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What are you taking along with you when you skate the NorthShore Inline Marathon?

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 다운로드. Here’s what I take with me on raceday now: H2O is the heaviest thing I’ll carry and feels best if it’s centered on my back, so I reserve the middle pocket for my bidon 다운로드. The pro pack is usually moving along at such a fast clip that trying to grab a stationary water bottle whose cap has already been removed can be quite comical 왕좌의 게임 시즌3 다운로드. Since the NorthShore is typically a cooler race and there’s always a chance to get a handoff along the way, I’ll probably not fill my bottle up to the top 다운로드. (Incidentally, a water bottle can also function as a good squirt gun to ward off unwelcome advances from dogs.)

I’ve learned the hard way that carrying a skate tool is also essential 다운로드. Hex wrenches are sharp though, and I’ve poked many a hole in my Lycra suits over the years, so now instead of taping the end, I slide a length of garden hose over the hex wrench and stick it into my left pocket, handle towards the bottom 다운로드. The hose is flexible and a little smaller in diameter than the underside of the handle so it wedges on nice and tightly.

My favorite skate key is a torque wrench that prevents overtightening, and it has a beefy handle with a metal bearing puller 마크 최신버전. Visually it just looks formidable, so it also comes in handy to frighten any overly courageous canines. Just the other day I had the occasion to pull it out and remove it from its “holster” as I skated past some food concession stalls 다운로드. “He’s got a gun!!!” a woman yelled as the dogs barked — and backed off. This is my “weapon” of choice in Thailand, because I rarely carry water since it’s so readily available and well-chilled at every little store and roadside stand 에디트플러스 3 다운로드.

Food usually goes in the side pocket with the tool so it doesn’t muck up my electronics pocket 엑소 중독 다운로드. For me, the NorthShore is a little too short a race to carry food, but generally if I do carry food I want something on tap so I don’t have to be fishing around in my pockets for a bar or a gel packet mid-breakaway. That’s why I’ll just stuff something under the suit against my thigh for easy access.

The right pocket is the reservoir for my point and shoot camera and/or my phone. My camera is pretty beat up now but it’s still water resistant and can tolerate sweat and rain. I can pull it out and flip in on fast. My phone on the other hand, which I use for Strava and sometimes popping off an odd shot, has a permanently plaid screen from getting wet with sweat and rain, so I tend to either double wrap it with twists and knots in plastic bags, or zip lock it twice and keep a bubble of air inside like it was a bag of potato chips.

I can’t wait to see you all at the races and see what’s in your pockets!