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Old October 21st, 2010, 09:08 PM   #1
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Default Fall Skating

It's that time of year again in the northeastern U.S. ...

"A Roadskater's Lament"

Nature has turned on the switch like a thief in the night.
Leaves .. just yesterday, were still holding tight.
But now they have let go, surrendering to their inevitable plight.

Maybe one more skate, dodging a few leaves and more,
before the roads become a colored minefield...
a Fall canvas whose name reminds the daring of what's in store.

So fall and go quickly onto the streets below.
Let the sweepers get to work before that first snow.
Give me that one last window to cruise that asphalt, promised land...
a few weeks if I'm lucky, before the leaves are replaced with salt and sand.

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Old October 21st, 2010, 11:42 PM   #2
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Great!!! Thanks.

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Old October 22nd, 2010, 12:25 AM   #3
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Good work....and all true.It seems to happen every year.
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Old October 22nd, 2010, 02:26 AM   #4
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Nice job. I thought I was being poetic just calling it "the great darkness".
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Old October 22nd, 2010, 03:43 AM   #5
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I call it "Hibernation time"
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Old October 23rd, 2010, 03:16 AM   #6
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Default Fall?

What's fall?

...hmmm time to move west eh? ☺

Actually, it was raining in the SF Bay Area today. Almost threw the skates on in between wet and dry roads.
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Old October 23rd, 2010, 07:17 PM   #7
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What's fall?

...hmmm time to move west eh? ☺

Actually, it was raining in the SF Bay Area today. Almost threw the skates on in between wet and dry roads.
and I actually lived in Southern Cal for 11 years, and never even tried skating in all that time. If I was there now ...
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Old October 23rd, 2010, 08:19 PM   #8
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about a month ago i was in San Diego and hooked up with some speed skaters there, and they said that in fact they were able to skate through the winter, outdoors.
Further north, here in seattle, i can generally get in about one or sometimes two outdoor skate sessions each week through december and january, but it isn't what i would call easy.... In fact, you have to wonder if it's worth it at all.
For the last few weeks, i've been skating every single day that weather allows, trying to soak in the last of the favorable skating conditions.Then, i try to focus on a bit more strength training, and base condition building for a few months. And maybe a few indoor skate sessions.
Hey, a little break is probably good for us. What do you think? I think it is if you approach it that way.
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Old October 23rd, 2010, 09:11 PM   #9
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about a month ago i was in San Diego and hooked up with some speed skaters there, and they said that in fact they were able to skate through the winter, outdoors.
Further north, here in seattle, i can generally get in about one or sometimes two outdoor skate sessions each week through december and january, but it isn't what i would call easy.... In fact, you have to wonder if it's worth it at all.
For the last few weeks, i've been skating every single day that weather allows, trying to soak in the last of the favorable skating conditions.Then, i try to focus on a bit more strength training, and base condition building for a few months. And maybe a few indoor skate sessions.
Hey, a little break is probably good for us. What do you think? I think it is if you approach it that way.
Seattle huh?
NorthWest coast winter sports don't usually include outdoor roller skating. If it isn't raining then it's usually still damp anyway. Wheels with extreme grip in wet conditions need more research and development.
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Old October 26th, 2010, 03:47 AM   #10
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Default Great Poetic Post

You Know this is Good,

They say that Old Ladies and Old Guys that have been creative anyway, always, eventually turn on the poetic / art portion of their brain and go like hell.

You are doing good, so keep it up. We do have another poet that gave poetry to speed skating.

Yours in Skating, MA/NY Skating Dave

P.S-1 A buddy older than you and me, and me, were once given your bottom script in real skating rink life. She was a young folks mom that I guess thought old people past 40 shouldn't skate. So she hollered out "those old people shouldn't be skating". It was a comic event and the young rink guards figured out she was weird. More to the story.
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Old October 26th, 2010, 05:03 AM   #11
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In Albuquerque we get cold, not New England cold, but cold. I can skate most of the year as long as it is dry. The bicycle stays parked as my feet really get cold. Running is always good and cross training into swimming or other sports is always good. Thank God for Rinks. Use that gym membership! Good luck with winter.
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Old October 26th, 2010, 05:18 AM   #12
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O/I don't for get the Turkey Trot is comming up Nov. 20th.
Yep Outdoor racing near Seattle in Nov. Most years wet and or raining.
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Old November 12th, 2010, 06:01 PM   #13
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Mother Nature has been kinder this year than most. I haven't had to curtail my outdoor activities much. It's been mostly dry and a lot warmer than usual, and the winds have kept the vast majority of the leaves in my neighborhood collected close to the curbs. 59F and sunny at lunch time today. Since I am working from home today, I took full advantage.
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Old November 18th, 2010, 04:16 PM   #14
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It's sunny and dry, low 50s, winds have died down, the landscapers are busy cleaning up all the leaves from the roads in my development, and I'm working from home today. I feel a skate coming on before sundown.
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Old November 18th, 2010, 06:22 PM   #15
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Not too long before we trade out wheels for ice blades here... it's already snowed a few times. Trying to get in some road skating between snow storms proves interesting. Rolling over wet leaves & pavement feel more like ice so in a way it helps the transition.

To the folks in the southern climes skating yr round, we are sufficiently jealous!
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