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May Skaters of the Month

Name:Andrew Dugas with wife - Andria and kiddoes - Egon (13), Dagny (10), Bodhi (6),Caravaggio (3)

Nickname: Not yet!

Age: 35

Marital Status: Married

Have been skating for how long: Skated for fun as a child. As an adult Quads ~1 year. Inline - 13 Weeks!

Equipment Brand and Type: Edgetek full custom boots (weird feet), Powerslide VI AL 125 Frams and Matter 125 f1 wheels

Life Philosophy: I am committed to my family, growing, honesty, fun, service, and now, perfecting the double push!

Favorite Time of Day to Skate: Middle of the day! (only free time :-))

Favorite Skating Events: Never been to one!

Awards / Competitive Wins: Noper!

Most memorable incident / Biggest skating adventure: I visited Austin on Spring break and after skating a 2 mile uphill, took a 25+mph fall on the downhill; I then went to the veloway and skated 12 miles with y'all, road rash and all! Had to go buy new pants!

What do I get from skating: I skate inline for the same reasons I started to run - The powerful impact heart-rate training has on my health, the enjoyment of progressing because of hard work, going faster with the added benefit of skating offering no impact and 'the burn'! My family and I often skate together (at least 1 per week, including my 3 year old, so cute!) and it's one of those fun, silly things we can all do and each of the kids makes it their own (even though Daddy is crazy!)

Would like to do this year in skating: This year I'll be skating in the Chicagoland Marathon in July, then taking a trip to Europe and skating the Pamplona P2P Marathon in Spain and the Berlin Marathon. At Berlin, my goal is to average 21 mph (and I'll be happy with 18!) My wife, Andria will be skating the Berlin Marathon with me and her goal is to finish, yay! My 13 year just inherited my 110mm skates and my daughter, a derby-girl, is skating inlines for the first time and loving it, so I'm hoping they'll do the Chicagoland with me.

Coolest Accomplishment: I'm the happiest person I know, in no small part to my greatest love, my wife and the relationship we build every day. My yoga businesses were built from nothing on a unique model and are now giving both meaningful employment to more and more teachers in Houston and a much needed relief to the way people suffer in their bodies. Plus, all my kids beg to go skate together.

Other sports / hobbies you enjoy: I never did any sports growing up so the first physical discipline I fell in love with was yoga, which I now practice a lot of (~50 hours/wk, it's my job, btw) so this and the off skate work I do for skating (which includes a 1/wk 3 mile run and 1-2/wk short interval bike ride, and at least 5 off skate workouts/wk) is the only thing I do physically ...buuuuuut, I do collect hobbies, including (but not limited to), books, hot sauce, Argentine tango, Italian, cooking, k grilling, whisky, poetry, espresso, et al.

Favorite skating gadget / tool: My new Garmin Forerunner 630 is so nice and my training log (a moleskine notebook)

Mentors:Like so many of my other skills, my main mentor is Youtube. I was lucky enough to get to skate with y'all once and once here in Houston with some very strong skaters including Tracy Donnelly. Everyone was great with advice!

What do you enjoy about being a member of HCIC:I've run non-profits and communities need entities like this to support groups that want to make a difference. It's too hard just on your own! Thank all you guys for the work you do!

Helpful Advice to Beginners: This is true for all adult beginners: when you were a kid, you were terrible at everything and you got better by constantly practicing. As an adult, you get upset if when you try a new skill, you don't master it in 2 tries; this is of course, because you don't like be terrible at things. So the advice is this: Look for things your terrible at and get REALLY EXCITED when you find them. Then give yourself the appropriate amount of time to practice and the appropriate number of years to learn it, and after thousands of repetitions, presto! You're an expert! And, please wear pads for goodness sake

Favorite Quotes: "Dang it!" -Andria Dugas

Rodney Robbins