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June Skater of the Month

Name: John Daniewicz

Nickname: Dan

Age: 71

Marital Status: Married with 2 daughters.

Have been skating for how long:20 years.

Equipment Brand and Type: PowerSlide boots and frames, Atom extra firm 110 mm and 100mm wheels in high-low set up, ceramic bearings.

Life Philosophy: Less worry and planning about the future; more being present to the beauty, pleasure, and pain of what actually is in the here and now!

Favorite Time of Day to Skate: Veloway early afternoon for winter & early morning for summer.

Favorite Skating Events: Half marathon; and dreaming about doing the double push

Awards / Competitive Wins: Road Rash, half marathons -- two 3rds and two 1sts in age group.

Most memorable incident / Biggest skating adventure: First evening of an Eddie Metzger work shop doing a "get acquainted" skate – going through downtown Dallas and coming downhill to stop lights in heavy traffic and wishing I knew how to stop.

What do I get from skating: Aerobic fitness with endorphins; strengthens my marginal lower back; the challenge of acquiring better form in a fast moving, 3 dimensional movement; all the other friendly skaters; access to speed.

Would like to do this year in skating:Working on getting into a lower stance with more push at the end of the stroke and with more pendulum action.

Coolest Accomplishment: Helping to raise our two daughters, helping to start up 3 tech companies, and the book I am writing right now.

Other sports / hobbies you enjoy: Lap swimming, gym for core work out and squats, walking the dog in Walnut Creek Park, canoeing, sub woofer design, beer and wine making, and cooking (viva Habanero!).

Favorite skating gadget / tool: Heart rate monitor.

Mentors:Eddie Metzger, Steve of HCIC, Joey Mantia.

Helpful Advice to Beginners: Enjoy the great work out and the camaraderie of the other skaters at the Veloway; learn about form at a work shop or on the internet.

Favorite Quotes: "The readiness is all" - Hamlet

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