Metro Dome Indoor Inline Marathon

April 22, 2006

Mystery Marks and some odd creatures of the Metrodome

Recently back from a one-of-a-kind marathon, the Metrodome Inline Marathon. Indoors, 71 laps of smooth, almost but not quite slippery concrete floors and when I got off the floor and took my skates off there are some crazy marks on my wheels. (See last photo.) They're only on the inside of my right skate and I noticed a few other skaters with the same markings. Odd. Eerie. What could they mean?

Well those marks don't come from kicking trash cans, which I almost did maybe one or two hundred times as the course is almost circular and trash cars line the insider perimiter. And there's no way I pronate THAT much. My wheels look like spin paintings, only with oil shooting out from the bearings. Though closer inspection shows that the marks are more like rubber or tar than oil. I'd say that they come from the expansion joint in the floor, which are filled with rubber.

Anyway I was part of the "B" team for Team Rainbo we turned in a respectable time, 1:27 and change. With three of us never having skated the dome before we're quite happy. The highlight of the day was seeing our own "Pistol" Pete Starykowicz win the individual time trial, then come back and help power the Rainbo "A" team to a forth place finish.

Lot's of fun in MN.



King and Queen of the Ball
King and Queen of the Ball
Let the lights be lit
Let the lights be lit
As the light falls on Tom
As the light falls on Tom
While the rest of us wallow in darkness
While the rest of us wallow in darkness
Darkness and Light
Darkness and Light
Buttering the rabbit
Buttering the rabbit
Why is this man smiling?
Why is this man smiling?
And the winner is...
And the winner is...
I need to buy that big lens camera for indoor shooting.
I need to buy that big lens camera for indoor shooting.
Guy on maybe lap 50
Guy on maybe lap 50
Jan tucked on on Brian? How did that happen?
Jan tucked on on Brian? How did that happen?
Jim and Julie
Jim and Julie
Look closely, that ghost is a skater.
Look closely, that ghost is a skater.
Dad, did it hurt?
Dad, did it hurt?
Checking the results, you'd think Guy paid me to get in more pictures then anyone else.
Checking the results, you'd think Guy paid me to get in more pictures then anyone else.
Smiles between races
Smiles between races
Not all smiles
Not all smiles
The Ref, Jim White
The Ref, Jim White
Team time trails, five man teams, at four have to finish and be within 20' of each other.
Team time trails, five man teams, at four have to finish and be within 20' of each other.
Through the team darkly
Through the team darkly
Rainbo Team One Photo: Darlene Prois
Rainbo Team One Photo: Darlene Prois
Petey pullin in his second race of the day. Photo: Darlene Prois
Petey pullin in his second race of the day. Photo: Darlene Prois
Petey getting a bit worn down - understandably. Photo: Darlene Prois
Petey getting a bit worn down - understandably. Photo: Darlene Prois
Cale slows down for his team members. (Like that Cale?) Photo: Darlene Prois
Cale slows down for his team members. (Like that Cale?) Photo: Darlene Prois
Crossing the line at last
Crossing the line at last
Mystery marks of the Metrodome.
Mystery marks of the Metrodome.


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