For anyone that actively follows this blog, you are probably wondering what happened. For those that are here looking through the archives, you may be wondering whether this blog has died the typical death of anything posted by a hobbyist on the internet. Hopefully, this post will prove that this blog isn’t dead, at least not yet.
A lot has been going on in my life lately. My wife and I welcomed our second child. Within a couple months of that wonderful expansion of our family, we moved from Minnesota back to Chicago. I started a new job, we sold our house, and I sold a considerable amount of my exercise equipment, but by far, the hardest item to sell personally was my barbell and iron plates. I kept the standard plates, dumbbells, and bumper plates. The other big stuff, including my bike, trainer, my dip stand, floor mats, Bosu, and some other items are in storage, but did make the trip. My bigger items, like my plyo box and squat stands, went with the barbell set and iron weights. Since the move at the beginning of July, I have skated a couple of times, but haven’t had the chance to lift.
As a result of family, a job change, and big move, training has hit the back burner. My race season has been cut significantly based on what I had hoped for the year. I have a presentation in the Twin Cities the weekend of the North Shore. That means that my entire season is the Chicagoland Inline Marathon. This race is hard. I am looking forward to skating a familiar course. My lack of training this year will make a good result difficult. I have a low bar, hoping to finish the race in less than 2 hours. At the same time, I have finished at least one other race with an unexpected result racing unprepared. However, those were different circumstances, with a very different course.
For this race, I am looking to stick with the lead pack as long as I can and then to find a good, consistent pace line to roll with through the finish. Pain stays at home tomorrow. I can suffer for a couple of hours to know I put everything into this race. My legs are strong enough to skate hard for that distance. My lungs are decent enough to keep a manageable pace. The skates are in good shape. I have a brand new set of Matter G13 wheels and a full set of TwinCam ILQ9 Pro bearings fresh from the package. I will, at the very least, have a good review of the wheels after tomorrow.
I hope to have a reasonable report and a video that is not too boring to share after the race tomorrow.