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21 Miles on the Greensboro Atlantic & Yadkin Trail: Lawndale Target to Strawberry Road out-and-back

Greensboro's Country Park was hosting the Triad Classic Chevy Club's 17th Annual Car Show yesterday, so for our still-delinquent training miles last evening we needed to come up with an alternative. 

Roadskater drove us to the Target parking lot on Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, and we parked close to the gigantic brick, former-Sears Distribution Center building and donned skates. I felt excited at the prospect of exploring, and skating somewhere new. 

The initial half-mile of our trek provided smooth-as-ice asphalt under wheel, to the trailhead behind the Target. Even though the beginning of the trail is rather narrow and bumpy with two-foot-tall fire hydrants smattered here and there, sometimes in the middle of the path, the trail still gets you from A to B away from shoppers and cars. Almost 2 miles down the trail we joined up with the gnarly, roots-ridden path near the Lewis Recreation Center on Forest Lawn Drive and headed off North.

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Photos from the Wednesday Night Skate on the American Tobacco Trail August 10 2011

We had a great time with Jay up from Atlanta. With Skatey-Mark leading out then serving as sweep alternately, I think in all we had seven, including GotSkates Tom. I don't think I can call all the names, sadly, so I'd better stop there. But two others I know I have skated the trail with before, and one of the guys besides Mark had done the Carolina Century before as well. It was a fun bunch and I enjoyed not being in charge or on home turf but being a visitor.

We saw lots of cyclists including roadies and kids, and lots of families out using the trail. But it always felt good, never negative, to me. I guess I was in the middle most of the time, sometimes going up to the front and others going all the way back. It was a great time. 

http://roadskater.net/photos/american-tobacco-trail-durham-nc-skate-2011-08-10/index.htm

Location

American Tobacco Trail near Souper Salad
202 West NC Hwy. 54 Ste. 107
Durham, North Carolina
United States
35° 54' 45.702" N, 78° 56' 6.342" W
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Teaching Skating and What Skating Teaches in War and Peace

This is another piece that ends up leaning toward pimping some brands, but OK, when the brands have put some bucks into helping kids of war learn to skate and love...at least love to skate. What gets me here is how many things Percovich has tried, where he's been, and how exceptionally well he speaks at least in moments of this interview. 

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Speed Skating and Roller Figure Skating Get Props for Boosting Fort Wayne Economy

Here's a brief article giving the speed skating and roller figure skating championships some credit for bringing some money in to a town that can use it. 

Sports tourism a boon for Fort Wayne - News Sentinel -

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The Eight Seconds Workout: Speed Skater Shows How to Sprint and Tweet Your Way to the Olympics or at Least Money

I hope to come back to this (he often says), but I wanted to post it before it's gone. Barry Publow's book, Speed on Skates, had some info on this, and eebee and I actually did some really short workouts one year. I would not call them fun, exactly, but I think they were helpful (along with being younger, lighter, and more obsessed with skating every day). 

 

Hill sprinting part of speed skater's tough work-out - Vancouver Courier -

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Yes People Do Still Figure Skate on Quad Roller Skates and They're Doing it Now on the Internet Free

Not much time to comment, but while looking up some results from the USARS speed skating, I noticed that the streaming links for that are still working. The current competition is figures and it appears to be compulsory routines. There's a chat box so you can learn a bit about what's going on. I don't know why but this gave me some encouragement at times today when I needed a short break. It's fun to see people enjoying the various ways of rolling on various kinds of skates. Looks like pairs is beginning as I wrap this. They're a couple of hours behind schedule, it seems!

Check it out:

http://skatersplace.com/Streaming.html

or...

http://www.justin.tv/tvmr?utm_campaign=live_embed_click&utm_source=skatersplace.com#/w/1534434384/14

Here's more info:

Location

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Fort Wayne, Indiana
United States
41° 4' 45.3828" N, 85° 8' 21.6636" W
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