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October Skater of the Month

Name: Bryan Blackwell

Age: 36

Marital Status: Married

Have been skating for how long: Since I was a child on quads, and since 2002 on inlines.

Equipment Brand and Type: Luigino - ONLY Luigino for me :) Victory boots with 110mm wheels.

Life Philosophy: Make Life Fun...Try skating!

Favorite Time of Day to Skate: 9AM. It's not hot yet and the rest of the day lasts longer!

Favorite Skating Event: Texas Road Rash Inline Skating Marathon in Round Rock, TX each Spring.

Awards/Competitive Wins: 2nd place in age group in the half marathon at the 2012 Road Rash. Two-time 1st place winner of the half marathon at HCIC Pace Yourself Skates Races.

Most memorable skating incident: Crash at the Veloway that took a chunk out of my hind end :)

What do you get from Skating: Exercise and the thrill of going fast and getting faster.

Would Like to Do This Year in Skating: Would like to beat my personal best of 50 minutes for the half marathon and get it down to 45 minutes!

Coolest Accomplishment: My family, my friends, and my skating accomplishments.

Other Sports/Hobbies you Enjoy: Going to the gym, watching my son's flag football games, and video games.

Mentors: Bill Harrison and Lawrence Wampler. Bill teaches me to skate better and leads me to new skating opportunities. Lawrence teaches me to skate faster.

Favorite Skating Gadget/Tool: Swiss Bones Bearings

Helpful Advice to Beginners: Be teachable and follow the better skaters and ask them how they do it.

Favorite Quotes: "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth!"

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