Pam LeBlanc

Fitness & outdoors reporter

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.  Pam rides a bicycle to work, swims on a team and runs with her girlfriends. All her hobbies, from scuba diving to horseback riding and snow skiing, involve bulky gear. She lives in Austin with her husband, who is really good at applying bandages and ice packs.

Latest from Pam LeBlanc

Hate the hills, love what they do for your legs? 10 to try in Austin
 Crave them or dread them, hills come with the territory whether you’re training for the Austin Marathon or a century bicycle ride through the Hill Country. “Living in Austin, you’ve got to embrace the hills,” says Gilbert Tuhabonye, the drum-beating, “Run with joy!” shouting founder and head coach of the...

Posted: 2 days ago

Crave them or dread them, hills come with the territory whether you’re training for the Austin Marathon or a century bicycle ride through the Hill Country. “Living in Austin, you’ve got to embrace the hills,” says Gilbert Tuhabonye, the drum-beating, “Run with joy!” shouting founder and head coach of the...
Expect warm temperatures – and maybe rain – at Sunday’s 3M Half Marathon
 The 3M Half Marathon kicks off Sunday morning. Photo courtesy High Five Events The cold bomb has dissipated and the weather – surprise! – looks unseasonably warm and possibly a little wet for Sunday’s
            3M Half Marathon. According to KVUE, we’ll see a low of 57 and a high of 72, with a 50 percent chance of...

Posted: 3 days ago

The 3M Half Marathon kicks off Sunday morning. Photo courtesy High Five Events The cold bomb has dissipated and the weather – surprise! – looks unseasonably warm and possibly a little wet for Sunday’s 3M Half Marathon. According to KVUE, we’ll see a low of 57 and a high of 72, with a 50 percent chance of...
More black Americans can’t swim, and Olympian wants to change that
 Members of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority listen to Olympic medalist Cullen Jones during a learn-to-swim clinic at Austin Aquatics
               and Sports Academy on Saturday. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman I grew up swimming. My parents knew how to swim, and passed their love of the water to me and my sisters. They enrolled us in swim lessons...

Posted: 6 days ago

Members of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority listen to Olympic medalist Cullen Jones during a learn-to-swim clinic at Austin Aquatics and Sports Academy on Saturday. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman I grew up swimming. My parents knew how to swim, and passed their love of the water to me and my sisters. They enrolled us in swim lessons...
Can a regular guy pedal 10,000 miles in two years? This dude did
 Andrew McKenna didn’t exactly intend to go car-free. But 13 years ago, after he wrecked his car (not his fault) and couldn’t afford to buy a new one, necessity forced him to trade that steering wheel, big cushy seat and engine for handlebars, a much smaller seat and his muscles. He began rolling around town on a bicycle. He wasn&rsquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

Andrew McKenna didn’t exactly intend to go car-free. But 13 years ago, after he wrecked his car (not his fault) and couldn’t afford to buy a new one, necessity forced him to trade that steering wheel, big cushy seat and engine for handlebars, a much smaller seat and his muscles. He began rolling around town on a bicycle. He wasn&rsquo...
What’s it like to take a run on an Olympic bobsled track? I found out yesterday
 Highlights of yesterday? A bobsled run at Utah Olympic Park, where the 2002 Winter Olympics took place. The Winter Olympics are fast approaching, and to get in the spirit I’ve been mingling with Olympians here in Park City, Utah. The highlight, though, came when I piled into a red, bullet-shaped bobsled and rocketed down the same track...

Posted: 11 days ago

Highlights of yesterday? A bobsled run at Utah Olympic Park, where the 2002 Winter Olympics took place. The Winter Olympics are fast approaching, and to get in the spirit I’ve been mingling with Olympians here in Park City, Utah. The highlight, though, came when I piled into a red, bullet-shaped bobsled and rocketed down the same track...
We’ve perfected our snow dance, and finally it’s falling here in Park City
 Much-needed snow is falling today at Park City ski area in Utah. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman Here in Park City, Utah, the snow is coming down today. So is the rain, at the base of the mountain. But that’s what chairlifts are for, to whisk you up higher, above the treetops,
            to where water freezes and turns white and makes...

Posted: 13 days ago

Much-needed snow is falling today at Park City ski area in Utah. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman Here in Park City, Utah, the snow is coming down today. So is the rain, at the base of the mountain. But that’s what chairlifts are for, to whisk you up higher, above the treetops, to where water freezes and turns white and makes...
We’ve been perfecting our snow dance, and finally it’s falling here in Park City
 Much-needed snow is falling today at Park City ski area in Utah. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman Here in Park City, Utah, the snow is coming down today. So is the rain, at the base of the mountain. But that’s what chairlifts are for, to whisk you up higher, above the treetops,
            to where water freezes and turns white and makes...

Posted: 13 days ago

Much-needed snow is falling today at Park City ski area in Utah. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman Here in Park City, Utah, the snow is coming down today. So is the rain, at the base of the mountain. But that’s what chairlifts are for, to whisk you up higher, above the treetops, to where water freezes and turns white and makes...
Top swimmers compete at TYR Pro Swim Series at UT this week
 UT alum Madisyn Cox will compete at the TYR Pro Swim Series at UT this week. (Photo by Melissa Lundie/Bold Action) Want a sneak peak at some of the athletes who may be competing in the next summer Olympics? Head to the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center at the University of Texas this week for the TYR Pro Swim Series. The event, set...

Posted: 13 days ago

UT alum Madisyn Cox will compete at the TYR Pro Swim Series at UT this week. (Photo by Melissa Lundie/Bold Action) Want a sneak peak at some of the athletes who may be competing in the next summer Olympics? Head to the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center at the University of Texas this week for the TYR Pro Swim Series. The event, set...
Cover your ears, Mom: Study shows cussing makes you stronger
 This man isn’t really cursing, but if he was he might be stronger, according to a recent scientific study. Photo from Austin
               American-Statesman archives   Cover your ears, Mom. A recent study shows that cursing aloud can boost physical performance, strength and power. The study, published in the Journal of Psychology...

Posted: 14 days ago

This man isn’t really cursing, but if he was he might be stronger, according to a recent scientific study. Photo from Austin American-Statesman archives   Cover your ears, Mom. A recent study shows that cursing aloud can boost physical performance, strength and power. The study, published in the Journal of Psychology...
One tree at a time, coffee shop and bar wants to change Austin
 Care for a tree with that cup of coffee? The Buzz Mill, a coffee shop and bar located off of East Riverside Drive, will add fruit and nut trees — planting and care included — to its menu, starting later this month. By buying a tree, says Sean Peppy Meyer, the venue’s sustainability specialist, customers can offset the loss...

Posted: 14 days ago

Care for a tree with that cup of coffee? The Buzz Mill, a coffee shop and bar located off of East Riverside Drive, will add fruit and nut trees — planting and care included — to its menu, starting later this month. By buying a tree, says Sean Peppy Meyer, the venue’s sustainability specialist, customers can offset the loss...