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Special Offer for the Free Raleigh Inline Skating Speed Workshop for Charity!

Signups for the inline skating (rollerblading, speedskating) workshop have been pretty light, so I have a special deal for anyone that might be "on the fence"...

Email me by Tuesday, March 20, to reserve your place in the workshop.  You do not need to make a donation before the inline skating workshop.  Attend the workshop on March 24th in Raleigh, NC.  If, after the workshop, you do not feel like it was worth your time, do not feel obligated to donate anything.  If, however, you do feel like the workshop was worthwhile, then please make a donation my MS Society Tour to Tanglewood fundraising effort.

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The last couple of seasons, I've noticed that around September, my motivation to train really goes downhill.  Last season in particular, it was a struggle to stick to a training schedule until my last race, which was Le Defi in October.  Part of that could be attributed to getting injured in the NYC 100k and not training for a couple weeks after that.  (Any time I get sidelined, it's hard to get back into the routine.)  Part could have been due to some relationship issues that had me a little down.  But I think mainly that it was just a really long season -- and it's hard to stay focused for that long.  Basically, I started training seriously as soon as Daylight Saving Time started in the spring.  From that point on, I had a pretty specific schedule of what days I trained, and how long & intensely I skated on those days.  In particular, I think knowing that every Weekend I would be getting up early to skate took a mental toll.

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Corpus Christi Grind Fine Smells at First Whiff

Oh I wish this were about fine grind espresso wafting through the air, but no. Of first blush it seems hopeful, even. I wonder. The City Council of Corpus Christi, TX has authorized the Police to write tickets up to $500 for skaters grinding city property. That's cool because it's about grinding not rolling, as Police Chief Bryan Smith explains...

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A2A & Ultramarathon Personal Psychology: Paceline or Go It Alone?

Sitting here safely in the inactivity of mid-winter, I've been pondering the subject of pacelines during A2A and other ultramarathon outdoor skate events. Since I never did the full 87 miles at a faster pace than 12.25 mph, my viewpoint is from the (s)lower range.

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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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Greensboro NC Eddy Matzger Roadshow Registration Open

The registration form is ready at http://skatecentral.com for the Greensboro Inline Speed Skating workshop now called the Eddy Matzger Roadshow, April 6-8, 2007.

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Eddy Matzger Roadshow Inline Speed Workshop Greensboro NC April 6-8 2007

2007.04.06 6:00 pm
2007.04.08 6:00 pm
We'll be having a Greensboro Eddy Matzger Roadshow Inline Speed Workshop this Easter weekend, April 6-8. I hope that you'll come and have some bunny weekend fun with us while getting a serious workout with some great dryland and skateland drills.
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Philly Freedom Skate 2006 Photos Philadelphia PA

I have just published 785 edited photos from the Philly Freedom Skate, June 16-18 to this address:


If you have any comments, please use "add new comment" below to place them here. I hope you enjoy the photos. Once again, there are lots of tourist shots because I'm a tourist, and I hope you like the shots of buildings, art objects and, of course, people!

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Absolutely: Railtrails Equal Ecotourism and Economic Revitalization

Absolutely. The Anniston Star gets it right in their opinion that shows their excitement about the "bridge in the middle of nowhere" and the paving of the last sections between Anniston AL and Smyrna GA hopefully in 2007. We've been there and we've seen the growth in ways we love and hate, but have to look upon with awe.

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The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) and Marathon Training

This post is partly for people out there on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) who want to find out more about getting sufficient and efficient carbs for marathon, or extremely long-distance training and events. This means no sugar, wheat, gluten, grains, corn, or potatoes. I put "marathon" in the title for the benefit of any SCD runners who might stumble across this. Obviously what I'm gearing up for, the 87 mile Athens to Atlanta Roadskate, is three and one third times marathon distance. A Google search didn't turn up anything useful for marathon training and SCD. So I thought I'd put my experience out there for anybody else searching.

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