Category : Matzger’s Blog

What are you taking along with you when you skate the NorthShore Inline Marathon?
Mike Ward
September 11, 2019
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Matzger's Blog

I used to race in a tank top and baggy shorts, and just carry a bottle and stick cut-up pieces of energy bars on my helmet, but soon found that a bike jersey or skinsuit with three pockets is far more practical. Here's what I take with me on raceday now: H2O is the heav...

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Do You Stravulate?
Mike Ward
August 29, 2019
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Matzger's Blog, Training

This is my first year logging my pre-Northshore workouts religiously on an application like Strava. Overall it's a helpful way of memorializing the distances and speeds I already know I'm traveling, and tracking some of the new routes that I might want to try again. I ...

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The Importance of a Training Partner
Mike Ward
August 20, 2019
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Matzger's Blog

It's impossible to overstate the importance of a supportive friend or training partner when preparing for a race like the NorthShore Inline Marathon. Doing it alone can seem like a slog and a chore you're not in the mood, but a supportive someone or having company can b...

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Expect the Unexpected
Mike Ward
August 6, 2019
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Matzger's Blog

When skating somewhere new or questionable, I usually find it better to ask for forgiveness rather than permission, because the answer's probably going to be "no" anyway. Well the other day, here we were at a religious holy site where the cremated remains of monks ar...

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Steely Dan’s Wake Up Call to Get Down
Mike Ward
July 16, 2019
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Matzger's Blog, Training

Recently on an early morning skate with my buddy Dan, I was holding it steady at about 16 miles per hour when my head started ringing with the strains of "Hey Nineteen." My mind was admonishing me to speed up. There's a moment in that party tune when out of th...

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Get Out of Your Comfort Zone To Get Better
Mike Ward
August 17, 2018
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Matzger's Blog

Recently, the Thai National Speedskating Team came to our place in Thailand for a training camp. It reminded me of the days when I went to camps in the late 80's to work out with ice speedskaters. Run by speedskating goddess Dianne Holum, these camps were absolutely bru...

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Don’t Stack in the Pack
Mike Ward
August 3, 2018
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Matzger's Blog

The other day as I moved alongside the pack to take a photo, I clicked skates with the lead skater, who looked at me and gave me the stinkeye. She was pushing with her right skate and I with my left, and we were lucky to both escape a worse fate. If anyone was to blame ...

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