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Old August 5th, 2018, 11:02 AM   #1
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Default 10 years on Skatelog

I am moving house this week and just packed up a huge box of skates, wheels, parts helmets and Lyra and remembered its 10 years since I joined this forum this week. Joining this forum means it has also been 10 years since I got back on skates.
I haven't been real active here since the beginning of 2016 as serious injury requiring a Birmingham hip resurfacing put me off skates for 12 months and I haven't really posted again but I check in every couple of months to see what I am missing.
For those that care I am still skating and knock out about 50klm a week of road skating and do a session every few months.
I still skate with a couple of skate loggers who were here when I joined and over the years have met up and skated with many more from all over Australia, I now count a few of the people I met here as good friends and have many more of them as facebook friends. In 2012 I gave up on the quad skates and started racing on in-lines which was a love hate thing for ages and eventually managed to compete at National Titles 4 times, got selected for the national team (masters) a few times and even managed to set a national record for the 3000 meter relay with another logger Rich71 so the switch from quads paid some dividends.

Are there any other survivors out there?
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Old August 5th, 2018, 01:45 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by cass38a View Post
Are there any other survivors out there?
Yep, still surviving!

I got on here just a few months before you. It's been a wonderful ride! When I look at my skates; Bont boots, Avenger plates, Scott's tires, Paco's hubs, there is nothing laced on my feet that I'd know about or possibly even exist without SkateLog. That is the power of Internet forums. They bring people with a specific desire together and with their varied skill sets improve something for which they have a passion.

SL ten years ago was a very different place. Hell, the World was a different place! Considerably more of a live and let live attitude. Considerably less snark. A LOT more active posters since the competition for eyes was less. I still don't think stream of consciousness applications are as powerful at creating understanding as threaded forums. On FB all it takes is one or two a$$hats getting into it and all the good stuff is impossible to find.

I really miss (in no particular order and woefully incomplete) Biffskater, Smartin, Bill, Tremor, Rokdaddy, Rokwel, RogZilla, Mellian, HotLips, Takenbylovely, Salamamda, Darkjester, HK47, Slowsk8, Fanjet8, A-town Sk8ter, Live2sk888, Gle8, rsfaze, Christopher-T, bpike503, MFND, Jsmooth, Pitbike120, BanjoKablooey, Machine, Kennedy, Vitaman, Fresh Eddie Fresh and of course the old unvarnished Okie. Armadillo of course stands alone. There are SO many more! I'm really glad Doc and Danny are still here...

I still get in 6-8 hours of rink time a week. It's SO MUCH FUN! Age and injuries have slowed me a bit but I intend to continue skating as long as possible.

Thanks for a trip down memory lane!

Common wisdom is anything but...
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Old August 6th, 2018, 12:42 PM   #3
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Still here. 12 years for me. I took time off from skating at the beginning of 2008. Work travel had me all over the place. I also fell back into riding motorcycles, doing track days, and finally got into road racing and race instruction. I had a pretty bad crash in July of 2014 and I decided to retire from racing. I was 49 at the time and it took quite a while to recover.

It was then that I started skating again as part of my recovery process. I found a team and was convinced to compete again. The rest is history, including my first ever trip to the USARS national speed championships a few weeks ago, where I placed 3rd in my sprint race, now at age 53.

I am now also a coach for the team I skate for and intend on skating until I die. I'm not as much an outdoor skater as I am an indoor skater, but I use outdoor to supplement my indoor endurance training. For indoor, I compete in the Keystone USARS League and MASSL USRSS league. For outdoor, I do the Eastern Seaboard Series.

I do hop on my quads on occasion, usually when visiting a friend in Hagerstown MD, whose family owns a rink that they've owned since it was buils over 70 years ago.
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Old August 7th, 2018, 04:08 PM   #4
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Off and on here as well. I mainly skate outdoors now since the new rink owner ruined the floor where I used to skate by putting down a cheap floor coating that is slowly deteriorating.
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Old August 9th, 2018, 07:19 AM   #5
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11 years skating, 8 on SL. I have been off for almost two months. Moved from California to Texas. In San Antonio now. Still learning the SA skating scene. Not too crazy about the Wednesday adult session but another rink is starting up a Thursday one. My left ankle is really for sh*t, but I am getting by. Still SF DA45 all the way.
Don't let people live in your head rent free. ~princessfluffhead~ BontQRL/InvaderDA45: Seba-FRX: Alkali CA9
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Old August 9th, 2018, 07:46 AM   #6
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My 10 years on here went quick.
Best thing I have got out of the forum is meeting great people and being invited on the Melbourne tour. Itís fun doing something that I enjoyed as a kid and never realising it was just a pair of skates away from being able to do it again.
Love how technology has improved everything but old Skates still fly around the rink.
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