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  • Reply to: Joy Revisited: Skating the Silver Comet Trail   5 years 33 weeks ago

    Thanks eebee and roadskater.  I have actually written an updated detailed blog that is being reviewed by the organization that proceeds will be going to.  RSN was the first to hear the idea!  I have a friend who is buying wheels and bearings for the event. Which is great news, however my skates only allow 82 mm max.  I have been searching through past post for an hour and have checked into the links to www.backstreetinlines.com and others.  But, it looks like most everywhere carries 90 mm and up??  Which wheels and bearings do you all prefer for outdoors?  What would be a fair price for wheels and bearings?

     

    Or should I look to spending money on a complete skate setup like the powerslide r4's?

     

    thanks. I'll let you know when the blog is ready.

     

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  • Reply to: Joy Revisited: Skating the Silver Comet Trail   5 years 33 weeks ago

    Forgot to say: yes, it's a great idea for you to check out the terrain between Cedartown and Rockmart, as the trail deviates from the original railway line bed. So it gets a lot more technical. We have described it here a few times in our 4th July Smyrna-to-Anniston write-ups (94 miles), and Roadskater posted photos. I'd like to say 'Sure! I'll be there', but I don't get to the SCT side of town very often, as I can't afford the gas! Perhaps we can get over there soon, though. 

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  • Reply to: Joy Revisited: Skating the Silver Comet Trail   5 years 33 weeks ago

    Hi un.retired! Thank you for joining the site and posting! This is a great place to tell of your plans, for a chance of other skaters to want to join you. It has been a long Winter, and a painful spring of flu and colds for me, so all those miles in the hot sun don't seem like they were ever mine, and even less that they may be again in a few months' time! 

    Hearing about your plans makes me want to get started on my own training schedule again.

    I started skating in 1999 with the aim of raising funds for the Leukemia Society by training for and taking part in the Athens-to-Atlanta Roadskate. I did it, and have been skating every year ever since. I like your cause. I haven't looked into how funds are used to try to nix human trafficking, but it's certainly something the world could do without, and the sooner the better.  

    I liked your comment about going to skateparks for laughs. I go to them for anxiety and nervousness. Anybody who can just 'drop in' has my admiration. I can do long, straight lines for a hundred miles at a time, but am not too agile on skates otherwise. 

    I find my lumbar region limbers up even more each time I skate, if I can train 4 times a week. If I go more than a week without skating, it locks up again. I think there's something about strengthening those lumbar muscles through having to support my upper body.

    At the rec/long-distance level, I don't think wheel size matters so much as having boots that don't turn your feet to minced beef after 20 miles. Finishing, and preferably with a smile on your face, feels so much better than crying in the ditch with raw heels a quarter of the way through. The roadskater crowd usually wears whatever helps them get maximum enjoyment out of skating, striking the balance somewhere between speed, comfort and energy economy. Oh, and economy economy, too, as you mentioned yourself! 

    Please keep us updated on your training and progress! Perhaps we will get to skate with you later this year!

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  • Reply to: Cycle-Skating on Single-Wheel Skates of the 1920s: Cycle-Skates Much Like Landrollers   5 years 33 weeks ago

    Great video! Those look like fun. They remind me of low, mini uni-cycles for each foot. Those ol' boys seem to be getting around well on them!

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  • Reply to: Joy Revisited: Skating the Silver Comet Trail   5 years 34 weeks ago

    Hey un.retired.skater: Thanks for rolling in. Any reason to get juiced up on skating again is great, and the Silver Comet is a lifeline of spinspiration to us all. We have some site readers who are in your area, and you could try to hook up with the aprr.org and a2a.net websites and emails lists. The first of these, Atlanta Peachtree Road Rollers, have an email list that is active on downtown and Silver Comet skate linkup times. One of our pals on the site here, tomb, lives essentially on the trail between 0 and 4. Hopefully he'll notice your note here. Regardless, please know that we're interested in your progress and questions and what you discover as you skate your way through and beyond your 72 days.

    I'm getting started very late this year, but feel it's about to happen. We'll be out there on the Silver Comet as the summer comes along, certainly. We love it. We've done parts or all of the Silver Comet and Chief Ladiga often, and some of our comments are here and photos are on RSN1.net.

