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Old July 15th, 2007, 08:27 PM   #1
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Default Team Skatelog 2007 Placed 9th Overall in Montreal!!!

Hi all from Montreal!

Well, the event is over and it was a great time. We managed to place 9th overall, which I was ecstatic about!

Lawrence (More Cowbell) placed an incredible 3RD overall in the solo division, skating I believe just shy of 90 laps around the 2.98 mile course. We all watched him climb through the ranks and moved to within 2 laps of 2nd place and 7 shy of 1st place.

We had some rain, mostly overnight and some pretty heavy.

But the sun came out for Sunday morning and the finish was under the bright sun.

Jessica finished off the event alongside Lawrence.

I'll try and post pictures when I get home on Monday evening.
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Old July 15th, 2007, 09:15 PM   #2
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Chuck, any word on the Flying Fossils team?
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Old July 15th, 2007, 09:19 PM   #3
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Thanks for the update Chuck.

Congrats to ALL SLF team members and to MCB !!!!!

Hope you all had a great time
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Old July 15th, 2007, 09:25 PM   #4
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Congratulations team and way to go MC!!! Amazing!

Can't wait for pictures
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Old July 15th, 2007, 09:29 PM   #5
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Out of Curiousity, if anyone has figured it out what was the teams average time per lap, and how long is 1 lap around the track?
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Old July 15th, 2007, 10:20 PM   #6
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I believe the track is 4.71 km with the detour through the woods, 4.36 km without.

The former was calculated using the course record time/speed posted on the results page. The latter was found on the F1 association website.
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Old July 16th, 2007, 01:13 AM   #7
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Out of Curiousity, if anyone has figured it out what was the teams average time per lap, and how long is 1 lap around the track?
If I counted right, we completed 143 laps, which actually would have tied last year's fitness winner. This pans out to be approximately 28kph, or 17.4mph average for the entire event.

Some things to remember though, they eliminated the detour through the woods during the hours of 9pm Saturday to 9am Sunday, making those laps a little under a quarter mile shorter. (and smoother)

It was great to get the results real-time. We were dicing it out with the 10th place team for a while in the early evening on Saturday, but we ended up finishing a solid 2 laps ahead of them.

Funny thing about lap times, my best times were when the conditions were the worst, in the pouring rain between 11:00pm and 12:30am.

The whole team was really solid. And we all had a great time.

Kathie, you were REALLY missed!!

In addition to meeting each other (obviously), we also met Cowbell, mjcole, Intrepid, and sk8crzy. It was great to finally put real faces to names, instead of photos. And photos... my wife took over 400 and I got some video, so I'll try to post them up as soon as possible. Maybe Monday evening.
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Old July 15th, 2007, 10:35 PM   #8
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Chuck, any word on the Flying Fossils team?
Greg, I didn't hear the official finish for them, but I think they came in 2nd. They definitely lived up to their name as they were flying around the track! I managed to draft with 1 of them for about half a lap but he still had legs, I didn't, as another skater passed us and he latched on.

More when we get back to the States.

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congrads guy and ladys on the teams 9th place and Lawrence over all 3rd
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Woo Hoo! SLF Team! MCBells, Woof! Woof! Woof!

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Old July 16th, 2007, 12:59 AM   #11
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Chuck, any word on the Flying Fossils team?
THey placed 2nd overall in the fitness category, which we were in. There was actually talk about bumping them and the 1st place team up to the elite category, since they were going so fast, bit that never happened.
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They placed 2nd overall in the fitness category, which we were in. There was actually talk about bumping them and the 1st place team up to the elite category, since they were going so fast, bit that never happened.


The awesomely speedy Flying Fossils came in second and took the silver in the Fitness category (behind my team, Ottawa Inline’s Rabid Lap Dogs) and an incredible fifth placement overall amongst the 76 teams participating in this event, including the Elites!!!

In my book, the Flying Fossils were the true “Elites” at this event. They were only a lap and change behind us at the end of the day. The FF provided us with some very fun and friendly competition, and it truly was an honour and a privilege to be sharing a podium with these fellas at the conclusion of 24 Hours of skating.

Their youngest guys at the age 55, are generally 10 to 20 years older than most folks on my team (our second fastest guy is 50), and more than a quarter century older than the two teams that came in closely behind them.

They beat the Montreal team Les Clowns and the French team from Cannes (#17) who all looked to me to be in their twenties. At one point a member of Les Clowns wandered over to our paddock, which we shared with to the Fossils beside us, and marveled on at length that a group of Senior Citizens were beating them.

