Nickname: I don't really have a nickname (that I feel
comfortable sharing publicly!). :)
Marital Status: married (happily and to one of the coolest and sweetest men on earth!)
Have been skating for how long: inline since 1993
(16 years). I grew up in a colder climate (Indiana) where
I learned how to ice skate at age 4 and spent much of my youth
on frozen lakes or at the ice rink. Switching to inline skating
shortly after moving to Texas felt very natural.
Equipment Brand and Type:
Boots: Bont ZX5 custom molded
Frames: Luigino Pilot 4x100 racing
Wheels: Matter Juice EMT F3100
Bearings: BSB Swiss Inline
Favorite time of day to skate: early morning, but I usually
end up skating after work in the early evenings during good weather
Favorite skating event: Round Rock Road Rash
Awards/ Competitive Wins: 3rd place in my age division at
the very first Road Rash
Most memorable incident/ Biggest skating adventure: My first
attempt at road skating in Circle C circa 1999 and realizing while
going down a hill toward a dead end barricade that I really didn't
know how to control my speed. I hit a curb at about 25-30 mph and
flew 15-20 feet ending in an arms-outstretched slide onto a grassy
median. I still carry the bent skate frames in my skating bag as
a reminder and as an instructional aid to share with new skaters.
Your 'why'/ what do you get from skating: excellent cardiovascular
work out; good balance; and great cross-training with cycling for
cycling marathon events...oh, yeah, and I get to hang out with really
cool people who skate!
Would like to do this year in skating: Get better at maintaining
speed through turns. Last year the winter Regal Inline class with
Richard as the instructor greatly improved my crossover technique.
I'd like to build on that this year.
Coolest Accomplishment: Running my own business for five
years. I met so many cool people who helped me to grow and make
a difference in the lives of others.
Other sports/hobbies you enjoy: cycling; glass and stone
Favorite skating gadget/tool: hex wrench with a bearing
pull on the handle.
Mentors: I've had too many to mention. Everyone has something
to teach me.
Helpful advice to other skaters/ Beginners: Spend lots of
time on your form. Attaining and controlling speed will be much
easier if you have good form.
Favorite Quote: Recently spotted this on a bumper sticker
and fell in love with it: "Get involved! The world is run by
those who show up."