Im still looking at my options, thats why i havent committed to anything yet. Im thinking ill probably do the ultra as *gasp* a pusher. Ive been putting in more time pushing lately and can actually push mongo reasonably well on my pushing setup, which greatly increases my range. I also go thru a lot less water over the same mileage, which makes me believe its probably more efficent for me. With giant 85mm wheels, i also feel safer on my pusher, less chance of getting tossed by a chunk of gravel i failed to see after 10 hours of laps around greenlake ^_^ Like i said, nothing is in stone yet but if its a dry day and my options come down to slalom or ultra, ill probably pick ultra.
Seriously, I'm going to bust out something like 5 or 6 laps rotating boards between push and pump, and then hit Greenlake B&G or Blue Water for some beer. Maybe another lap after, sleep at home, couple more laps the next day, another beer.
That's my plan. _________________ I roll my own.
Beer is good. Pushing is good too Dave. If it does rain, that definitely cancels the slalom, will you want to push through it if there was light rain?
Good to hear some stoked vibes here fellas -- the weather has dipped a few degrees already and its been WET a bit more!! I've personally been spending more time on surfboards and bikes than skateboard as a result, so I don't feel near as prepared in the athletic sense for October 30 than I did for our last Ultra.
The thing that compelled me to do Ultraskates in the beginning was largely the Livestrong/charity aspect. A few skates later it became more of a challenge to hit my personal best. That of course spawned the full-on athletes to set the bar even higher.
What compels me to do this one (and others in the future) is if someone ELSE has some fire under their ass to go the full 24 hours. Then I feel like doing it even though our paces might vary quite a lot and we probably won't skate in tandem most of the time. It's huge knowing someone else is out there the whole night and day. I always encourage people who are thinking of trying this, to join us at night far more than day. We need more presence at night for safety in numbers, and there's a lot less crowd on the trail!!
On both Ted's and Paul's biggest Ultras I actually sat out the night, playing a part of support crew. So whether I skate the full 24 will all boil down to how my achilles and legs are holding up -- this one will be a huge mystery physically because I'm just not as prepared. Why are we doing this again?
why are we doing this? thats an easy one we all have some screws loose duh! haha i would be down for some pushing if it is a little wet. _________________ 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.
WHOOOOOP! I'm in!
Me and my family will be hitting a local trail which is mostly gnar and skating all the day light hours that we can! My boy is keen to do his first ever 50 miles of pumping and wants to raise some money for the National Autistic Society along the way
I shall be sending all good vibes to the skate gods and hoping they can make the rain stay away.
Stoked to have you Jo -- Autism is a great cause, and strikes right close to home.
Have decided to make the Seattle Ultraskate a $10-$20 FOOD donation from the skaters that participate, to go toward NorthHelpLine Food Bank of North Seattle. I know the organization well and they spend their money very wisely. We typically don't charge any fee because there's really no organization or cost involved in our "non-events" so far (other than giving up a night of sleep!!) I'm kicking in $50 to start off the donations.
I would like to ask someone to volunteer their vehicle to be at our location the whole time -- this is a huge ask I know!! But we do need a 24-hour stake out car to hold our own water, food, and other stuff --
BLANKETS will be in order this time -- late October can be brutal!!
Rain or shine?? That is the question. I'm getting my pusher ready...
my car isnt huge but i would be happy to let you use it. _________________ 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 really excited to see we're bringing charity back into the ultraskate. Ive requested the 30th off, im locked in rain or shine. Probably pushing the majority of the time unless i get the MHS hybrid dialed in time. Defenitely bringing extra socks this time around I will be driving to greenlake and will have my car there all day, I feel a little uncomfortable leaving it unlocked and unsupervised though. Perhaps if i knew we had some support staff watching it? Im sure we can work something out before the 30th.
That's awesome -- between you Panda and Blake, we've got a couple cars now, and for sure the tricky part is whether some bros will be feeling skatey throughout the night to keep watch on the camp -- especially if its wet -- we can already count on cold!
If the camp is ever just a single car, and only a couple of us out there skating, then we have the issue of keeping it locked up. So far we've always had some people able to hang out all night, it gets tougher on these fall/winter skates though. The fewest we had was Ultraskate II and the CSA slalom crew saved me there, but they'll be sleeping and prepping for the Mukilteo thing the next day this year. I'll definitely check with Gareth and secure his tent -- it was a lifesaver last time.
Yep, this is about the time I start getting the heebie jeebies ... but as in all ultras of the past, I've always been amazed at the skaters and friends that make a surprise appearance!!
I can bring a tarp to if you need it. and there is a large chance i may take a nap in my car. so i will be there _________________ 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 got an Easy-Up I'd be willing to lend to the cause, and my Element of course can be there for all the hours that I am(and possibly beyond). _________________ I roll my own.
I'm in! I'll be skating a pretty crazy circuit around a good portion of east portland.
i'm a little annoyed at the moment because my mom left herself logged into gmail on my computer and i didn't notice, so when i uploaded the route, it was credited to her and its too late to fix that.
Radness!! Eric in Houston, Wil in Portland, Jo in the UK, and some SF crew have found an alternate route to their original plan, it appears. I just can't believe your mom is doing this Wil, that's awesome
Blake, I think we're good on the tent situation -- Gareth said he's coming with his kids and his pop-up!
And thanks for the car-backup plan Sean, that would be great if we have some redundancy just in case anyone needs to go somewhere, we've had those late-night burger or coffee runs before.
Anyone looking at the 10-day forecast yet? Don't do it!! It's all a crapshoot this time of year.
How about that for a t-shirt slogan? I'd wear it all year round because the weather over here... well you know!
But so so hoping for good weather! We've been out for a practice session and this is a photo of part of the route we're going to be using... if it's wet, we're going to have to push... EEEK!
Not many hours of daylight but I quite fancy the idea of skating on in the dark, probably solo - it's all a bit uncertain but that's a bit exicting and whatever happens, we've going to give it everything.
My boy Jack doesn't quite know what's about to happen to him but
he's super stoked to be a part of this event and raising some money for a great cause.
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