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First Skating After Carolina Century 102

Nothing earth shattering here. Anybody still skating or training?

I finally made it out to Greensboro Country Park for the first skating after Carolina Century. So that means I've not skated much since Athens to Atlanta, as the weeks between the two events are mostly about getting the CC ready. How would all that non-skating affect me? 

Well, first off, my heart rate when I put the strap on was 130! Now, I've seen in the 120s for an event where I'm in a hurry or have a lot of responsibility, lots of people in town, all that. Most of the time it's under 100 getting started at Country Park. 

I got there without much time before dark, so I set minor goals. I just did a couple of laps (5k), and really was only out to enjoy it. What I noticed was:

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Inline to Olympic Ice Speed Skates Again! Florida's Brittany Bowe Follows the Example of NC Speed Skater Heather Richardson

Here's a well-done if brief local piece of writing from Florida, where they are mighty proud of their inline champion, Brittany Bowe. If I have it right, she was at the US Cup when I was there, skating for Verducci (she, not me, ha!)**. I may even have some photos of her skating with the Verducci gals, not sure (might have a photo of Heather Richardson from a US10K too.. 

Thus, like many inliners, Bowe must have figured out there's not much glory in being at the top of a non-Olympic sport, and why not give it a go. (I think she may have made an attempt at cycling some time back too.) Anyway, she and High Point's Heather Richardson had raced plenty, and seeing Richardson's success surely was a factor, and likely made it easier to make the decision and follow an example for the switch over to indoor long track ice speed skating. 

This could be a powerful duo for the USA and they could be ambassadors for inline everywhere. 

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Roadskater.net Photos Revolved: Faster, Better, Fetching Views of the People, Days and Places That Brightened My Life

A few years ago I had to shake things up as the old joys were no more....at least for a while. Thanks to three lovely young skater friendgirls, I started skating, and it turned out I was quickly more addicted than they were.  The Year of Skating Dangerously saved my joy. To honor that time, I present: http://roadskater.net/rsn/photos/index.htm .

I was looking to create something other than what I had tried before, which had all dried up. So I bought a cheap digital camera and decided I would take photos and edit them and post them mostly without comment (hard for me!). The collection grew to 31,000 photos! Before September 11, airline flights were cheaper than the gasoline to drive some places. I had free places to land on floors. I went. I took photos. I edited them. 

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Centenarian Completes Metric Century, Sets Record on Velodrome, 300 Laps, 14.4 Miles per Hour Average

Well just in case we needed to be inspired (or depressed?), a guy over 100 years old skated his age in km at a velodrome in Lyon, France in just over four hours and seventeen minutes. This is good stuff! This is good news for a rainy afternoon with no outdoor skating likely on this day, with a2a.net 87 miles of skating less than 9 days away. I'll be slower than the oldest people out there, I'm sure! Some of those dudes are fast! But I am looking forward to it. My Forerunner 305, however, is showing signs of not wanting to be awake that long at one stretch. A fix, hopefully, is on next week's agenda. 

 

French centenarian wins 100 km cycling challenge - Chicago Tribune -

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67 More Miles Makes 211 in 4 of the Last 11 Days on the Silver Comet Trail...Can We Smooth Out That Concrete a Bit?

Well the time I have off for long distance skating on the Silver Comet is gone for now. I blew it some days and let the weather forecast stop me. But I got in 4 sessions of 50, 66, 33 and 67 miles. More info later (maybe!), but for now, let's just say my wheels are flatter and maybe my feet too. I've put the miles into my newest skates and have worked around some challenges there. I'm not dropping pounds like I want too, because I seem attracted to carbs right now (as always)! There are some more stories to tell about people we met and random thoughts. 

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33 Soaked Sometimes Slippery Silvery Comet Miles and Briefly Looking Back on 66 Miles and a Trick for Skate Boots Too Big

[Last Friday, eebee and I skated 66 miles (some might say more but that's close enough) on the Silver Comet Trail, from Mile 0 at Mableton near Nickajack Elementary, to Coot's Lake Station (where the old station was, where now there is a convenience store). Since we had done 50 two days earlier, there was not very much new to recount, or I had few braincells for recounting. We saw some wild turkeys, the tunnel was not muddy or wet, Dallas is getting our love for that much better water fountain at the back of the restroom building (I think there's a similar fountain at the back of the building in Hiram too, but I have not been up to the shelter in Hiram this year. If you make it to Brushy Mountain Tunnel, you might consider pushing on 3 or so more miles down to the store at Coot's Lake. Yes, you have to come back up, but it's likely you'll be refreshed. Now to what I wrote about today...roadskater.]

