My first experience with skating was back at Cheep skate roller rink in
Hopkins MN ( about 1980).
In 1982 a couple of classmates and I played hooky from school and rented skates to skate around lake Calhoun ( outdoor trail skating on quads) needless to say I was awful and the loop took more than an hour but fun great fun was had by all. I didn’t touch skates for the next 11 years.
In 1993 i purchased my first inline skates a pair of Rollerblade Aeroblades I loved those skates and skated many a lap around Como lake in St Paul..
a great workout and it was a lot of fun with one hill.
It took a good friend to really get my back into skating (summer of 2003). He was an aggressive skater and was itching to get back out on his skates..I tagged along in my Aeros even though their original wheels and bearings were long over due for replacement. He told me about this marathon in Duluth and convinced me to race in the 2003 Northshore marathon. I upgraded after a couple of weeks of training to a decent pair of Salomon skates...
I'm now on my fourth pair of skates Powerslide C4’s with a 3x100 1x84 Mohema frame and love them.
On the bouncing off of the ground front I was either lucky..or just terrified of going down so my first crash was no until Aug of 2003.
I was confronted with the option of oncoming bike handlebars or the dirt while training on a trail ( kids didn’t know how to yield rather than go one way or the other they took up the whole trail just as I approached. I was decending a decent hill at the time)
A postive is that I developed a pretty good formula for dealing with road rash after much experimintation (Tegaderm by 3M is great stuff)
I raced in Duluth for the first time four weeks later to the amazement of my friend who thought I would quite skating after that crash, I wound up beating him by an hour.
I was hooked on the sport and love racing marathons, my daughter is now racing with me also.
Races so far
2003 North shore
2003 Cactus Classic
2004 Big Granite
2004 St Paul
2004 North shore
2004 Cactus Classic
2005 Metra Dome marathon
2005 Big Granite
2005 St Paul
2005 Montreal Marathon
2005 North shore
See you on the trails