Huge props should go to my friend and TISC team-mate Stephen Fisher for having the brilliant idea of forming the Flying Fossils Team. I’ve been skating with great guys like Ed Duncan and Bob Harwell at inline events for the past few years and I think it’s fantastic that they have a team of this caliber.

My hope is that The Flying Fossils become a staple and tradition at Inline events and in the Montreal 24 hour in particular, and I can only in my wildest dreams dare hope that I would be able to join them in twenty years time.

Those Flying Fossils skin-suits looked really awesome too!

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Chuck, any word on the Flying Fossils team?

Heard from Stephen Fisher, captain of the Flying Fossils and they placed 2nd in their category. The team that won was from Ottawa and the average age was probably around 30ish.

The Flying Fossils certainly were flying. Only one of our skaters (Joel) was able to skate with them and all his lap times were between 9:30 and 9:45. The Fossils were fast. I really thought they would be bumped (along with the Ottawa team) up to the elite category. But,from what I hear the elite teams were consistently hammering out sub 8:30 lap times and I guess that's why they are elite skaters.

On a side note, I heard that the elite team that won was comprised of some of the best Canadian skaters, some of which were Olympic medalists in Ice.

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Thought you might find this interesting. This is from Cale Carvell of the Flying Fossils and Team Rainbo:


