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Pam LeBlanc

Features Columnist

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. She also writes a monthly car review with Pete Szilagyi called Pete 'n Pam.

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.

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Archaeologist Peter Fix of the Conservation Research Laboratory and Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation at Texas A&M University will lead in the rebuilding of the La Belle.

New exhibit features 1686 wreck of French ship La Belle

Coming soon to a museum — or computer — near you: A team of experts, rebuilding a 17th-century shipwreck found along the Texas coast. Starting Saturday, visitors to the Bullock Texas State History Museum will be able to watch curators and technicians reassemble the hull of the French ship La ...

Ellen Pollak, left, Gail Miller, center, and Celia Smith, right, participate in a daily swimming pool workout at the West Austin home of Sherrie Frachtman, a member of the group.

After nearly two decades, water aerobics class keeps women exercising

Muscles aren’t the only things strengthened through exercise. In a backyard pool near Mount Bonnell, five women churn up the water in an aerobics group they started nearly 20 years ago. Their bonds run deep as currents. They’ve buoyed each other through graduations, marriages, births and hospitalizations, all as they’ve ...

JonAnn White and Lisa Mazur, creators of Go Little Leggies Go, at the Zilker Relays in September.

Prevention’s R3 Summit returns to Austin Oct. 17-18

Prevention magazine is returning to Austin with a two-day summit designed to leave you eager to exercise and craving kale, salmon and everything healthy.Or something like that.The second annual Prevention R3 Summit is set for Oct. 17 and 18 at the Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. Those R’s, by ...

Bring your own lock to use one of two official areas for parking your bike during the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

The best way to travel to and from ACL Fest? Bicycle, of course

Remember to bring a bike lock to park your bike at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Two giant, lighted areas have been set aside for bike parking — one on the southeast side of the festival, off Barton Springs Road, and the other on the northwest side of the ...

Carlyle Luke LeBas

Fit Folks: Carlyle Luke LeBas

Carlyle Luke LeBas, 82 I am 82 years old and still play competitive tennis. The first time I saw tennis played I was 13 years old and was one of the players. The court surface was red clay in Louisiana, which had been put in place by members of the ...

A ranger emerges from the entrance to Kickapoo Cavern at Kickapoo Cavern State Park near Brackettville.

Our favorite 5 off-the-trodden-trail places to camp in Central Texas

You probably already know about Inks Lake, Enchanted Rock and Pedernales Falls. They’re melted-marshmallow-and-chocolate-on-a-graham-cracker good for camping, of course, but sometimes you need to venture farther off the trodden trail.Camping season has arrived in Central Texas, so we checked with Phil Hoelzel, an REI sales specialist who has penned two ...

Erik Martonovich demonstrates Roman riding, when a rider stands atop two large draft horses, a foot on the back of each horse.

When a single horse just doesn’t cut it, try Roman riding

Sometimes, riding a single horse just isn’t enough.That’s why I headed to the Travis County Expo Center recently for a lesson in Roman riding from Erik Martonovich, who once rode nine horses simultaneously.Nine is overkill in my book. But two? That could work.First, some background. Martonovich, 35, heads up a ...

Pam LeBlanc is still writing the Fit City blog, but you'll have to reset your bookmarks to

Fit City blog has moved!

Pam LeBlanc is still writing about running, biking, swimming and every other sweat-inducing activity she can think of, but the Fit City blog has moved. Don't miss the latest updates from the Austin fitness scene. Click right over to and reset your bookmarks. Thank you and carry on.

Robyn Metcalfe finished RacingthePlanet's Madagascar 2014 endurance race on Sept. 6.

Robyn Metcalfe finishes endurance race in Madagascar

You think your latest long run seemed long, hot and dry? A visiting lecturer at the University of Texas just spent a week racing across Madagascar. Robyn Metcalfe, who teaches in the School of Human Ecology in the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas ran through rain ...

Patricia Walsh, who is blind, won her third straight national title at the US Paratriathlon National Championships.

Patricia Walsh wins fourth US Paratriathlon title

Congratulations to Austin’s Patricia Walsh, who defended her national title at the 2014 USA Paratriathlon National Championships in Tempe, Arizona. That makes four national championships for Walsh, who is blind and competes in the PT5 division of the triathlon. Athletes competing in five sport classes earned national championship titles at ...


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