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Eddy Matzger Roadshow Inline Skating Speed Workshop (Rollerblading Clinic) Greensboro, NC, Apr 18-20, 2008

roadskater's picture
2008.04.18 5:00 pm
2008.04.20 6:00 pm

Come learn from the master teacher and ultramarathon king of Athens to Atlanta. Eddy comes back to Greensboro again to get us back on the street, back into the drills, and back into inspiration....

Friday we have a social skate and get to know everyone and talk about skating.

Saturday early we crank Eddy up on espresso and bagels (you bring some too!) and we'll be doing yoga stretches and skate drills on dryland and on wheels. After lunch we'll do more drills and you'll get to skate for the camera as Eddy outskates you going backward, videoing the whole thing while narrating in a way you won't believe. The DVD is your gift forever after the weekend is technically over...but it'll never be over since your skating will forever be better.

Saturday evening we reconvene to watch the videos and take measurements of our form, and Eddy takes a stop-action look at your stroke as you start putting the power to the road through your heels.

Sunday we get cranking again with the same caffeine and sugar crutch, do some stretches, whereupon one can see that the roadskater is not very nimble and in fact might topple like a weeble in an embarrassing heap! But no worries, it's all for skateylove, and you will almost never have a weekend like an Eddy Matzger inline skate workshop because you will seldom spend about sixteen hours on the asphalt and another four to six in serious talk about skating while focusing on drills and technique.

Sunday we refine our skills and drills and talk about pack skating and strategies, and sometimes do a bit of just for fun time trial races.

It's a totally drenched in skating weekend and you will almost never get that...there's always something you have to do at home...so come to Greensboro and get away to your soul with some double push curves in your stroke this April.

Check it out at

More details to come as we solidify our venues, but a great place for hotels is at NC-68 and I-40 near the airport.

Normally we meetup at Bur-Mil Park at 5pm on Friday and do some social skating and go from there!

Skateylove y'all...roadskater


Bur-Mil Swimming Pool Parking Lot
5898 Bur-Mill Club Road
Greensboro, North Carolina
United States
Phone: (706) 613-3890
36° 9' 44.4636" N, 79° 52' 16.7772" W


skatey-mark's picture

I look forward to this

I look forward to this workshop every year! I can't recommend it enough!!! Eddy is a fantastic and charismatic teacher, and Blake is an excellent host... If you don't have plans for that weekend yet, sign up! If you already have plans, cancel them and sign up!!! :-) - SM -
roadskater's picture

Host Schmost. Get to the Next Level. Keep Eddy's Dream Alive!

Thanks Mark. As far as attendees, the host really doesn't do much. It can seem like things are confused and unplanned even, but that is just part of what I think is the most important function of a host...to give Eddy a separate place for non-teaching time that nobody visits, away from the students so they can talk with each other or ruminate alone as well, with time and flexibility to recharge and rethink and rework and reconsider and review what he has done and will be doing for each individual there. Every workshop is different because every class of students makes it different.

He doesn't ask for this privacy, but I think time away from the class is the most important for the teacher. I've done maybe 9 or 10 of these workshops so far, probably 5 not as host but in Manhattan or Atlanta. When Eddy does Atlanta after Greensboro I usually go to that one. It's much easier to make progress away from home I think.

Anyway the host's job as much as possible is to not rob energy from Eddy...either be neutral or rejuvenating if possible, but not make it more difficult. So...routine, calm, boring, restful, quiet, groceries, conversation...because the students want to get the most out of their time with him and he wants to give, and some have never met him and in our ultramarathon skate world he is a celebrity to us skate-obsessed freaks.

I try to keep as many things as possible flexible so Eddy can privately make some decisions and sometimes he just says "you decide" but he knows he can do whatever he wants and we'll make it work. That's why we basically know where we'll meet for the social skate and that's the only published certainty, sometimes, even if we basically know a plan from years past. Places change from year to year so you have to keep backups in mind and have several quiet contingencies, but there's no need to focus on backup plans with attendees, because...

Eddy will not let anything stop him from teaching the full promised amount of time no matter how much you slack off or beg him to cheat you! If one person needs a break, it is no problem. Plug in where you need to. But he travels here and you provide him with a skating life and he will not let you down.

Check this out:

Eddy has skated 1,548 miles at an average pace of 18.4 miles per hour in at least 18 attempts.

