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Old September 20th, 2011, 04:03 PM   #1
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Ok so after 20+ years in the army I hate running so I brought my inline skates with me on deployment since we have a paved flight line for UAV's. Anyway, I consider this Day one. Although I tried it once before but I did not bring my good skates and it was really rough. There was something else I could not put my finger on. I changed the wheels out but it still did not feel right. So I found a pair of next to new K2's on E-bay for $20, the seller found out I was active duty and did not charge me for shipping. The skates arrived a few days ago and they are awesome. So today was the first serious day of skating out here. I went for an hour or so but I pushed myself pretty good so I may feel it a bit tomorrow. I'm going to go easy for the first week (say 10-12 hours) then I will really start to log hours in my training I'm thinking of at least 2.5 hours per day by week two/three.


*edit: Our runway is aligned with prevailing winds so in one direction you are always skating against the wind.

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Old September 20th, 2011, 06:42 PM   #2
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Awesome! Skating > running.
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Old September 20th, 2011, 08:06 PM   #3
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Skating on a runway sounds pretty good actually.
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Old September 20th, 2011, 08:16 PM   #4
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Skating on a runway sounds pretty good actually.
It is pretty decent, not great mind you because it was built by local national contractors. Saying there are rough spots would be an understatement, but I am not complaining, I always hated not skating for a year or more due to deployments.

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Old September 20th, 2011, 09:41 PM   #5
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It is pretty decent, not great mind you because it was built by local national contractors. Saying there are rough spots would be an understatement, but I am not complaining, I always hated not skating for a year or more due to deployments.

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That's awesome you get to skate while on deployment. A year is a long time for any of us on here to go without skating. That was an awesome deal and with no shipping on those k2s from the seller was great of him.
I had a friend who's a big runner. When she came back from six months in Afghanistan. She said she lost 20-30 some lbs while their running every day.
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Old September 21st, 2011, 12:16 AM   #6
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First, I must thank you for putting your life before ours! I was in the Marines for four years, however, I did not have to deploy. I have plenty of buddies that went over there, and they all say the same thing "it's good to have something to take your mind off of things." It sounds like you found something you really enjoy to help the time go by. Keep up the good work over there and stay safe!
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Old September 21st, 2011, 12:37 AM   #7
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First, I must thank you for putting your life before ours! ... Keep up the good work over there and stay safe!
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Old September 21st, 2011, 01:29 AM   #8
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First, I must thank you for putting your life before ours! .... Keep up the good work over there and stay safe!
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Old September 21st, 2011, 12:30 PM   #9
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I echo the sentiments. Thank you sir!

On a side note, when you get home, are you gonna get back to work on the aggressive ice ramps? That is such a cool idea, one I'd like to see go mainstream.
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Old September 21st, 2011, 02:58 PM   #10
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Ok only 45min today, as the sun set out here the temp drops pretty fast so together with all the dust and temps dropping I got pretty choked up and called it an early session all in all not bad for the 2nd day back to skating in awhile.

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Old September 21st, 2011, 03:12 PM   #11
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I echo the sentiments. Thank you sir!

On a side note, when you get home, are you gonna get back to work on the aggressive ice ramps? That is such a cool idea, one I'd like to see go mainstream.
No worries, next to skating its how I have spent most of my life. As far as Ice Ramps goes, I'm not done with it but had some family matters come up that were more important. It can definitely become a real sport though. My website went down right before I came out here, I caught it/paid it up in time but I still have not been able to get the site pointed at the correct servers.

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Old September 22nd, 2011, 06:11 PM   #12
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Default Day three

I was feeling some soreness and was fairly tired this afternoon so I thought this would be a down day but around 7:30pm I had a 2nd wind so the skates went on. Today was a bit different I skated longer about 2 hours but I was more rec skating than going for speed/laps. I used to have "two speeds" Go and Stop, I guess I'm finding the gears in between now as well. The moderate speed was not due to just being sore, it was very dark pretty much skating by starlight, several times a small rock would get lodged between the wheels and make me stumble, never fell though.

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Old September 23rd, 2011, 01:54 PM   #13
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Default Day Four

Well only a .75 (45min) today, 22-25 knot sustained winds give a new meaning to resistance training. I may go for another round later but it will mean night skating again. Fairly sure I will need new wheels in a month or so. On the plus side not to sore anymore.


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Old September 24th, 2011, 04:57 PM   #14
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Day Five, busy day today high winds with lots of dust kept me inside most of the day. Ended up going out at night again LAPs was the flavor of the day. Light warm-up followed by 15 to 20 laps (each lap is roughly 2000' plus the corners) so at 32,000 feet that should be 6 miles plus whatever my warm-up was. Time was 1.5 hours including warm-up. I have no clue what pace I was going. I'm thinking of ordering a watch with a stopwatch feature on it to help with calculations. Muscles are getting used to the routine again. Joints however is another story. Currently taking 800mg Motrin and Glucosamine Chondroitin to help with that. I did not bring my speed skates with me, so I'm just using some recreational skates but everyday I catch myself looking at some entry point speed skates that I can abuse out here. E-bay is both good and bad lol...

I still need to take some pictures but last several days have been night skating, I'll try to get some posted up soon.


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Old September 25th, 2011, 02:56 PM   #15
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Default Day Six

Well after the 6 miles yesterday muscles were feeling pretty tight so only put in another .75 today. It was hot and windy so I may have it again in a bit since the sun is down now and the wind advisory is over in about another hour.

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Old September 26th, 2011, 04:40 PM   #16
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Default Day 7

Ok I did not know if I would even skate today, I have been having nosebleeds out here due to how dry and dusty it is. Well I felt better so around 7pm I went out(meaning night starlight skating again). Warm up was serpentine "S" laps for about 15min followed by laps. Today I did short laps since they had the arresting gear set up for the aircraft. This meant 750' each leg so 1500' per lap. The total was 30 laps plus cool down. Just the laps portion was 8.52 miles And feeling pretty good about it too!

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Old September 26th, 2011, 05:05 PM   #17
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...That's awesome that you have a place to skate out here. I was at a FOB that had new asphalt for about a year and skated through heat and ice. I'm in Kabul now and don't have access to any skateable spots. Enjoy it!
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Old September 26th, 2011, 05:26 PM   #18
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...That's awesome that you have a place to skate out here. I was at a FOB that had new asphalt for about a year and skated through heat and ice. I'm in Kabul now and don't have access to any skateable spots. Enjoy it!

Believe me I am, my last deployment was a dust bowl in Iraq for 15 months....I always hated having to stop skating for so long. Oh I shot you a PM by the way. I'm wishing I had my speed skates with me but I'm actually getting more of a workout with the recreational skates. This area has been known to get snow but I'm hoping to be able to skate through the Winter, at least some anyways.

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Totally freakin awesome!!!
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Old September 27th, 2011, 03:01 PM   #20
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Totally freakin awesome!!!
It really is. People look at you like you landed on a space ship and skated right off the ramp and on the base they are working on. The best is whizzing by runners and cyclist on a backdrop of snow capped mountains. I live for those moments.....
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