Bonjour! Monsior Cale here with a report from the pain train that was the Montreal 24 hour marathon. The experience began when Margo, Jan, Tom G., and I landed in beautiful Montreal, Canada. The Canadian version of France, where all the signs are in French, most the people speak only French, and finding your way around is no easy project. We did, however, with our rent a car, find our way to the hotel and did some shopping for the experience that was to follow. With much excitement and some apprehension, and after getting lost first, we made our way to the Formula one race track where the race was to begin at PM. We separated as I found my "Flying Fossil" teammates while Jan, Tom, and Margo went to find there team "Skate Log.com". From hear on out you will be reading about the Flying Fossils and my experience as part of this team of old farts all of who were 55 and over. Our median age was 58. After setting up our paddock ( basically a 20 X 20 ft covered area) with water, coolers, chairs, tables, food, extra clothes, air mattresses, and skate supplies, and being sure we all had our Flomax, denture creams, glasses, hearing aids, Depends and other personal supplies, we had our strategy meeting. The race was to begin at PM and we decided that each skater would skate one lap (3 miles), and then hand the baton off to the next skater and continue like that until 10pm when we would split into two teams of 5 and let one team sleep from 10pm-2am and then switch with the others who could then sleep from 2am-6am and then we would all regroup to finish from 6am til the finish of the race at PM.
The course was a 3 mile circuit with numerous turns, one very gradual up hill, a long gradual down hill and a hairpin right turn that led into a 1 mile straight away that finished in front of the paddocks where everyone had to pass off there baton to the next skater. Many teams had many different strategies as to how to best do this for 24 hours. There were no rules about how many laps anyone had to skate in a row or in total.
The excitement was growing while the music was blaring and the announcer was yapping and yapping about who knows what, because most of it was in French. Everyone was in high spirits, full of energy and ready to go. All 800 skaters, together, did a slow skate around the circuit while the official stopped us at certain places to say something in French and then in some form of English that was impossible to understand.
Finally the countdown began 5..4..3..2..1.....And each teams first skater was off. Alan Marcossan was our first skater with me being second. The first few hours were nothing but fun with everyone sharing their lap stories and talking about the laps to come. We had a few problems with some of the passes, a few dropped batons, but we got it down pretty good. We were at the end of the hand off lanes which were only wide enough for two skaters to be side by side. It was often hard to see your teammate through the maze of skaters, so getting started on each lap could be quite an adventure. Alan and I were doing laps in the 8min 35-45 sec level and our teammates were in the 9 to 10 minute time frame unless you were lucky enough to be able to draft with someone who was a little better than you, which was rare. I was lucky enough to have jumped on a pro team and had our fastest lap (just under 8 min) All was going pretty well until about 6 PM when, wouldn't you know it, the forecasted scattered showers began scattering on us, and the wind started howling. The track got slippery, the times got slower, the rain stopped, things dried up, the rain came back, things dried up, and back it came again. It was getting pretty ugly trying to keep the wheels rolling, dealing with being soaked constantly, putting on saturated skates and then it got dark. To say the least, visibility was terrible. They had some portable spotlights out in a few areas of the track, but it was just barely enough to see where you were skating. Lots of people wore head lights on their headlights, but I decided that it wasn't worth the hassle. Because it was so dark at the hand off area, many skaters wore blinking lights, so the person they were handing off to could tell it was their teammate as they came in to hand off. There were so many different types of blinking lights, ropes, flashers, on bodies, skates, helmets etc, that it seemed like Christmas in July. Finally the rain stopped around 10pm
We were running in third place 2 laps behind a french Canadian racing club team when 10pm rolled around and it was time for the first group to sleep. I was in the first group and I tried, really I tried, but after a 45 minute kind of half conscious nap in a chair, it was hopeless. The adrenaline, red bull, gels, sport drinks and Snickers were to much to overcome so I announced that since I was skating some of the fastest lap times and I felt good, there was no reason for me to not continue. I would replace one of our team and wake him up after 4 hours if I needed to sleep. So now I was skating every 5th lap starting around 11:30pm. Of course as soon as I started, the real rain began. For the rest of the night, it rained steadily and as the laps piled up the uphill got steeper, the downhill got shorter and the wind, which blew right in your face as you rounded the hairpin turn for the 1 mile home, blew harder. Fatigue began to settled in and the old guys bones were creeping, but we kept up the pace. For some reason, as the night ground on, I actually began feeling better and better and when it was time to wake up the other 5 guys, we only woke up 1 and I just kept on skating. From 11:30pm til 6am, I skated every 5th lap. By 6am when everyone was up again, we had moved up to 2nd place only a lap and a half down from the "Rapid Lap Dogs" (How's that for a name).
Now you haven't lived until you see bunch of exhausted old guys wake up after not enough sleep and have to get it together to skate as hard as they can. The creaking bones, gas noises, various smells, moaning and groaning were an experience I wouldn't wish on anyone but us. Our spirits were high, however, and after a little while, we were excited, and the adrenalin was doing its thing. I had however had no sleep and was starting to feel the effects, however I'd be damned if I was going to admit it. I figured that as long as I did not sit down for long, I could keep going. The rain had stopped and the course dried up and the sun came out and I almost broke out in a song. We all kept hammering as hard as we could, we kept our lap times up as high as we had, and we were closing in on the Lap Dogs.
As the 1pm finishing time got closer, the spirit at the race was electric. All the pain, all the struggles, all the effort was coming to an end. Everyone cheered for every skater as the finished their last laps. The air was alive with good feelings, camaraderie, sense of accomplishment, joy, and friendly competition. There was no controversy, no arguments, everyone helped each other, and the compliments were many. No one left the starting line until every skater finished their last lap. We could not catch up and we finished 2nd, but it didn't matter as we gave it everything we had and really put a scare into a much younger group of quality skaters. The were thrilled with the competition and admitted that we had them seriously worried and forced them push themselves as hard as possible. The Canadian team that we passed congratulated us in broken English and hugged us and it truly was a Hallmark moment.
I know that this has been long, but so was the race. I could go on forever about each lap I did. I have never pushed myself any harder, or skated any better than at this event. The experience was something that I hope to do again and would challenge any of you to participate in. Their were skaters of every conceivable level who all had one common goal. Their were even skaters who did the entire 24 hours ALONE.....Unbelievable. Thanks to my teammates Alan Marcosson,Larry Griffin, Peter Moynihan,Ken Huss, Ed Duncan, Bob Harwell, Robert Stroud, John Altwater, and Stephen Fischer (our Captain who had the idea...thanks for calling me. The accomplishment was exhilarating and my teammates and I have a bond that will never disappear, even when we race against each other................Cale "Team Rainbo and a Flying Fossil too" Carvell
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It is always so interesting to read the perspective of another skater, thanks for posting Mr Carvell's insights. My Hat's Off to Cale! Is he the gentleman with the ponytail? I remember that guy was pounding out the laps in the rain when I was on my shift up until about 3 in the morning when I took a break, and he was still at it when I came back around 5 as the sun was coming up. I remember my jaw hit the pavement... THAT GUY WAS STILL AT IT!!! I could barely function with an hour sleep, and here he was still going like the Energizer Bunny. Amazing.
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Team SLF Guys and gals,

Congratulations!!!

Wish I coulda been there ...
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I would urge any and all of the competitors to confer and make notes as soon as possible about what went right and what could have gone better. Do it while it's still fresh so you can find ways to improve for next year. Do it on a personal level and as a team.
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I would urge any and all of the competitors to confer and make notes as soon as possible about what went right and what could have gone better. Do it while it's still fresh so you can find ways to improve for next year. Do it on a personal level and as a team.
Annalisa (my wife for those at home) and I already started jotting down things we could've done or brought to make the experience a little easier.
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I want to hear a big WoooOoooHoOooO for Annalisa!

I betcha she helped you guys a lot!
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