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

Take a spin around Circuit of the Americas on two wheels
 Formula One drivers get it easy. They have four spinning tires and a screaming engine to rocket them up the whopper of a hill at the start of the Circuit of the Americas. Bicyclists, who swarm the track every Tuesday night this time of the year, have only their leg muscles to help them crest the summit. And trust us when we say pumping through...

Posted: 17 hours ago

Formula One drivers get it easy. They have four spinning tires and a screaming engine to rocket them up the whopper of a hill at the start of the Circuit of the Americas. Bicyclists, who swarm the track every Tuesday night this time of the year, have only their leg muscles to help them crest the summit. And trust us when we say pumping through...
Bicycle World unveils slate of free weekly triathlon workouts
 Bicycle World Austin has unveiled a slate of free weekly triathlon workouts. Photo courtesy Bicycle World   Once again, proof that you don’t need a lot of money to get fit. Bicycle World Austin has unveiled a slate of free weekly triathlon workouts led by local coaches and pro triathletes. The
            six weekly sessions take...

Posted: 9 days ago

Bicycle World Austin has unveiled a slate of free weekly triathlon workouts. Photo courtesy Bicycle World   Once again, proof that you don’t need a lot of money to get fit. Bicycle World Austin has unveiled a slate of free weekly triathlon workouts led by local coaches and pro triathletes. The six weekly sessions take...
At Urban Axes, celebrate Four-Twenty with hatchets and beer (but no pot)
 Jon Crowley prepares a throw during Sunday night league at Austin’s Urban Axes. Julia Robinson/ FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN To mark what’s becoming, for some, the newest national holiday, Urban Axes will host a Four-Twenty Party. No, pot will not be provided. And, in case you’ve been buried in a hole for the last century, marijuana...

Posted: 9 days ago

Jon Crowley prepares a throw during Sunday night league at Austin’s Urban Axes. Julia Robinson/ FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN To mark what’s becoming, for some, the newest national holiday, Urban Axes will host a Four-Twenty Party. No, pot will not be provided. And, in case you’ve been buried in a hole for the last century, marijuana...
At Urban Axes, celebrate Four-Twenty with hatchets and beer (but no pot)
 Jon Crowley prepares a throw during Sunday night league at Austin’s Urban Axes. Julia Robinson/ FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN To mark what’s becoming, for some, the newest national holiday, Urban Axes will host a Four-Twenty Party. No, pot will not be provided. And, in case you’ve been buried in a hole for the last century, marijuana...

Posted: 9 days ago

Jon Crowley prepares a throw during Sunday night league at Austin’s Urban Axes. Julia Robinson/ FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN To mark what’s becoming, for some, the newest national holiday, Urban Axes will host a Four-Twenty Party. No, pot will not be provided. And, in case you’ve been buried in a hole for the last century, marijuana...
Pedal for prizes in upcoming Love to Ride Austin Biking Challenge
 Pam Leblanc leaves her home to ride her bike to work in this 2014 file photo. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN   About 15 years ago, I signed up for a city-wide commuter challenge. Teams earned points every time they rode a bike someplace,
            whether it was to work, to run an errand or just for fun. That challenge worked...

Posted: 9 days ago

Pam Leblanc leaves her home to ride her bike to work in this 2014 file photo. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN   About 15 years ago, I signed up for a city-wide commuter challenge. Teams earned points every time they rode a bike someplace, whether it was to work, to run an errand or just for fun. That challenge worked...
Thank four drunk Swedes for your new swimrun challenge
 Ever on a quest to challenge myself in new ways, I headed to Georgia recently to test the (very cold) waters of a trendy new sport called swimrun. Not surprisingly, swimrun started in Sweden, the kooky result of a bet hatched between four drunk guys. They challenged each other to race from island to island, swimming and running and stopping...

Posted: 9 days ago

Ever on a quest to challenge myself in new ways, I headed to Georgia recently to test the (very cold) waters of a trendy new sport called swimrun. Not surprisingly, swimrun started in Sweden, the kooky result of a bet hatched between four drunk guys. They challenged each other to race from island to island, swimming and running and stopping...
What lurks in Waller Creek? Find out at upcoming ‘bioblitz’
 Walk along Waller Creek in downtown Austin and you might spot a blue heron fishing for lunch, a turtle perched on a log or a nutria out for a swim. All those species have been documented along the urban waterway, which runs from near Highland Mall to Lady Bird Lake. Researchers want to know what else — other than the occasional plastic...

Posted: 11 days ago

Walk along Waller Creek in downtown Austin and you might spot a blue heron fishing for lunch, a turtle perched on a log or a nutria out for a swim. All those species have been documented along the urban waterway, which runs from near Highland Mall to Lady Bird Lake. Researchers want to know what else — other than the occasional plastic...
Free goat yoga, dance classes and more at Domain North’s Fit Fest
 Free goat yoga classes are on tap Saturday at Domain North. Photo by Stephen Spillman for American-Statesman   More free fitness, people – and this one includes goats, classes by Dance With Me (the dance studio opened by pros from the
            TV show “Dancing with the Stars”) and fitness classes from several Austin...

Posted: 16 days ago

Free goat yoga classes are on tap Saturday at Domain North. Photo by Stephen Spillman for American-Statesman   More free fitness, people – and this one includes goats, classes by Dance With Me (the dance studio opened by pros from the TV show “Dancing with the Stars”) and fitness classes from several Austin...
The latest race craze involves swimming in shoes, running in wetsuit, and we’re all in
 Amy Bush shows off the outfit she’ll be wearing this weekend for a swimrun race in North Carolina. Photo courtesy Amy Bush   I could turn into a popsicle this weekend. I’m heading to Red Top Mountain State Park in Georgia to try a crazy new sport – swimrun – that started in Sweden. Teams of two alternate between...

Posted: 17 days ago

Amy Bush shows off the outfit she’ll be wearing this weekend for a swimrun race in North Carolina. Photo courtesy Amy Bush   I could turn into a popsicle this weekend. I’m heading to Red Top Mountain State Park in Georgia to try a crazy new sport – swimrun – that started in Sweden. Teams of two alternate between...
For epic mountain bike riding, head to Big Bend Ranch State Park
 If you’ve never experienced the bliss of launching yourself into a thorn-bedecked cactus, hopped over a tarantula on a bicycle or clattered over a hill of white glistening crystal, we have a suggestion: Do it. Now. It may sound punishing — and yes, in fact, it’ll cost you some wear and tear on your hide — but the scratches...

Posted: 17 days ago

If you’ve never experienced the bliss of launching yourself into a thorn-bedecked cactus, hopped over a tarantula on a bicycle or clattered over a hill of white glistening crystal, we have a suggestion: Do it. Now. It may sound punishing — and yes, in fact, it’ll cost you some wear and tear on your hide — but the scratches...
Bike, paddle, climb and more at REI Fit City Campout
 Participants in last year’s annual REI campout ride mountain bikes. This year, REI is teaming with the Lower Colorado River
               Authority and Fit City to put on the Fit City Campout on April 28-29. Photo courtesy REI I prefer a sleeping bag in a tent to high threadcount sheets at a fancy hotel, especially when I can roll...

Posted: 18 days ago

Participants in last year’s annual REI campout ride mountain bikes. This year, REI is teaming with the Lower Colorado River Authority and Fit City to put on the Fit City Campout on April 28-29. Photo courtesy REI I prefer a sleeping bag in a tent to high threadcount sheets at a fancy hotel, especially when I can roll...