Category : Matzger’s Blog

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone To Get Better
Mike Ward
August 17, 2018
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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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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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Skaters of the World Untie
Mike Ward
July 19, 2018
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[caption id="attachment_5609" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Eddy demonstrating for a group of skaters at the NorthShore Expo (with his skates tied... this time).[/caption] I hate to be the bearer of harsh truths, but here goes: the be-all and end-all of all techn...

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Taking Stock
Mike Ward
July 6, 2018
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This is the time of year I take stock of my fitness and plan a program to get where I want to become NorthShore Marathon time. It's like a New Year's resolution. With each passing year, this becomes a more and more sobering reckoning, because I seem to start from a plum...

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The Best Finish Photo Ever is YOURS!
Joe Furlong
September 13, 2017
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There's still enough time to practice for your best ever finish photo at the Northshore Inline Event! All you need is a photographer and the rest is up to you! Keep your eyes on the finsh line, or the finish mat, and think about your last big leap into a stable r...

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Video Critique: Wake-Up Call!
Joe Furlong
August 16, 2017
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    As the date of the Northshore Inline Marathon approaches fast, I know that fixing my form becomes more important than improving my fitness. Analyzing video of myself skating at speed is an effective and eye-opening way to improve my skating, and ...

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Weaponize Your Crossovers!
Mike Ward
August 4, 2017
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Even in a point to point event like the NorthShore Inline Marathon, crossovers can make or break your race. There are three places where crossovers are critical, 1) coming off the I-35 offramp and onto the overpass, 2) the 1st turn around the back of the DECC building,...

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