We caught up with Louis Chaix after he broke the world record in inline skating across the United States in 45 days, 10 hours and 44 seconds! Mainly using our Macroblade 110 3WD skates, he completed his quest to raise funds and awareness for Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis / Steven Johnson Syndrome.
- What was the best part about skating across the United States?
The best part about my journey across the United States was the amazing people I would encounter and meet. These people have made the journey beyond special and have changed my life in the best way. I was able to draw a lot of strength from our conversations which would allow me to push my limits a little more day after day.
- What was the most challenging aspect or obstacle you faced?
One of the most challenging elements I have faced was the heat. Skating through 116-degree weather was hard, the elevation was also challenging but thankfully I was well prepared which allowed me to persevere and be successful. The two other challenging elements were the poor quality of the pavement and the traffic. Unfortunately, people have a hard time sharing the road which put me in a lot of danger many times. I got hit by a car in Indianapolis, I was fortunate enough to be able to get up and keep on skating.
- What was the most amazing thing you saw?
Nothing will ever beat the incredible sunsets I was lucky to witness in the middle of the desert, the colors I saw. The calm I experienced being in the middle of nowhere while skating is an incredibly peaceful feeling that I will never be able to put into words.
- How much have you raised for Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis/SJS?
Throughout the journey we raised close to $10,000 for research and to help families, the exciting thing about this is that once the documentary that we are creating comes out a percentage of the proceeds will go directly towards the cause and the center of research to help research for SJS/TEN.
- What advice do you have for others who may want to skate across the country?
It seems impossible until it's done. If it truly is something you desire to accomplish, you should definitely go after this goal, believe in yourself and don't ever question yourself heading into this journey. I believe that with very serious preparation and a lot of drive this goal is totally attainable. Preparation is key and controlling what you can is crucial since every day new challenges and obstacles arise, no matter what. Every difficult moment as well as every amazing moment will pass so enjoy them while you can and make the most out of every situation you're in. Once it's all said and done you will miss those times. If I can help in any way feel free to reach out, I will be happy to help and provide advice in any way I can.
- Anything else you would like to tell us about your journey?
When I completed my journey and arrived in Times Square, I realized that it was never about the first day or the last day, what truly mattered was everything that happened in between, just like life. Make the most out of every day on the road and challenge yourself to make every day and situation a bit more meaningful, this will allow you to build momentum and build confidence. Something that has helped me through this journey is this quote: "I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul."
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