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Woman Inline Skater Crossing Canada for Youth Suicide Awareness

There's no a lot to say about this one except go speed skater and husband in the van! It's hard to beat rolling for a cause! 

 

Rollerblading campaigner arrives in NB - CBC.ca -

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Inline Skating 50 Miles on the Silver Comet Trail, July 4, 2012: Slow but Time on Skates and Calorie Burning

Notes from the trail...but first in reply to sam's glowing reviews of the Roadskater.net jersey...
 
Ha! If you want one of those jerseys, the deadline is past, but put in the order and i'll ask them to add it and refund if they can't.
 
 
Available in ROYGBVM and this year's mystery color (latter for $10 less). Supersweet 19" zip. Comfy wicking fabric. 3 pockets on back. All that. Injected with skateylove yes and grateful to be skateful.
 
We did 50 miles rolling out at 2:36p. Getting ready in the mile 0 parking lot we both thought it felt hotter than any time we had been there.
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Roadskater.net 2012 Inline Skating (Rollerblading) and Cycling (Bike) Jersey Order Form Link

Here's a quick link to the jersey order form...deadline approaching soon...

http://roadskater.net/RSN2012jerseys.htm 

The Roadskater.net jerseys are available in club fit & women's fit, with short-sleeves or sleeveless, in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet and magenta, plus the 2012 Mystery Color! 

Orders are complete for summer, but if you would be interested in ordering now or over the winter, please send a note to jerseys at this website name. Or if you're brave and agressive, put it in the cart and I will contact you about options or a refund! 

 

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Brief Notes on Training and Scientific Approach by Speed Skater Juerg Feldmann, Early Coach of Giro Winner, Ryder Hesjedal

The Giro is now over and the last four or five days were fun and interesting to watch. It came down to a small group of stellar riders who had outpaced their support riders for the most part. It was close down to the last few seconds and there were several impressive performances. Ryder Hesjedal became the first Canadian to win a grand tour (Giro d'Italia, Tour de France, Vuelta Ciclista a España). The article linked here discusses an early coach, former Swiss Speed Skater, Juerg Feldmann, and some of his methods and tools (notably the SpiroTiger, for which this might be somewhat of a PR plant?). Regardless, perhaps worth looking into for more information regarding the coach, his methods, and his training tools...

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Woman Running a Thousand Miles on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in North Carolina at 52-Years of Age...In 21 Days

There's even more to this one! This runner can't navigate and even remember everything short term after surgery to address seizures! This is inspiring to say the least. Check out the article with details and see the tracker link here...

http://greatoutdoorprovision.com/mst-endurance-run/track/

Woman to run 1000-mile NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail - News & Observer -

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Skateboarders and Roadskaters in Midlife Lack of Crisis: Skate Old or Die!

Now and then we like to stand up for skateboarders, who we don't always understand in terms of their love for wheels not attached to their feet, but don't need to understand...just support with some skateylove. All over ever day we see people jealously looking at the little wheels. Ours. The street boarders'. Even the big wheels and carbon fibre. We just want to say it again. Yes you can. Get a helmet and some wrist guards. Wear some old jeans and even knee and elbow pads if you like. But yes you can. And if you survive a few times at inline skating, skateboarding or cycling with an ending of fun and safety, you can do it for decades. Don't just try it out wherever. Go somewhere safe and flat and prepared. It's important to have fun and be safe so you won't freak out and never try again. So yes that's all repeated thought, but OK. 

Meanwhile, take a look at what a skateboarder has to say...

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Not Better, Just Faster: Fast Olympic Speed Skater and Slow Runner on Teaching Children and Ourselves about Competition

Here's a brief interview with one of Canada's favorite speed skating champions. I thought the comments on competition were interesting. I miss seeing all those skaters who were so much faster than me at Athens to Atlanta. They'd still be faster than me, most of them, but not perhaps it is not worth being there to them if not faster than almost everyone there? In any case, I'd love to see more skaters at A2A, especially those on the way up or down. I think a lower entry fee would help. In any case, back to the subject at hand.... 

 

Here's a bit of what I found interesting:

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Grand Teton National Park Path Allows Inline Skating, Seeks Trail Volunteer Ambassadors: Inline Skaters Here's Your Chance!

This is just a brief note to point out another place on Department of Interior land where inline skating is specifically encouraged, unlike out beautiful Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.

But what a beautiful place to travel to for inline skating! Click the photo for another article on this subject...

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