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Speedskating Season is Starting and During an Olympic Year it Matters

This is a brief note to point to an article about pro long track speedkating season. The one that matters to me, at least. No disrespect intended to the short track derby, but I like mostly non-contact sport contests of speed. The first turn of an F1 race is admittedly often an exception.

This weekend pro long track starts again, and TeamUSA has some experienced skaters leading up to the Olympics. Notably, Shani Davis, a great speedskater over the years, returns. Also Heather (Richardson) Bergsma, from High Point, NC, is back on the ice for another year always being a threat to win the gold. I don't know how or if I'll be able to catch this off the airwaves or streams, but might make an attempt. Former inliner Joey Mantia will also be on the team! 

Location

Thialf
Pim Mulierlaan 1
Heerenveen, Friesland 8443 DA
Netherlands
52° 56' 19.23" N, 5° 56' 35.5812" E
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2014 Berlin Inline Skate Marathon Video

Here's another skate marathon video (helmet cam) from Europe in 2014. The road surfaces look great! Video is over 1 hour long. 

The packs start to thin out after about ten minutes. Closed roads. Church bells. Bystanders cheering. Tramlines. "Paß auf!". Street musicians and the Doppler effect. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHaGtm8jFas

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Puente la Reina 2014 Inline Speed Skating International Marathon

This looks like a great event. Very A2A-ish, hillwise, but marathon distance. There are some pretty technical hills on the course by the looks of it. 

 

I believe a blind skater completed the race, aided by a paceline buddy. I don't know anything other than the name of the event and what's visible in the video, but I will add to this as I find out more, if I get time. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OKVSsnMpHo

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Photos of Roadskating Around Paris France from 2003 2004 2005 (Inline Skating Pari Roller and More)

A tweety one. While looking at great free software for fat32/ext3 (TestDisk), I found...

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Roller

Enjoy! roadskater

Location

Place Raoul Dautry
Paris 75015
France
48° 50' 30.2676" N, 2° 19' 14.1888" E
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Useful Explanation of Multiple Sclerosis and How High Vitamin D Levels Can Reduce Chance of Getting MS

Since we raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis research and advocacy through the Carolina Century and as the Roadskater.net cycling and inline skating team, we often are asked about the disease. We've tried to learn more about it, but it can be difficult to explain in a few words. One of our sidebars on this site tracks MS research, and usually the articles are either inconclusive or incomprehensible.

This article is pretty good, especially in the last three paragraphs, which explain MS generally. It's worth a read as a backgrounder, and for the information on the Vitamin D as a factor in MS development. The first comment to the article also seems knowledgeable, and the recommendation for Vitamin D from sunlight sounds good...but I think I may need to add some vitamins in with that. 

Location

Umeå University Umeå, Västerbotten
Sweden
63° 49' 33.0492" N, 20° 15' 46.926" E
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English Fashions

Home. Home again. I like to be here when I ca-a-a-an.

Shopping in Bournemouth today and I notice women of all ages from 18 to 60 all dressed in similar clothing styles. There are no "Juniors" or "Misses" sections in the clothing stores. It's all mixed. Consequently, women my age (45) aren't doomed to safe outfits like twinsets and slacks or to certain stores. I saw a £100 pair of bright blue Doc Martens I would've liked to buy, and a whole load of other outfits I'd like to wear. But I'd only be able to wear them here because if I wore them in Georgia I'd be accused of being a cougar.

Hoping to dodge the showers tomorrow and head over to Old Harry Rocks (Handfast Point).

Computer time is limited this time around but I hope to note more pseudo-foreign observations soon.

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2012 BMW Berlin Marathon Inline Skate Finish Video

Per Bill Begg on the Bont forum, this year's Berlin Marathon had a total of over FORTY-EIGHT THOUSAND (!!!) participants! This spread out over skaters, hand cyclists/wheel chair athletes and runners. About 6,800 were skaters. Not too shabby! And they had beautiful weather this year as opposed to the driving rain they had in recent years. The skate portion of this event happened last Saturday, Sept. 29th.

Here's a pretty good video of the final few KMs, of eventual winner Ewen Fernandez of France, and Bart Swings of Belgium, showing the beauty of this sport. 

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4051845253239

I'd like to see ALL the footage taken from these cameras during this race. The way these two skate is so pretty, frankly I can't handle it.  

Location

Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)
Pariser Platz
Berlin, Berlin
Germany
52° 30' 58.3596" N, 13° 22' 39.6228" E
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Centenarian Completes Metric Century, Sets Record on Velodrome, 300 Laps, 14.4 Miles per Hour Average

Well just in case we needed to be inspired (or depressed?), a guy over 100 years old skated his age in km at a velodrome in Lyon, France in just over four hours and seventeen minutes. This is good stuff! This is good news for a rainy afternoon with no outdoor skating likely on this day, with a2a.net 87 miles of skating less than 9 days away. I'll be slower than the oldest people out there, I'm sure! Some of those dudes are fast! But I am looking forward to it. My Forerunner 305, however, is showing signs of not wanting to be awake that long at one stretch. A fix, hopefully, is on next week's agenda. 

 

French centenarian wins 100 km cycling challenge - Chicago Tribune -

Location

Tete d’Or (Georges Prévéral) Velodrome Lyon
France
45° 46' 56.154" N, 4° 51' 20.2644" E
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Brief Notes on Training and Scientific Approach by Speed Skater Juerg Feldmann, Early Coach of Giro Winner, Ryder Hesjedal

The Giro is now over and the last four or five days were fun and interesting to watch. It came down to a small group of stellar riders who had outpaced their support riders for the most part. It was close down to the last few seconds and there were several impressive performances. Ryder Hesjedal became the first Canadian to win a grand tour (Giro d'Italia, Tour de France, Vuelta Ciclista a España). The article linked here discusses an early coach, former Swiss Speed Skater, Juerg Feldmann, and some of his methods and tools (notably the SpiroTiger, for which this might be somewhat of a PR plant?). Regardless, perhaps worth looking into for more information regarding the coach, his methods, and his training tools...

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