Congratulations to everyone who took part... I can't wait to see some pics!
Dave, I tried the opposite approach and went for the all liquid diet which seemed to work pretty well. I used SiS carb drink powder stuff which was a bit risky as I hadn't tried it before but it worked for me. I also ate a couple of bananas, an apple, some salty crisps and had a few cups of TEA! Jack the lad skated with me and he was mostly on liquid too but had two sandwiches and a pot noddle... although, I'm not actually sure that Pot Noodle counts as real food!
It was hot... HOT HOT HOT which was a problem for me as my feet and hands swelled up quite a bit and my feet hurt for most of the skate. Although being a lady, that might have also had something to do with the phases of the moon! We managed to score some ice cream in the heat of the day so we had a five minute break and managed to eat two each! Didn't help with the swollen feet though and I did think about skating barefoot (haha!) but in the end I just grit my teeth. I slept for about 30 minutes, lying on my back on the ground, with my feet propped up on a camping chair, which was a relief. Jack slept for five hours in the van and rejoined me at about 5am. We had support as usual from Him Indoors who kept us going with the liquids and tracked our miles. He took a few photos which we'll sort through and post up soon.
As usual my favourite time was the late night skating, although I did slow right down in the dark. Partly because I need a really big kick-ass torch but also because there was a lot of big fat toad slalom going on! There were lots of toads in the road! Worms last time, toads this time... what's next??!! Anyway I didn't fancy skidding on one... they are big! I reckon both of us would have suffered a bit if I'd run one over. The moon was beautiful... it was so big and full and really orange. It looked so close, like I could have reached out and touched it.
Jack rejoined me with the sunrise and was bursting with energy and kept up a great pace until the end. It was fantastic to see and was the highlight of this Ultra for me. He managed to blast his target and cover 111 miles in 15 hours of skating and I'm pleased with a new personal best of 154 in 21 hours. Today we're both feeling pretty good, no major aches or pains to report but I think I might lose a toenail.
We were both on our Mermaids with Speedvents and the wonderful smooth Vite/Virage set-ups and they were FANTASTIC and really do add something special. Pump, pump, pump!
Cider played its part too... just a little drop from the magic 'bag of apples' when the time was right.
Congratulations to both of you Jo and Jack!!! That's incredible -- and now the story of the "mystery riders" is out The toads story is funny, good to journal things like that because we do tend to forget the quirks that always happen in those 24 hours. I'm so stoked you guys had great weather the whole time both in UK and Holland. Ours was nice after the first couple hours of rain.
Jo you've set the bar HIGH for the women in this adventure!
And Wizzy and the Dutch crew have made another huge impact on the ultraskater list! I'll be updating that in the coming days as all the numbers come in. Way to go Edwin on cracking over 100 and setting your personal best! Really enjoyed the shots you guys posted on FB.
I must confess, we were busy post-event day enjoying Subsonic Scotty and his family's stay over and other friends visits, so I just posted a photo album of ours on my Facebook account. Here's the quick highlights and I'll update the front page of pavedwave -- cheers!
"CONGRATS Andrew Birchman in being the 4th world-wide to join the 200+ mile ultraskaters!!
And another CONGRATS to Panda Dave in knocking out a solid 100-mile personal best!!
Stoked for you guys.
Thank you also Greg for taking great footage the whole time, and more thanks for ALL the support team that came out and stayed out all night. Gavin and Sophie knocked out an impressive number of laps during the day, and Ian and Nathan Roe did the same over both day and night. This was probably the most heavily attended overnight crowd, cheering on Dave and Andrew. We started the day off small and quiet, and our supporters kept growing as the day + night + sunrise came. Excellent vibes all around.
Special thanks to my wife Sakae for taking so many pictures from the base camp, and making all these sleep-deprived weekends go so smoothly "
The starting crew
Some trick photography
Gavin Moore - 12 laps, Sophie Peters - 8 laps. This was a HUGE thing not only because these groms knocked out so many miles but also Sophie hadn't been out on a board for a couple years, ever since a bad downhill accident. Gavin was a big inspiration for her, thank you buddy -- and nice work Sophie!!