Total MilesTotal TimeAverage MPHLast, First NameGender
1.1. 1548 84:15:19 18.37 Matzger, EddyM
2.2. 1543 94:39:22 16.30 Brockmann, UweM
3.3. 1139 89:32:53 12.72 McCue, TomM
4.4. 1124 64:51:31 17.33 Belden, BruceM
5.5. 1039 71:42:08 14.49 Thomas, JohnM
6.6. 990 60:24:06 16.39 Patino, MiguelM
7.7. 978 99:52:15 9.79 Kaplan, DavidM
8.8. 964 68:33:25 14.06 Cummings, DennisM
9.9. 954 61:01:59 15.63 Abbema, Duane VanM
10.10. 950 65:21:00 14.54 Hooker, AllanM
11.11. 868 49:40:55 17.47 Humphrey, DennisM
12.12. 864 87:40:25 9.85 Henry, KimM
13.13. 816 57:51:57 14.10 Farnsworth, MarkM
14.14. 786 91:00:34 8.64 Baumgartner, DonnM
15.15. 781 67:35:46 11.55 Friedland, GlennM
16.16. 780 57:33:32 13.55 Grosspietsch, ThomasM
17.17. 754 58:22:41 12.92 Goode, KentM
18.18. 696 43:59:26 15.82 Griffin, LarryM
19.19. 696 56:14:22 12.38 Skelton, JoelM
20.20. 696 61:54:59 11.24 Lambert, BlakeM
21.21. 695 40:09:59 17.30 Keane, TomM
22.22. 695 43:48:18 15.87 Schoenung, GlenM
23.23. 695 61:30:52 11.30 Merschen, MarkM
24.24. 693 48:46:23 14.21 Harwell, BobM
25. 1.692 48:21:05 14.31 Hudson, KendraF
26. 2.691 42:13:44 16.36 Hartman, BarrieF
27.25. 642 54:53:58 11.69 Forsythe, RonnieM


Now you can say, "Blake, why have you not gotten faster lately after these workshops?" Well, first, I'm not really driven to be fast. If it happens, great. I want to love skating because it will love me back. I'm a much more stable, confident, self-assured skater after the workshops and post-workshop training. But I believe the workshops have definitely helped me skate better within my limits each given year, and this has helped me finish A2A every year since 1999 including the unofficial "outlaw" 2005 and controversial "sidekick" 2005 editions (Boo!)...others did it a third time in 2005 and they would not like me to tell you who. (I'm 20th but would be 26th by speed in the group if the course had not been reconfigured at 87 miles in recent years; my only hope is to stay healthy and fit and durable.) Note that NC skaters Kaplan, Farnsworth, Goode, Lambert, and Hudson have logged a lot of roadskating at Athens to Atlanta, Hudson very nearly winning one year despite a crash. Also note that David could've broken the 100 HOURS at A2A mark had he not switched from his old neon plastic RollerBlades to his Bonts sometime back...he is Number 1 in his hours of devotion to skating the course during the event!

Take a look at my A2A data at a2a.net and you'll see that after the first few workshops I did get faster. I was lighter weight and I was traveling more to skate and mentally obsessed with skating! Healing through creation (of photography, painting, music, dance, skating, other art!) is a wonderful thing. My own analysis is less skating, deterioration of equipment, injury, and a continued love of eating badly! I think were I able to be a vegetarian (what people call a vegan because vegetarian is a poser name in the USA), I'd be pretty darned fast! But so far I haven't wanted to go there.

But I can tell you that every workshop serves as a reminder of what I can and can not do well right now. The last workshop really put the word in on my ankle and the structural problem with my beloved V-Tek Verducci boots. It took awhile but it put the idea in my head that I had better get some stability back for that ankle. With regard to that I am really liking the Powerslide C4 I bought barely used on eBay for under $100 (in spite of my sadness for mia Verducci), and on the flagpole switchback in GCP I can feel (and also not feel) a difference in stability and pain.

Funny. I look forward to doing the drills, as hard as they can be sometimes, to see how this 'shop will go. Note that lifelong rink rats like Tomahawk just kill those drills, since they teach stuff like that on quads or inlines anyway. The first time you attend, the workshop will expose you to things you never dreamed!

Eddy breaks it all down to basic elements, and if you repeat those elements, you will be building what you can later craft into your own several ways of skating, depending on conditions...a way to skate in rain, in wind, when cramped, in packs, on flat smooth stuff, on gator, on gentle hills, on steep hills, in short events, in long events. It's like going to Sears and buying a lot of new tools to throw in your skateylove toolkit. First you just put in the mental manuals, the ideas. In later sessions after your first workshop you start to notice, remember, build through repetition. The next workshop something else might click. Eventually on various days of your life, you sense you just made it to the next level...and it may not be the day of the workshop.