    We look forward to meeting you.

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  • Reply to: Joy Revisited: Skating the Silver Comet Trail   5 years 34 weeks ago

    i am brand new to this site and just back to skating after several years off, besides the occasional skatepark for laughs.  I am not a beginner, but need some work getting my back used to this again. i skated a very relaxing 15 miles on Silver Comet the other day and plan to do 27 thursday.  I do not have professional skates, but my 4 year old rollerblades are decent fitness skates with abec 7 and 80 wheels. I just lost my job so no plans of upgrades...  Any how I heard someone speak at a good Friday service the other day about how they rowed a boat across the Atlantic ocean to raise awareness for "Human Trafficking/slavery."   She kept saying you don't have to row, just do something..   So I thought I would apply for jobs in the morning and train to skate 72 miles for freedom for the 27 million victims in the late mornings. 72 days because of the website www.72daysforfreedom.com   Given my lack of skating over the years I know its a bit crazy, but #1 its the some what flat silver comet; so a good place to start #2 Its for freedom!! #3 I can't sit around the house all day looking for jobs. #4 i saw a few roadskater post about rolling is faster than sitting

     

    Anyone out there want to help or skate? My plan of training was one 17 mile at the cedartown area to see the terain, 3 sets of 27 miles, 2 sets of 50, and then 72. Most days I will start between mile markers 0 and 9.5

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  • Reply to: Fun Indoor Inline Speed Skating Video: The NSC Experience   5 years 36 weeks ago

    They're kind of boring on the floor, not to mention painful if you're buttbalancing. So doing it on a skateboard (or - what was she rolling on in the video?) would be a whole lot more incidental fun, and may provide a much more comprehensive ab workout, just by having to keep your balance. I still can't find a more official-sounding name for this lumbar-friendly version of the V-up, but on iwantsixpackabs.com, I did find some wonderfully plain, at-a-glance animations for a variety of ab exercises. No videos to load, ads to sit through, or distracting dialog and outfits. Great! 

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  • Reply to: Fun Indoor Inline Speed Skating Video: The NSC Experience   5 years 36 weeks ago

    Thanks for the update on Jelly Bellys. Mmm. Sound good. The exercise seems like it'd work too. ButtBalanacers might be a good name but careful on any names starting with Butt, I guess.

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  • Reply to: Fun Indoor Inline Speed Skating Video: The NSC Experience   5 years 36 weeks ago
    Abs

    That second video, Secret Training of a World Champion, looks like a great ab workout, like Jelly Bellys on wheels. 

    Update: seems like it's not obvious what Jelly Bellys are, other than candy. Well that's what I get for quoting a $5/hour 'account representative' from 1998 Ladies' Workout Express. That's what she called the exercise where you sit on a soft workout bench or on a towel on the floor (easier not to fall off) and bring your knees up towards your chest (legs bent), and bring your upper body forwards towards your knees. I can't find the official name for this exercise. It's not V-ups, or fold-ups. Probably some other kind of ups. 

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  • Reply to: Fun Indoor Inline Speed Skating Video: The NSC Experience   5 years 36 weeks ago

    I have to admit it's fun watching indoor skaters crash. Surely this could be an olympic sport. Indoors and out there would be plenty of crash and burn and controversy.

    That helps get into the olys, right? So far, not. How about skating in bathing suits at least until the sport gets into the olys, then changing the rules like beach volleyball seems to be doing for 2012. Personally I like the indoor volleyball unis better than the beach volley ones, at least for volleyballers.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp34cQPwVT4

    Also, check out some buttsliding that might have some training benefit (looks like a nice big place to skate). Balancing with no hands or skates down would be good fun workout stuff metinken. I like that buttskateboard but think in the park it might hurt more to buttburger on asphalt.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FjDfotRH2I

    Then for some outdoor fun...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKnsjMaMEuo

    No, the cars behind you are not the problem unless they become the cars ahead of you! It is the cars ahead of you (and any skaters or cyclists ahead of them) that you will want to watch out for! :o)

    Mix inline skaters and video cameras and behavior gets a bit over the line. Roadskaters are not all like that. But then video of us might be a bit boring and snoooozy. Some of us don't do it for the video but for what it does for us mentally and eventually, physically. Come join us.

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