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California Women Love Pandemic Roller Skating They Say

Imagine that! Women in California like to go roller skating. I think that has been true for some time, but it does seem that roller skating, quad and inline, is on the rise during the time of the pandemic. Of course, they're not worried about helmets or wrists or masks or viruses, as long as we can see their hair and smiles. Maybe the appeal of skating is that it feels a bit dangerous in such a safe time? Ha. Well, it's good to see people skating!

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I Skated Four Miles Today

It was 50 degrees, so my fingertips ended up needing gloves, but it was good to skate a few minutes. I've been skating my neighborhood roads during most of the pandemic, as my usual park has often been more crowded than was comfortable for me. I love and miss the park, though!

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Polarized Training: More but Easier Easy and Less But Harder Hard May Be the Way

In recent weeks I've been following some podcasts and reading some studies about training as I get ready to get back to eating and training better once the sun hits me after the time shift. Last year, I had lost a lot of weight and had trained pretty well, but at A2A start line I felt weak. Carolina Century I felt much better and stronger, but I tried managing problems from the road and that didn't work.

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Suffering and Sport: TDCS, Perception of Effort, Controlling Emotions, The Hour Record for Cycling, More

Oh boy! More stuff to contemplate on Performance Enhancement and Perceived Effort.

This all started with a BBC article, discussed and listed below, which seemed a bit disjointed, like this article will. First, let's cover a simple electrical device that may help reduce the mental blocks (some people might consider these safeguards) to exercising to physical exhaustion.

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Youngest Triple Axeler and an Octogenater

I went to see the video of the youngest female to do a triple axel, and it was kind of fun to watch, especially with the interviewer almost falling most of the time, but I also enjoyed another video about an over-80 skater who loves his skating like dad loved riding his bike in his 80s. His specialady skates too. Fun stuff.

'I'm the youngest lady to land a triple axel' - BBC News

Thirteen-year-old Alysa Liu is the youngest ever US women's national figure skating champion.

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NC, a Hotbed of Olympic Speedskating

North Carolina becomes a hotbed of Olympic speedskating

William Douglas, McClatchy News Service, February 16, 2018

The U.S. Olympic speedskating team at the 2018 Winter Olympics has a North Carolina accent.

Long track skater Heather Bergsma and short track coach Anthony Barthell hail from High Point, N.C., while long tracker Kimani Griffin is from Winston-Salem.

The Tar Heel State isn’t known as a hotbed for ice sports. But the state has a reputation as a mecca for inline skating, which has increasingly become a key supplier of talent for the U.S. ice speedskating program.

There's quite a lot in this piece about the High Point Speed and Piedmont Speed skating teams and their impact on ice speed skating at the current Olympic games.

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Heart Rate Monitors, Fitness Trackers, Garmin Vivosmart HR & Fitbit Charge HR

I love my Garmin Forerunner 310xt for the GPS, 20-hour battery, big display (even if a clunky housing), and for me, good solid HR readings. I usually don't mind wearing the strap, but sometimes, it is a drag...especially on really hot sweaty days. I'm interested in any experience people have with

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Ok. But Can It Do Crazylegs?

Revealed earlier this year, Handle the robot, by Boston Dynamics has legs and wheels.  While watching this video over and over I recognized skate mechanics and hints of unicycling.  I wonder if the creators studied those sports. Handle would have no problem with the Art Museum Steps in Philly.  Twirl Girl with one hell of a knee bend angle. 

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37th Athens to Atlanta Road Skate (A2A.net) in Georgia, USA Oct 14, 2018

From their website, a2a.net, which has lots of information under "TELL ME MORE":

Athens to Atlanta (A2A) is the oldest and most famous road skate in America. Starting in Athens, Georgia, participants skate through beautiful country roads and quiet suburbia before navigating city streets and triumphantly crossing the finish line in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward Skate Park. The course is challenging and requires experienced road skating ability, courage and stamina. Skaters who may not be ready for the whole 87 miles may opt for the 38-mile event, which also starts in Athens, or the 49-mile event, which starts near Dacula, GA. Inline and quad skaters are welcome and anyone from 8 to 80 years old may enter.

 

Roadskater.net inline skaters have skated A2A as many as 20 times. Familiar names can be found on the A2A Duraskaters (Distance) records page.

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