadville 100 – The Finish

(Part three of our trip following several Arkansas mountain bikers to Leadville, Colorado to cover their attempt at one of the most difficult races in the world. If you haven’t read it yet, please read part one and part two.) By the time Cliff and I came down off Columbine into the Twin Lakes Aid Station many of the support crews were packing up to head back to Leadville for the finish. The … [Read more...]

Leadville 100 – The Race Begins

(Part two of our trip following several Arkansas mountain bikers to Leadville, Colorado to cover their attempt at one of the most difficult races in the world. If you haven't read it yet, please read part one.) We woke up early to a beautiful day. The temperature was in the low 40's, cold by Arkansas standards for August but not as bad as it could have been. The rain was gone. Our plan was to … [Read more...]

Leadville 100 – The Calm Before…

(Part one of our trip following several Arkansas mountain bikers to Leadville, Colorado to cover their attempt at one of the most difficult races in the world) Friday, August 10th, 2012, the day before the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race, one of the premier races of the Leadville Race Series is a day filled with anticipation. It's one of the toughest things most people have ever done, or … [Read more...]