Another reason to be at the workshop is to get to know people who are likewise currently obsessed with skating (even if they actually skate less than some years). It's fellowship and ritual just like any religion!

And of course it'd be worth sitting on the sidelines and paying to watch Eddy skate for eight hours two days in a row. He just doesn't stop, even when he lets you stop, because he is in training the whole time he is teaching you for as much as sixteen hours mostly on skates. You need a breather, OK. He doesn't. He'll go over it again on skates.

I don't meet many people I think are great teachers. I had none in high school, really, except for the guy who taught me leatherwork with hand tools and pottery on the kick wheel. The high school English teachers were too scared to teach Shakespeare and Chaucer in their full pleasure. I had some great ones at uni, three great ones in literature I guess (one in Elizabethan and before; another mostly American playwrights; another Walden and later anything hippie-like; plus decent stuff in existentialism), and some very good ones in physics.

Eddy is one of the great teachers. Doesn't matter that he wins this or that race or even if he doesn't. He's one of the few who

So if you attend or workshop in Greensboro, you help keep your dream alive, but you help keep Eddy's dream alive, too!
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wow, 696 is lots of miles, Blake

I'm developing A2A-envy here.

Eddy was an important force in my learning to skate.   He convinced me I needed to unlearn everthing I knew and start over.  Inline was a lot more fun once I changed my form.


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Thanks. Slow Miles.

You're right about Eddy breaking it down to build it up. I will think about various things from the workshop all year and compare with how other skaters do it and remember Eddy's way as what I consider the efficient, long distance way to speed. Chad's and similar folks' technique are great, but there's a lot of movement there and I think for the long run (over marathon distance) Eddy and Dan and similar have the efficiency advantage. Regarding A2A, I'll never be fast even when I'm fast for me, most likely, but yeah, slow miles are still miles. Too bad that in 2005 neither skate from Athens to Atlanta received credit, neither "Outlaw" nor the one 3 of us did on A2A day that I called "Sidekick" just for fun. Sad too that some took offense to us doing that. I didn't do it to make anybody mad. But it's right that none of the trips that year count I guess, since it was officially canceled. We've done Dacula to Athens probably four or five times a few weeks before A2A and that is always a great skate, because you see it totally differently if you haven't done the 38 miles before it. That has always been one of the most fun skates of the year, starting in downtown Dacula, going to Piedmont Park. That doesn't and shouldn't count for miles either in this category. Interestingly, David K. got a lot faster this year and if he had been 8 minutes slower he'd be first over the 100 hours skated just at A2A mark, I think. Most of those miles were logged on Rollerblades of the neon buckled sort I think...can't call the name and not sure about the neon...but you get the idea. Microblades? At the Outlaw, Eebee was the only femme to skate it that year. We straggled in way after the others who all stayed together, except we did pass one at Clarkston who said to go on. Later we met Eddy and I think Sam F. coming back on the course on skates to go back to Clarkston to check on him. The Outlaw was pretty fun and felt safe too, as did the next week's excursion. The Outlaw, however, included a party where Henry got some well-deserved honors. It was a good time.
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Anybody doing, or wanting to do, any sharing of hotel rooms? I spent way too much going to Road Rash last weekend and need to keep this one as cheap as possible.
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Inexpensive Hotels

This is a bit of a repeat, but a good area to stay is NC-68 and I-40. There is a Motel 6 there that is inexpensive and in a safe area, and one with good access to where we are likely to be. It usually is a bit cheaper to book online I think. Nearby are several others, including Hampton Inn and Sleep Inn, I believe. Our location is likely to be as before but I still want to check that again this weekend. We have been in the area near Hobbs and New Garden. I am not aware of any hotels in that specific area, but all things are still well connected and free-flowing in that area of town. There is a smaller hotel called Battleground Inn or some such that would not be a bad location, but I don't know anything about that hotel. There are two newer, and much nicer, hotels by the people who developed Lucky32 restaurant. These are also in a good area for access to the workshop. The O'Henry is a highly ranked hotel and the newer Proximity would likely be similarly esteemed, the latter being themed on sustainable energy design, I believe. My personal advice would be to stay away from Wendover/I-40 and High Point Road/I-40 just because they tend to have more traffic and they are slightly less well connected for quick travel to where we will be. Hope this helps. More info to come as I get a chance to review our location options again this weekend.
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Stuff to bring to the workshop

