Well, we came, we skated...we got royally pissed on. Horizontal rain!
My GT90s are still absolutely sopping wet. The Twincams are bathing in paraffin and have been since Sunday...Lord knows how many will still be spinning.
My time was disappointing - I thought I was going to get under 2hrs 30 but ended up 2hrs 40 for 27 laps (whatever actual mileage that equated to - definitely over 26.2miles. I didn't use my phone & GPS app - good decision as there's no way it'd be working now!).
Being passed by some derby skaters on quads in the last few laps was not a pleasant experience - no disrespect to quads or the skaters concerned - in fact massive respect as on 90mm wheels I should have had a major advantage, shouldn't I? I thought my skating was really beginning to progress this year, but clearly not as much as I thought. Oh well, at least I have a genuine measure of how much I need to improve my fitness and technique for next time!
I'm going to pretend that the guy who finished first on speed skates (James?) in 1hr 12 had had some bionic implants or something...I honestly don't know how he managed to stay in that almost horizontal tucked stance for the entire skate.
Mind you, being over 40 and not in the best shape isn't going to help me get there
. Also, I think the fact I've skated 26+ miles 4 times in the last 6 weeks, inc Sunday, might not have worked in my favour.
Anyway, a good day of skating, good to meet some peeps from here, and here's to the next time!