That was super fun as expected. I got my 50 miles in, but not much more. I was having a lot of fun cruising and chatting with the new faces and old and the path was so mobbed I really couldn't knock out the miles too handily.
One guy (Troy?) came down and rode ONE LAP with James just to learn how to pump! The boat races were a bit of a PITA, but what are you gonna do? There's always SOMETHING going on at Greenlake on a Saturday. Had to duck, dodge, dive a few boats to avoid getting clocked as they were carrying them to and from the water. Those things have really pointy noses too. You could poke your eye out with one of those things!
All told, another absolutely kickass Ultra! I am already stoked for the next one!
I did my ultra on Sunday since I couldn't get the day off from work on Saturday. I ended up doing 68 miles in 8 hours. I actually felt content with 34 miles, since my previous longest session was probably closer to 20 miles, but I felt like I needed to challenge myself. At that time, I figured 100 miles would be very unlikely. I finished with a few more miles left in the tank, but had started having trouble with my feet and was pleased to stop when I did. I tip my hat to those of you who can skate for 12 or 24 hours. I have much respect for all of you. With more preparation I think I could get a hundred-miler under my belt, but right now I'm so satisfied with my effort I don't feel the need to top it. On a side note, I never once had to stop to pull any debris out of one of my Seismic springs, definitely a record for me.
Also did my Ultra this Sunday. Had family in town for the week and did not want to loose precious family time, so opted for a Sunday roll. Had a wonderful round trip ride spanning the Poudre River from Laporte to Greeley Colorado with a final jaunt from New Belgium Brewery to my home and back. Weather was great for the first 70 miles with winds kicking in for the last 30 miles. Winds sustained at 28.8 mph and gust at 36.8 mph, near the end. Didn't lie on my event entry when I say "100% chance of getting blown of my board by the wind". The icing was that all be it a head and cross wind for most of last 20 ish miles, I finished with the wind to my back and a whopping 14 mph pump session for the last 2 miles of the ride, wife and kids cheering me on and a cold beer waiting at the end of the trail. Final count, 100 miles in 12.5 hours. Congrats all.
...Weather was great for the first 70 miles with winds kicking in for the last 30 miles. Winds sustained at 28.8 mph and gust at 36.8 mph...
That's intense!! Huge congrats to you Jason on making a tough 100. The Maryland crew also made it through colder temps than we endured in Seattle. Curious to hear how you feel now that a day has passed! I spent a good part of Sunday in an epsom salt bath and stretching.
I posted the "Recent Results" on NCDSA just now, which will appear on the home page for a while - check it out and let me know if I've bungled any figures or names!!
And Ken you cranked some serious miles out there. Your mellow cruising (boogeying dancing and boardwalking included) pace could help encourage a lot of others who think 50 miles is too much. I'll take you up on the footworking session some time soon.
Thank you TONS Calin for being there with us at the start -- Calin took some really great shots, and sent me a few just now. Unfortunately I doubt we have any of him from this time. But he's the big guy that skated with Gareth and I on the start of the first Ultra and hasn't missed one since.
LOOK ITS ME ROCKIN THE KNEE HIGHS AND PINK HAT. I BE REPPIN THE PUSHIN BABY <3 THE PUSH _________________ The concrete is our canvas, our wave, our playgound, our catalyst for growth. When you feel it, flow with it, live in the moment; and shred it like you'll never skate again, everytime.
I've waited a few days so I could see all the photos and reports coming in and it looks very much like we've got some new and awesome distance crews out there now! Well done to everyone that took part, it was great to feel like there were other people going through the same experience. Fun times!
Congratulations to everyone who got over the magic 100! And for everyone that got to their goal, just as much kudos. It's a breakthrough moment.
Here at Dorney, we just had a blast. So much was learned that I think we were all happy to take our 50ish miles and run with them. For the first event of the season, it was just wonderful to meet up and trade stories, swap boards around, try out different setups, theorize and mull over designs. It was almost like there should have been a campfire at the end of it all!
I learned so much about pumping - how to propel myself forward with it, how to not waste energy, how to stop my arms flapping about like they do when I push, all that silly stuff. I think pumping, in the right location, could be how I roll next time. Pushing perhaps at night, as it feels a bit safer and known to me, pumping at first light til darkness falls. The best moment for me was doing almost a whole lap in silence with Keith, just timing our swooshes together so we pretty much skated in synchrony. That's when I got the magic of LDP.
The photos of the day give you a little idea of how magical Dorney is for distance - nowhere quite like the place at 6am with the red sun rising, frost on the grass, and mist over the water. The photo at the end of Ben's post, with us all on the standing stones by the lake pretty much says it all - a bunch of really stoked folks, high on longboarding.
Well done distance skaters of the world - see you all next time around! xxx
Congrats all !!!!
Photo's look great. Seattle, Dorney and TX looks like a rocking good time, and Maryland, what the hell, great turn out and great numbers, and big up's to MN and FL. We are the few and the proud, what a cool thing that long distance skaters around the world can bust out a global skate!!!!
JP re:recovery: Pizza, warm bath and a warm bed were key, back on my feet at work Monday.
I learn a lot on every ride, this one just confirmed that our original plan is the best plan, 100 miles on a big open trail, and the night time on a loop track. Being within the city, on a smaller loop, a place where friends / family can quickly and easily drop in, and even close to emergency medical assistance should it ever be needed -- I can't ask for much more than Greenlake.
Dave and I chatted a bit about possibly camping out at one of the smoother stretches of the Sammamish trail out on the Eastside for the overnight hours. That may be an idea worth pursuing for true distance pursuit, but it won't be quite as friendly spectator-wise or provide quite as comfortable a hang-out since the Eastside is a pretty bleak strip-mall kind of place.
Time to kick about the date for the next one? I started up this page ( http://www.ncdsa.com/contest_registration.asp?ContestID=414 ) but haven't chosen the exact plan yet due to other things going on. I think it would be a blast to incorporate the Summer Solstice Parade into the plans for any weekenders, but since the parade lands on a Saturday it would mean either skating 24 hours THEN doing the parade, or else enjoying the parade Saturday, then doing the ultra Sunday and taking Monday off work to sleep / recoup. It doesn't necessarily have to be that weekend though. However the weekend following is the Salem slalom / Oregon State Games which is also a ton of fun with skaters from the NW and California. Decisions, decisions...
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