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Sept. 25, 2008

Can I Skate Back-to-Back Distance Events?

QHi Bill: I am a 50-year-old female skater. I have skated nine marathons so far this year, and am signed up for the New York 100K and the 87-mile Athens to Atlanta Road Skate. My question is will I have enough time to recover between the 100K and a2a, which are only one week apart? - Thanks, Carol from Florida/California.

Hi, Carol: Congratulations. Nine marathons this year proves you're made of good stuff. And don't let your years discourage you. Age tends to invest athletes with durability, stamina and self-knowledge, all of which come in handy in long races.

The best thing you can do is play it by ear. If after the New York 100K you feel good, then, by all means, skate a2a. If you are fit and possess the necessary willpower, you should be fine.

But be sure to use recovery products. You will need them to help refill the tank after the rigors of the 100K.

In Europe, elite skaters favor Sustenium Plus, which they find to be a big help on those weekends when they skate back-to-back marathons on Saturdays and Sundays. (Note: Sustenium Plus is a food supplement which contains creatine, amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins and mineral salts.)

I remember people saying that my daughter, Nicole, was too young, at age 17, to compete in the Inline 111 in St. Gallen a few years ago. ... Well, she not only won the Inline 111, but followed it with wins during the next two weeks in the St. Kanzian World Inline Cup and the Podova marathons, along with $5000.

Here's the bottom line: If you feel good, go for it. If you're tired and have doubts, sit it out.

Cheers, Bill

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