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.