I know Blake just sent out an email to people that are signed up... That reminded me to dig out my annual list of stuff to bring that you might otherwise forget... Ten things that you might forget to bring to the workshop, but wish you had. 1) Sunscreen. Even when it's cold outside, the sun can be pretty merciless to those who don't use sunscreen. We'll be in a parking lot with pretty much no shade for 7 hours each day. That's alot of sun... There's always at least one or two people that turn into lobsters each year -- don't let it be you! :) 2) Camping chair. If you're driving, throw one in your trunk so you have a comfortable seat during the breaks. If you're flying, it's not that big of a deal... More of a luxury item really... :) 3) Muf-fits/Barfits/Powerbars/etc... FOOD... You'll be burning alot of calories and you might need something to tide you over until the next meal. Anything will work here. I'll probably be bringing Snickers bars, personally... 4) WATER/GATORADE/ETC... LOTS AND LOTS OF IT... If it's hot, figure your body needs about 1 liter per hour. If it's cold, probably a little less. I'll probably bring a gallon jug of water, which may need refilling/replacing at lunchtime. Something with electrolytes in it is probably preferable. And with a sports drink like gatorade, you get some calories for energy too. 5) Protective gear. Helmets are required for the workshop. Wristguards/sliders are STRONGLY recommended. But you may want to consider breaking out those knee & elbow pads too. Some of the drills are a little awkward, and falling is a reasonable possibility regardless of skill level... You may find yourself getting reacquainted with Mr. Asphalt and Mrs. Roadrash... Even if you don't think you're going to wear them, it's probably a good idea to bring them, just in case... 6) Athletic tape and band-aids... Being on your skates so long may give you some blisters or hot spots... Have something that you can protect your feet with at the first sign of discomfort. You'll enjoy the workshop alot more if your feet aren't killing you. 7) Extra wheels, bearings, bolts, axles, brakes, etc... You definitely don't want a mechanical failure to put you out of action. Bring your extra parts and tools with you just in case you need to perform emergency surgery on your skates. Duct tape and zip-ties have even come in handy at past workshops! If you've recently bought new skates, you should bring your "old reliable" skates as a backup too... 8) Ibuprofen. A little "Vitamin I" will do wonders in the morning... You'll be working pretty hard, and it's early in the season so most of us haven't been on our skates for any length of time since October or November. Those muscles and joints are likely going to be sore. 9) Clothing -- You just never know what the weather will be like... Expect cold weather in the mornings, warmer in the afternoon. Be able to change clothes so that you're comfortable. Also be sure to bring a coat/jacket you can throw on quickly when you're sitting down. So you'll want short & long sleeved shirts, shorts & long pants, jacket, boot covers if it's really cold. Maybe even a hat or ear warmers. Check the forecast before leaving and pack appropriately... 10) A friend... It's not too late to sign up for the workshop! :) While it's nice having a small group so that we get more individual attention, we'll be more likely to get Eddy to come back next year if we have a bigger group. So spread the word and let others experience the workshop too. In Blake's recent email, he makes some other good suggestions... You'll want extra skating socks to change into during the day. (I usually put a fresh pair on after the lunch break.) No-fuss shoes/sandals will makes things more convenient for you. A dry shirt to change into quickly, and shorts to pull over your lycra will be more appropriate for lunch & dinner than skating clothing. Sunglasses, a camera, and a cellphone are also great ideas... See you all at the workshop!! - SM -
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Thanks to All Who Attended the Workshop

Hey this is just a quick note to say thanks to those who came to Eddy's roadshow workshop in Greensboro. I think everyone learned lots and two new skateysouls really got a boost from the first timer experience. I suffered from some heel pain until I put more washers in those back bolts on my boots, which seemed to help, albeit late. I also suffered from gravity. But I think I worked on one or two things I haven't kept my focus on as well in the past. Backing off on speed helped me work on those things. The food sites worked out, and Craig and Bobbi gave us a great place for the Saturday video analysis. The Sunday rain site worked out as well as could be expected, meaning excellent considering the storm came through. We only missed by about 10 miles having hail on the ground that looked like snow on the news reports. Perhaps a more complete report will follow as a separate article, but for now, thanks for coming and we missed those who couldn't make it.

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