Andrew Birchman, clocking the miles to reach 200.
Greg McCaslin joined us on his board, blades, and bike the WHOLE time, took some great video footage and kept the stoke rolling all night. Thank you!!!
The gang. I think this was the biggest crew we've had stay over the entire night hours. Nice we could finally do one of these with some dry and relatively warm weather! Thanks again all.
Well Done everybody for their AMAZING skating, it was really hot on the trail so my dad (our great support crew) got us some ice creams!!!
It was buggy and hard but we got there in the end, the good thing was we didn't need that much energy stuff, because flies are a very good source of protein.
Last time I was on the Bennet, this time I was on a set of Virage Vite with the new Vite LDP hangar and I've got to say........they're AWESOME!! What I mean is the Bennet is good but the Virage Vite are like a hot knife through butter!
I love the photos, especially the ones of Sophie!! It's great seeing girls skating all round .
Our first Dutch Ultra started on Saturday 10:00 in the morning with 6 people. Number 7 (Patrick) was already skating from 4 in the morning on a different location. So 10 o' clock, 27 degrees Celsius and an eager crew started doing 3 km laps around a lake in Hoofddorp near Amsterdam. For some the plan was to go slow and steady during the hot day with a lot of crowd, bikers, sun lovers, dog people, small children to avoid but in fact the pace went from moderate to fast all day long. My diet was all liquids and so i drank about 1 liter water/ electrolytes per 10 km skate. After 8 hours i felt a little faint but i also felt like having a water belly from drinking so much. But i really did not feel well so i drove home (just 3 km strait ) and stand on a scale. That scale told me i lost 2.5 kg in those 8 hours So i decided to refill on liquids and take a rest for half an hour. I gained 1 kg and felt a lot better so back to the lake where everybody just ate a pasta salad and went on with there laps. Most of the crowd went home so that was a little tricky with all the people crossing the road. But after a few hours we had the place mostly to ourselves. Stoke was still high and the pace still strong. After a while my quads from my back leg cramped up so badly that i had to stop pumping so i took a brake and stood in the lake to cool them down. That seemed to work and i went on on a push board for most of the night. We had a lovely full moon so no need for extra light. Sun up was around 04:30, wind was gone and the two hills in the course where starting to get so annoying that i learned how to push switch mongo.
Around 6 in the morning i was riding in a dream state. My body was on auto pilot and i couldn't remember going trough corners or riding with someone. And then the magical moment came, 100 miles! It felt like a burden falling of my shoulders, i was so happy. We where riding in a group but i just went faster and faster with no pains whatsoever. All the rest of the ride was bonus now and that felt as such a relief. So another marathon later it was almost 10:00 so time to stop. I was at 200.6km and then i heard that Joost did 201km so i got back on my board to barefoot and with cider in hand pump me another few meters and ended at 202.1km.
About one and a half hour before ending Jochem saw on the Internet that someone raised the bar for 4th place in the Ultra Skate. Jesse had his mind set on that 4th place all the time and by hearing this (he was already way beyond his energy level) he calculated that he had to do the last 1 and half hour on 16 km per hour. Paul helped him achieve his goal by skating with him and picking up the pace to a whooping 22 km per hour. He is a great motivator and has amazing stamina. Jesse reached his goal. As a matter of fact we all did
The next one is going to be awesome!!!!
A man yelled at me: how long are you doing this skating!?
me: 6.5 hours!
me: we are doing a 24 hour skate!
Man: ow i thought you where crazy!
me: yes we all are!!
Man: wait a minute, 24 hours you say?!
me: told you, we ARE crazy
Thanks James for making us all crazy. We love you for it
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I was never really interested in the idea of Ultras as I was always thinking about pushing. A LDP Ultra, that would be sweet! Maybe next year??? We'll see. If one's organised in the UK I'll try and make it. My ankle didn't really like the Goodwood Marathon though, so an Ultra would be stretching it I'm sure.
Another Skaiti type event would be welcomed also!
I was also thinking, Skaiti and Goodwood are/were heavily attended by roller bladers and roller derby type roller booters, are there any other roller blading/booting events that happen more regularly? Some that longboarders could tag along to??? I'll look into it!
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