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...]

Refreshingly Authentic

The tag line on the visitor's guide website is Pagosa Springs: Refreshingly Authentic, come to Pagosa Springs, Colorado and enjoy simplicity on a grand scale. We walked through the front door of Riff Raff Brewing Company after a morning of hiking with good friends and former Arkansas residents Stephen and Randi Lynne Durham. The Durhams have been host to many an Arkansas mountain biker … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Pre-Race News from Leadville100 MTB

We're ready to cheer for our Arkansas contingent racing tomorrow morning in Colorado at the Leadville 100 mile Mountain Bike Race. Nearly 2.000 riders including champions, icons of the sport, celebreties in the world of mountain biking, even a Libertarian Presidential Candidate will be tackling one of  if not the toughest mountain bike courses in the US. Pro and amateur riders are coming from all … [Read more...]