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.
SKATING AND COOKIE FESTIVAL
DATE: September 24, 2011
REGISTRATION FOR SKATE: 8:00
SKATE TIME: 9:00
REGISTRATION FOR COOKIE BAKE OFF: 9:05
COOKIE BAKE-OFF JUDGING AT APPROX 10:00
LOCATION: Dix Stadium (KSU), Summit Street in Kent, Ohio (Portage County)
SKATE CHALLENGE REGISTRATION FEE: $35, COOKIE BAKE-OFF: FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC
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This is your chance to own the campus! The skate will take advantage of the newest leg of the bike and hike trail as well as the new esplanade through Kent State University's campus. Show the community that skating is alive and kicking in Portage County!
A MORNING FULL OF SKATING, COOKIES, MUSIC AND FUN! A FREE FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENT!
The Portage Bike and Hike trail has opened up its arms to skaters around the county!
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.
I'm in Chapel Hill at the Panera. I came down to do something near Cat's Cradle in Carrboro this morning. Then I was (and am) planning to do the American Tobacco Trail Wednesday night social skate, as I hear Jay from Atlanta may be rolling in, and Tom GotSkates is likely there, plus skatey-mark and more.
On the way into town I saw a bus that looked like a rock band bus...nice, but not announcing who they are...toting a trailer, too. I wondered who it might be, figuring they were on the way to the Cradle.
At Saturday's TTT training rest stop the roadskater.net mystery color jersey was the hot topic at Rest Stop 1. One of our teammates -- I will keep her identity a mystery -- went through the full spectrum of colors and said with confidence that it would be red this year. I let her know that if roadskater finds out she knows that the color will change. "It's already gone to press, it can't change," another said. We who buy the jerseys year after year and try all means of trickery to get roadskater or eebee to slip up and tell know that this is not the case. In fact, if you guess too hard and are close to the new color, it is my understanding that roadskater indeed has the power to change the color. My money was on a gray/black combo this year becauase that would go nicely with my new black, gray and pink bike (hint hint for future years). I do know this. I LOVE LOVE LOVE every roadskater.net jersey that I own. And after this year, I will have them all.
If any of you reading this has experience with heat exhaustion or dehydration I would appreciate your comments. Yesterday ended badly and yesterday’s headache is still with me. I’m wrapped up in a blanket with the A/C cranked on meat-locker cold.
It was already 82 degrees at 7:30 Saturday morning when I packed up my bike to head to the Tour to Tanglewood Training Ride. There was no way I was going to miss the ride hosted by my favorite bike shop, Cycles de Oro. I prepared for the ride with a decent night’s sleep and a protein shake packed with oats and almond milk. I rode with two full water bottles, each containing a small scoop of Shaklee Performance, and my last pack of GU. Distance choices were 10, 20 and 36. I was happy to learn that I didn’t have to make the choice between 20 and 36 until 9 miles in, at the first rest stop.
The road was closed for the 18th annual Napa Valley Inline Marathon
and Half Marathon so skaters, some Bay Area locals and visitors
from France, Germany, Australia and other countries, could have
free reign of the course.
“These people live for these types of events, where you get a
closed, smooth road and you can skate distances, not just like in a
roller rink where you go in circles,” said organizer David Miles,
55, of San Francisco.
Submitted by roadskater on Wed Mar 30 2011 11:57pm
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