Hi! Danny Dannels here. I skate with the Texas Flyers. I have received authorization from Guinness World Records to make a Trans-USA record attempt on my speed skates and sponsorship from Bont for the title to boot!
I will be skating up to 100 miles per day from Jacksonville, FL to San Diego, CA. I will be skating in the I-10 corridor (not on I-10). I am projecting a 30+ day journey rife with human struggle and accomplishments. I will also be blogging my account on my MySpace page during the trip. I begin January 1, 2008.
The current record is held by Rusty Montcrief who crossed the USA on inline skates in 69 days 8 hr 45 min from 5 January to 15 March 2002. He skated from Crescent Beach, near Jacksonville, Florida, and finished at Solana Beach, near San Diego, California, after covering 2595 miles.
Robert Burnson, editor of The Inline Planet, has blessed me with his insight on national weather patters. I will now be skating from San Diego to Jacksonville to accomodate a winter tailwind. Thank you, sir!
I picked up sponsorship from Bont along the way. I have a brand new set of custom Vaypor Blacks to do this in. Thank you Bont, Glenn Koshi, and Debbie Rice for making this come together for me. I just today received two four-foot Bont stickers to put on the sides of my car. They look cooler than racing stripes.
I will also be wearing an Ezee-fit hat to showcase their product. I love those little booties!
I understand from other endurance athletes that it is almost impossible to eat enough food to fuel this event. I am currently attempting to put on extra body weight in preparation for this event. I am up to 210lbs from my previous 185lbs. I've been eating everything in sight for two months. I'm pretty tired of eating at this point.
I and my wife are completely committed to this event. We will be taking a leave of absence from work. We have put our entire home in storage to go do this.
For this event we will be have several requirements to secure the record. We will be recording the entire event. We will be using a miniDv cam and a JVC HDD 30Gig camcorder. My wife, Hillary, will be filming the whole thing and driving the support car.
We will also be contacting media all along the way to come and do interviews for independent verification. We will also be required to stop and get people to sign a log book to verify that I was seen enroute. Each will be a person of standing within the community, such as school officials, pastors, or any public servants. This is a great way to go and touch so many people. It's almost like a scavenger hunt on a national scale.... on speed skates!
I currently have an enquiry in to Guinness to ask if any other skaters can come skate with me while I am out, or if a pace line would disqualify me.
For my skating background, I have been your classic skating commuter for the last decade. I have skated 20-40 miles a day for years on end, with day skates of 60 miles. I only recently came to the racing scene. I started racing in 2005. I'm not an elite sprinter, but I love to skate and skate and skate all day. Nick Dumonski of Thuderbay, Ontario told me during this year's St. Paul marathon, " You're not so much a sprinter, like a quarterhorse, you're more like a clydesdale. You start going, then you start going fast, then you just keep on going." Nick and skated that whole race together. Good times.
This skate is not a normal race. I want to maintain a 12-13 mph pace. That is an aerobic pace for me. Sure, there will be time that I will skate at 20 moh and higher. I am an adrenalin junkie after all, however, I also plan on finishing. I need to save my body as much as possible on this skate. The distance is 100 marathons in length. I am going to treat it as such. I will skate in blocks of 2 hours, or 26 miles. Then I will break for at least an hour. I will adjust as my body and road conditions allow.
On a personal level, I and my wife Hillary are newlyweds. We were married October 31st 2007. This event doubles as our honeymoon. I couldn't ask for a more supportive wife. Not only is she willing to plan, save and take the time off to let me go off and do this, she has committed to filming this for posterity. I am so lucky to have her blessing my life.
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We have about three weeks until we leave. Let me know what you all think.