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skatey-mark's blog

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My Skate Progression

Was thinking about the various changes in my own skating setups over the years, so I thought I'd post them here and give other s a place to post their own histories...

 

1990? - 1999? Rollerblade Lightning TRS skates... (Bought used for $100.) I think they could take up to 80mm wheels, but it might have only been 76 or 78mm. I didn't pay much attention to what I was skating on back then, being just a "rowlerblayder"...

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Mark's Skweight Management

Okay, I just thought I'd consolidate some of the information I have in various places, and add a bit to it here, regarding my recent diet... Back on March 1st, I decided enough was enough after gaining about 30 pounds from the previous summer. About 10 of that was gained before the end of the skating season, and the other 20 pounds were afterward. I attribute much of that to moving, and having my schedule all screwed up for about 6 months. (3 months living with a friend after selling my old house & before closing on the new house... Then 3 months of unpacking and getting settled in the new house...)

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Body fat % -- how low is too low?

So I was measuring my body fat with my calipers this morning and it came out to 6.2%...  It varies a little day to day, so I'd say a conservative estimate is maybe around 6.5%.  The last couple weeks have seen it drop a little, where it had seemed to stabilize around 7% for at least a month, maybe more.

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Ozone and exercise

Okay, so I recently mentioned ozone as a potential health risk in a response to this blog entry... Well, I thought some more about it and decided I really needed to educate myself.

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Cursed Skates

Saw the title of the auction and just had to read it... Poor guy...

 

Cursed K2 Inline Cadence Skates

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Double-Century Weekend Challenge!

So some months ago, I read an article about this crazy endurance cycling dude...

 

That which does not kill me, makes me stranger

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contest: Tour to Tanglewood Recruiting Challenge

This was announced some time ago on InlineNC - just thought I would remind everyone about it...

There is a "recruting challenge" underway for this year's Tour to Tanglewood. Prizes will go to the people that recruit the most new cyclists or skaters to the Roadskater.Net team. The prizes aren't anything life changing, just some small fun things. The number of prizes has not been determined yet (I may add more as I think of some, or come across some) but there are at least four right now, and probably will be more...

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Sports Anemia

Some might find this interesting...  Our story begins inthe spring of 2004...

I had gone in for a normal run-of-the-mill annual physical.  I felt fine, it had just been a couple years since I had a checkup...  No big deal.  Well, I got a phone call from my doctor's office a few days later saying my white blood cell count was a little low, and I should go see a specialist about it.  Now, at the time I felt absolutely fine, so I figured the blood test was just a fluke and the person on the phone didn't seem terribly concerned, so I just let it go...

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Skating Supplements

So...  I had a doctor's appointment today for an ongoing anemia issue.  (More on that in the next post...)  She knows I do a lot of endurance skating and has asked me before if I take any supplements...  We talked about it again today, and I told her again that I don't take anything.  We also talked about diet in general, and what I eat during events as well...  (She asked if I ate the sport gels, which I said yes, and then asked what was in them...  Yadda yadda yadda...)

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What do you carry when skating?

A bit of an open question, but I was just curious what people take with them when skating outdoors...  For me, it definitely depends on the type of skate, but I can narrow it down to a few different types:

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Quads!

So I'll be the first to admit I have a skate fetish...  I have many, many pairs of skates from rec skates to off road skates to, of course, my speed skated.  And there are many, many parts I have laying around for those -- Just about any configuration could be put together...  I started getting curious about quad skates a few years ago, thinking it would be cool to have a pair to play around with -- after all, A2A started out as a quad event!

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Skating and weight loss

I just thought I would share some of my thoughts regarding dieting and skating, since I seem to go through this alot... For the past several years, I've been caught in a bit of a cycle where I put on quite a bit of weight over the winter (20-30 pounds) and then spend several months in the spring trying to work it off, only to put it on again the following winter. In 2005, I vowed that it would not happen that year, but I ended up moving and that threw off my exercise routine for many months, during which time I put on my winter weight, as usual...

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