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Oct Skater of the Month

Name: Kathy Braune

Nickname: Kdog, KathyKool

Age: 65

Marital Status: 23 year domestic relationship

Have been skating for how long:Since 1999,15 years.

Equipment Brand and Type: K2 VO2 Max 100 BOA Inline Skates HiLo frame with 2x100mm and 2x90mm wheels. I own a lot of other skates, and even Skikes, but the K2 are my favorite recreational skate.

Life Philosophy: Nothing is more important than feeling good. If you don’t like the way it is, tell yourself stories about how you want it to be. Telling it the way it is, keeps it that way, telling stories about how you want it to be, helps you move in that direction.

Favorite Time of Day to Skate: Mornings before 11 and evenings around 6-8.

Favorite Skating Events: The Texas Road Rash is the only real event I ever participated in. I enjoyed it and appreciate all the hard work the volunteers put into it year after year to make it a really special event for all participants.

Awards / Competitive Wins: Won a few first, second, and third place trophies at the Texas Road Rash in my age group over the years. (Easy to do when there was only about 3 of us in our group!)

Most memorable incident / Biggest skating adventure: I was skating at Venice Beach in 2002, I saw a lot of trailers, lights, and cameras, and didn't realize I was skating into a movie set! Boy did they yell at me, I took off fast.

What do I get from skating: It's kind of like flying with your feet. I think it is relaxing and energizing all at the same time. You can get a great workout that carries over to other sports. I noticed after learning to Rollerblade, that my snow skiing skills improved proportionately.

Would like to do this year in skating: Travel to Idaho this summer and skate part of the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes.

Coolest Accomplishment: Learning to roller blade at the age of 50.

Other sports / hobbies you enjoy: I am a part time digital graphic artist and occasional motorcyclist.

Favorite skating gadget / tool: Not sure, I just like skate bags, they are cool and come in all sizes and kinds for carrying your skates and gear.

Mentors:Although he doesn't know I think of him as a mentor, I love the advice of P90X trainer, Tony Horton: "Do your best and forget the rest!"

What do you enjoy about being a member of HCIC:The people in the club. They are all so nice and friendly and welcoming to people of all ages and skating skill levels.

Helpful Advice to Beginners: Go out and go for the fun. Don't fear the falls or scrapes, our bodies can take more than we think they can. Skate alone or with a group, but get out there and enjoy the sport.

Favorite Quotes: "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." - Alvin Toffler

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