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Sep. 29th, 2011 09:01 pm
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Last Saturday was the first every Portage Park n Roll Skate Challenge in Kent, Ohio, and I won a medal!



I was 3rd out of only 4 women competing in my division, but whatever! My FIRST MEDAL! WOOT! The women who beat me out for the gold were a very nice speed skater and an awesome fellow derby girl. The fourth place skater in my division came in not long after me, and she had only been skating for a few months! The other skaters were mostly inline speed skaters, and some of the best in the entire world. It was amazing seeing them zoom by, already heading back to the finish when I was barely started on the course.

It was definitely a skate CHALLENGE. There were hills, sidewalks, traffic, pedestrians, and as a suprise bonus, water. It didn't rain during the race, but it had rained all night before so everything was damp. Skating uphill on wet asphalt is like walking on a treadmill. My feet were just slipping out from under me with every push. But there is nothing more fun than zooming down a nice hill and there were several. The course was beautiful and I loved skating through the Kent State college campus. I managed to frighten several squirrels. :D

The race was fun, but it would have been much more fun if there had been more signs and volunteers to help everyone stay on course. I skated half a mile out of my way at one point because I missed a turn, and other times I had to ask very confused Kent State students, "hey, did you see where the other roller skaters went?" Apparently every single skater got lost at one point or another so they are going to work on fixing that for next year.

And hopefully next year more girls from my league can go. *crosses fingers*

Two days until the Lupus Loop 5k Run, Walk, or Skate in Pittsburgh. I'm just ten dollars away from my goal of raising $500! The 200 mile goal... well it didn't happen. Today's 6 mile skate put me up to just over 100 miles. I was just waaaay to optimistic when I made that goal back in August. The week before, I skated an epic 22 miles from Wheeling to Wellsburg and back so I was like, I only have to do that 10 times! Piece of cake! Until you consider how that 22 miles took me 5 hours including breaks, how I nearly passed out from dehydration because I forgot to bring enough water, how I was exhausted for days after, how I was fuelled by crazy anxiety energy at the time because of my sister's upcoming wedding, how I didn't even plan to do it until that morning so I didn't have a chance to second-guess myself... It was basically total insanity, looking back. When I made the goal, I wasn't planning on literally skating that particular trail ten times, but I seriously figured I could skate 20 miles every weekend, on top of skating to work a few times a week, on top of DERBY. (Derby practice didn't count towards my goal, because I couldn't figure out how many miles each practice would be.) ?!?!?! Well, now I know that next year, 110 miles will be a challenging but achievable goal. :)

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