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24-hour Montreal race -- taking insanity to a whole new level!

Okay...  everyone knows I'm a distance junkie, and just a glutton for punishment in general...  Last year I did my first 100-mile skate and had intended to challenge myself by skating 100 miles on back-to-back days.  My "double century weekend" never happened unfortunately, but I have been pondering my next challenge for some time now.

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Free(*) Skating Workshop in Raleigh, NC -- March 24, 2007

I've been cooking this up for a little while now and want to make the announcement even though the website isn't quite polished yet....

I will be teaching a skating workshop in Raleigh, NC the weekend of March 24, 2007.  This workshop is targetting beginner speedskaters and recreational/fitness skaters.  The workshop is part of my fundraising for Tour to Tanglewood, which benefits Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Défi 2006 Report Montréal Québec Inline Skate Race

OK - here it is...  Perhaps my longest writeup ever... 

Le Défi de L'Île de Montréal -- October 21, 2006

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PRE RACE

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Floyd Landis update - the best defense is a good offense

Floyd is taking the fight online and has apparently posted a lot of information on his home page.  (www.floydlandis.com)...  I've linked to an article with a summary and it sounds like he's just putting up a lot of data to back up his claim that the French lab was either incompetent, purposely spiked the samples, or both...

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A2A 2003 report

(posted on my website a long time ago, reposted here for Blake's A2A History project.)

 

 

Wow - I've been so swamped the last few days, that I'm just now to the point where I can write something of substance... Let's see now, where to begin.

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A2A 2002 report

(posted this on my website a long time ago, reposting here for Blake's A2A history project)

 

 

Well, 2002 was the year I was supposed to make a quantum leap in my performance. I trained better, upgraded to 5-wheel racing skates, attended an Eddy clinic, and had a little experience under my belt. I figured I was a shoe-in for a sub-7 hour time. In 2001, I put in a 9-hour time on rec skates, without any drafting at all... So I readily admit I was cocky going into A2A...

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A2A 2001 report

(Posted this on my website a long time ago... Reposting here for Blake's A2A history project.)

 

On Sunday, October 7th, I skated 86 miles from Athens, GA to Atlanta, GA. This was the culmination of much training and the accomplishment of a major goal I set for myself over a year ago. It's also pretty cool that, having just turned 30, I'm probably in the best shape of my life.

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Vintage Roller Skating video

Saw this posted on a couple lists...

 

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6652207924490072457&sourceid=do...

 

Looks pretty funny, in a "I can't believe people used to dress that way" kinda way...  ;)  Only watched a couple minutes of it, but it did appear to have some cool aggressive quad skating stuff in it too...

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A2A 2006 Report

My usual disclaimer of my already-fuzzy memory being even fuzzier while skating a long event applies here, but I'll do my best to recall the events of the weekend... :) TermiSkater did a pretty good job of retelling our (mis)adventures getting from Raleigh to Atlanta in his report:

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Argh! You're not fat - you have 'metabolic syndrome'

Well, the latest attack against personal responsibility is underway...  Now the pharmaceutical companies have coined a new 'illness' for doctors to diagnose:  'metabolic syndrome'...  I guess calling people fat doesn't sell as many pills...

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Injury, weight update

Well, I've mentioned a couple injuries in my recent blog entries, so I thought I would post an update...  First, the crash I had during a training skate that led to the Tegaderm experiment...

At first, I was relatively unimpressed with the Tegaderm.  It didn't really seem to be staying in place as well as I thought it should.  (I wanted that wound to be hermetically sealed!)  Of cours,e part of this was my own fault -- I think the Bactine left a bit of a film on the surrounding healthy skin that prevented the Tegaderm from sticking very well.  (Combine that with the hair, and it really didn't stick well at all.)  I also had wrapped that leg with a self-adhering bandage (the kind that allegedly only sticks to itself).  Well, that stuck just enough to the Tegaderm to make it shift on occasion.  So after a couple days, I removed the Tegaderm, cleaned the wound again with soap in the shower, and let it air dry for a good 20 minutes.  The Tegaderm stuck much better... This time, I used a foam "pre wrap" (like what someone would use under sports tape to keep it from ripping the hair off when you removed it) to wrap around te leg -- after verifying that it would not stick at all to the tegaderm of course!  That worked MUCH better...  Although the foam wrap was probably not necessary...  After a few days, I stopped using the foam and just had the Tegaderm on there.  The extra padding was largely unnecessary by that point.  After 10 days it was prtty much healed over with new (very sensitive) skin.  I decided to keep the tegaderm on until after Northshore, just in case of a crash (having a tiny bit of protection there.)  By then, it was a little annoying because it was itchy...  But the Tegaderm is gone now, and I'd say the roadrash is 95% healed.

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Rowbike - from the dude that started Rollerblade

Spotted this at Friday expo before Northshore and it looks pretty damn cool...

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It's called a RowBike, and basically is a hybrid rowing machine & bicycle. I really wanted to take one for a test ride, but was denied... (Takes some time to learn how to ride it, I guess.) Probably a good thing, since I certainly didn't need to be crashing the night before the marathon.

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Time to kick some French-Canadian butt...

Okay... I kid, I kid... :)

 

Seriously though... "Le Defi" is coming up and I'm seriously thinking about going up there for it, as I've mentioned before. It's a 128km (~79 mile) tour around the island. (You did know Montreal was an island, right?) It is timed, so some choose to see how fast they can do it. But it is a very scenic route, and would be very cool to just skate at a leisurely pace too. If you finish in under 12 hours, you get a bronze medal. Under 10 hours - silver. Under 8 hours - gold. (Course record is just over 5 hours...)

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Northshore Inline Marathon Report

OKay - this is try #2 (IE lost my first report...  Grr....)  Typing this in the hotel room, watching a little tv and chilling out before the awards presentation in a couple hours...

Friday:

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