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Carolina Tarwheels' Hillsborough BikeFest 2008 Inline Skate Bike Ride Report (13th Rural Heritage Tour)

I know it's been a while since I've done any trip reports, and I'm blaming my new job on that!  :-)  It's easy to make time to write when you hate your job and are looking for any excuse to procrastinate.  But I actually like my job now, and care about the product I'm working on.  So the extra hours I had during the day to write have pretty much evaporated.  But I'm sitting on a plane right now, so it's a good opportunity to do some writing.

Location

Orange County Courthouse
106 East Margaret Lane
Hillsborough, North Carolina
United States
36° 4' 28.2432" N, 79° 5' 57.084" W
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Michael Phelps' INSANE 12,000 calorie/day diet

I ran across this today, talking about what Michael Phelps is eating to fuel his olympic swimming performances.  A whopping 12,000 calories every day!

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2008/aug/14/michaelphelps.swimming1

 

I know athletes at that level need a lot of fuel in the tank, but I would never have guessed that much!

 

- SM -

 

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Cast your vote for the date of the next SkateStrong inline skating (rollerblading) workshop!

Hi everyone! Due to the multitude of schedule conflicts around the original date for my workshop, it ended up not happening. So... I want to gauge the interest of all the skaters out there and see if there are enough people that would attend a workshop, should I decide to put one together.

Details of the workshop can be found here: http://www.skatestrong.com/

If I can find a suitable camcorder, I'll film people and we can do some video analysis as well.

Here are some potential dates for the workshop:

Location

Raleigh, North Carolina
United States
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Making fitness a priority (and where the heck has Skatey-Mark been all this time?)

Hey everyone… Just thought I’d post something to explain the lack of messages from me lately… 2007 was a pretty rough year with regard to work. Early in the year, my job started demanding more and more time from me. This put a pretty serious cramp in my training, especially for the Montreal 24 hour race. Fortunately, I was able to do some “last minute cram training” and got to the point where I could do the event. However, it wasn’t long afterward that the job started sucking

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Reminder: upcoming skating workshops in NC

These were both announced a few months ago, but for those that don't know -- we have two skating workshops that are coming up soon.

The first workshop is in Raleigh, on March 29th...  I'm actually teaching this one.  Information about it can be found at:

http://www.skatestrong.com/

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Polar T61 HRM transmitter battery replacement -- post-mortem

I reported on my initial efforts at dissecting my T61 transmitter here:

 

http://roadskater.net/index.php?q=node/609

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http://roadskater.net/index.php?q=polar-t61-hrm-transmitter-dissection

Location

Polar Electro Inc.
1111 Marcus Ave Suite M15
Lake Success, New York 11042
United States
40° 45' 32.0832" N, 73° 42' 0.6984" W
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Polar T61 HRM transmitter dissection!

Well, after a couple years of faithful service, my HRM strap finally stopped transmitting. Unfortunately, it happened about halfway through A2A... Anyway, I know others have tried to replace the battery themselves without luck, but I started thinking of trying it anyway. After seeing the price to have Polar replace it ($30 plus shipping), I decided to give it a try. The first thing I found was Blake's blog entry suggesting to go in from the front. I also found forum entry on another site with a picture, so I knew what I was getting into:

 

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24-Hour Inline Montreal Race Report

Wow... What do you say after skating for 24 hours? Well, first off I want to say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to our AWESOME support team! Andrea, Maria, Renee, and Dawn -- YOU ROCK! In fact, we need to create a whole new verb that adequately describes how much you rock. And another BIG THANKS to Brian Shicoff for organizing everything, and to Lawrence for really making me earn that silver medal, and to Bryan McKenney for rounding out our team of Americans determined to fulfill Brian's dream of sweeping the podium... (lol)

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Sign Up Now for the Next Skate Strong Workshop! (August 18 2007 Raleigh NC)

I'd like to start getting an idea of how many people will be taking my next workshop. It will be held on Saturday, August 18th. The location will most likely be the same as last time -- Reedy Creek Elementary School. The feedback from the first one was pretty good. I'd encourage anyone that attended the first one to post their thoughts so that others might sign up...

 

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First-ever "Skate Strong" workshop report...

This weekend we had absolutely perfect weather for the first "Skate Strong" workshop here in the Triangle.  Partly sunny and 82 degrees made for a very comfortable day, if not a bit warm at times.  Smiles abounded at the end of the day, along with some mild sunburn...  :)

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Special Offer for the Free Raleigh Inline Skating Speed Workshop for Charity!

Signups for the inline skating (rollerblading, speedskating) workshop have been pretty light, so I have a special deal for anyone that might be "on the fence"...

Email me by Tuesday, March 20, to reserve your place in the workshop.  You do not need to make a donation before the inline skating workshop.  Attend the workshop on March 24th in Raleigh, NC.  If, after the workshop, you do not feel like it was worth your time, do not feel obligated to donate anything.  If, however, you do feel like the workshop was worthwhile, then please make a donation my MS Society Tour to Tanglewood fundraising effort.

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Great EsSkate 2007 Trip Report

Well, anyone that didn't go to the Great EsSkate this year really missed out.  The event was as great as it usually is, and was a much needed break from the cold weather we were having back in North Carolina, let alone the bone-chilling cold in the northern states!  A small group of us form the Triangle went down...  Dave, Marlys, and I flew down Thursday night, and Susan & Rosie flew down on Friday.  Thursday night, we had a great meal at an italian restaurant near the hotel...  I just about slipped into a pasta coma from my 4-cheese gnochi...  :)  The original plan was to do some kayaking Friday morning, but in the end we decided to be a little lazy and sleep in instead.
 
So we started Friday with the Art Deco skate, which was *really* well done.  I'd highly recommend it to anyone.  The guy leading the tour did an excellent job.  It was a nice, casual pace so everyone was comfortable with the speed.  After the skate was done, Dave, Marlys, and I took a detour from the group and headed over the Lincoln Road and grabbed a bite to eat.  By the time we made it back to the hotel, there was just enough time to go up to our rooms and get ready for the evening skate.  I had a little mixup at registration (apparently, I had forgotten to register -- oops!)  No problem though -- they were more than happy to take my credit card...  lol...

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B-b-b-b-b-b-b-b-b-Burnout!

The last couple of seasons, I've noticed that around September, my motivation to train really goes downhill.  Last season in particular, it was a struggle to stick to a training schedule until my last race, which was Le Defi in October.  Part of that could be attributed to getting injured in the NYC 100k and not training for a couple weeks after that.  (Any time I get sidelined, it's hard to get back into the routine.)  Part could have been due to some relationship issues that had me a little down.  But I think mainly that it was just a really long season -- and it's hard to stay focused for that long.  Basically, I started training seriously as soon as Daylight Saving Time started in the spring.  From that point on, I had a pretty specific schedule of what days I trained, and how long & intensely I skated on those days.  In particular, I think knowing that every Weekend I would be getting up early to skate took a mental toll.

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