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The Lupus Loop was last Saturday. I raised over $500 for it, and my whole team raised almost $2000! It was awesome! We didn't win a top prize, the race itself was miserable, and we almost got ripped off for our pledge prizes, but it was still totally worth it.

Note to fundraiser organizers: if you are going to invite skaters, please consider our needs. If the course is going to be in open traffic and involve darting from sidewalk to road to bike path -- that is not typical. We need to be warned of that in advance!! The organizers of this race made a special course for the skaters because the runner's path wasn't paved in parts. That was good! Unfortunately, the skater's path took us on a very rough public road where there were no signs at all directing us and no notice to drivers that there was any race going on. We were beeped at a lot and several of us took wrong turns at one point or another.

There have been 5k races starting off from the exact same place that stayed on sidewalks and paved paths the whole way and they should have gone with one of those routes. As it was, Morty -- who is the whole reason we were there and wanted to skate so badly -- had to stop halfway through and didn't complete the entire race. MESSED UP.

It also would have been very nice if the skaters had been able to start a few seconds before the runners, or if we'd been able to just line up in front of the runners. Instead, the serious runners lined up front and squished all of us skaters into the 3 feet next to the river. RIGHT next -- there was no barrier, so if I'd taken a step to the right, I would have fallen in. I didn't object because I figured we'd get a head start. But we didn't.

Naturally, when they blew the whistle, those us on wheels were a bit hesitant to take off at full throttle when a wrong step would run over a tiny little marathoner or throw us into the river. As a result, we got stuck behind a huge crowd of runners and couldn't break through. It was extremely nerve wracking and irritating. I tried to be courteous and careful in my passing the runners but I still got dirty looks and I still didn't break free until a third of the way through the race. My time was actually worse for this very easy course than for the challenging Portage race, because I couldn't skate fast for a third of it! What it the point of a race when you can't go FAST?! I am bitter.

Also, we didn't receive the free stuff that the runners received and we weren't offered our pledge prizes. We had to go seek them out when the runners were given their prizes when they signed up. AUGGGH

And it RAINED a miserable drizzle ALL MORNING.

On the other hand, we raised a ton of money and we got a picture with a Pittsburgh Steeler. AWESOME!!! Next year, we will raise even more and we will CRUSH those Butterflies of Hope!

Catch up!

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!

A picture of me not realizing we were supposed to pose with our medals. )

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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