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

Fit City: Don’t miss these four upcoming sweat-inducing events
 Award-winning climber Maya Madere, 17, boulders in the cave at Crux Climbing Center in 2016. Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN Looking for some cool, fitness-oriented events in the comings weeks? These caught our eye: Crux Climbing Center, an indoor climbing center, celebrates its second anniversary with Come and Send It Fest from 9...

Posted: 5 hours ago

Award-winning climber Maya Madere, 17, boulders in the cave at Crux Climbing Center in 2016. Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN Looking for some cool, fitness-oriented events in the comings weeks? These caught our eye: Crux Climbing Center, an indoor climbing center, celebrates its second anniversary with Come and Send It Fest from 9...
Considering paddling the remote Pecos River? Check out our photos
 Collis Williams takes a dip in the rapids at Painted Canyon, during a five-day paddle trip on the Pecos River last week. Pam
               LeBlanc/American-Statesman   If you follow this blog, you know I’ve fallen in love with paddling. In the last year I’ve explored waterways all over the state by canoe and kayak, from...

Posted: a day ago

Collis Williams takes a dip in the rapids at Painted Canyon, during a five-day paddle trip on the Pecos River last week. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman   If you follow this blog, you know I’ve fallen in love with paddling. In the last year I’ve explored waterways all over the state by canoe and kayak, from...
What’s the most dangerous stretch of road for bicyclists in Austin?
   Andrew McKenna rides his bicycle on Guadalupe Street in January 2018. (Stephen Spillman /for American-Statesman)   Anyone who has ridden a bicycle around Austin on a regular basis knows the feeling of a near miss. In my 15 or so years of pedaling to work, I’ve come close to getting hit by a car several times. I’ve...

Posted: 2 days ago

  Andrew McKenna rides his bicycle on Guadalupe Street in January 2018. (Stephen Spillman /for American-Statesman)   Anyone who has ridden a bicycle around Austin on a regular basis knows the feeling of a near miss. In my 15 or so years of pedaling to work, I’ve come close to getting hit by a car several times. I’ve...
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. The Bicycle Sport Shop Bike Night Powered by SRAM starts at 6 p.m. and runs until the sun sets every Tuesday through July 3. Kids wobble alongside parents on slow-moving...

Posted: 3 days 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. The Bicycle Sport Shop Bike Night Powered by SRAM starts at 6 p.m. and runs until the sun sets every Tuesday through July 3. Kids wobble alongside parents on slow-moving...
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: 12 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: 12 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: 12 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: 12 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: 12 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: 14 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: 19 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...