When you head due west out of Little Rock, things get pretty rugged, pretty fast. The first signs are the rock outcrops visible on Pinnacle Mountain and Rattlesnake Ridge. Once you get past Lake Maumelle and near the highway 10/highway 9 intersection at Williams Corner, you find yourself in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains. Camp Ouachita, near Lake Sylvia, is a popular staging area … [Read more...]

Full mOOn, Fireflies and Other F-words

The rain spit softly from the sky, the gentle drip of a Faucet with a bad washer. The temperatures began to drop and the clouds eased the sun's relentless beating of the gravel and dirt route that runners' Feet would soon be crunching over. The Fun was about to begin. With a couple of hours yet until the start time of the Full mOOn 25K/50K run, participants, volunteers and organizing crews were … [Read more...]

By the Light of the Moon

Last year I decided to join in the fun of a night time "trail" run on the forest roads around Lake Sylvia West of Little Rock. In years past, this race has been put on by the running community as a come out, sign up, donate if you want to, run and then stick around for the all night party kind of event. This year because the run is so much fun and has become so popular, to comply with permit … [Read more...]

Howling at the mOOn

Years ago I was lucky enough to have a co-worker who loved to run. Most days you would find the two of us running three to six mile routes around our complex at lunch time. It was 27 degrees, we wore beanies and gloves. It was 94 degrees, we ditched the beanies and gloves and just tried not to faint. Then she moved away and I stopped running as much. Okay I stopped running almost altogether. It's … [Read more...]

Heading for Leadville

A couple of weeks ago I attended a meeting of a group of very serious mountain bikers at the Oyster Bar in Little Rock. This group of local riders came from various bike teams and shop teams. These guys go out and compete against each other weekend after weekend in local races like the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series, the Arkansas Mountain Bike Marathon Series plus most of them … [Read more...]

The 2012 Slobberknocker or…

...the beatings continued until morale improved. On my quest  to try almost all things cycling related this year, I entered an Arkansas Marathon Series Mountain Bike Race, The Slobberknocker. The series is made up of four major races, already in the books are the Spa City 6-Hour and the Ouachita Challenge. Several years ago I did race in the Ouachita Challenge but it wasn't part of a series back … [Read more...]

My Friend Sarah and 40 Miles of Up!

Before I go into my ride this past weekend I first must tell you a bit about my riding partner for the latest painfest. I met Sarah almost 5 years ago. It seems like I've known her longer. A mutual friend and I were going to do an overnight brick workout. We wanted to see what the effects of sleep deprivation would be on our ability to race. We were thinking about doing a 36 hour adventure … [Read more...]