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Jorge Botero @ Northshore Inline Marathon

Jorge Botero participated at the Northshore Inline Marathon on September 19th. As a professional athlete, he is always pushing to the edge. For this race he had a goal of finishing under 1 hour and 15 minutes (1:15:00). Jorge shared his experience about the race and the Macroblades 100mm Hydrogen with us.

Jorge made a strategy to obtain his goal. From the start he was part of the main group. They would skate at such a speed he would gain time to finish under 1:15:00. After some time he would “fall back” and join another group and share lead outs, this way Jorge would not blow his engine.


Jorge:
My goal is clear but in the main group Bart Swings and Joey Mantia had theirs: break the record of 57minutes. However they started extremely fast and I had to push myself harder that I was expecting in the early stages of the race. I was able to stay in the main group for five miles, speeds going up to about 36miles an hour, but I had to let them go at a certain point. Due to this intense and fast start of the race I was far ahead of the followers, next to that my stamina and energy was getting lower. For 8 miles Jorge skated on his own, nobody to work with just Jorge, his Marcoblades against the time. “ I was getting worried that I would beat the time”. Finally I regained myself and could stay in a flow with the right tempo throughout the middle part of the race. I than again was more confident to reach my goal. Getting more closer to the end of the race I was caught my a group who was consistently doing lead outs in a pleasant tempo. Happy to say I reached my goal, finishing in 1:14:16 and proud to announce I am the first skater crossing the line of 40years and older

About the skates:
I finished the Duluth Marathon on the Macroblade skates with 100mm Hydrogen wheels. The setup gives me a lot of control and acceleration. I will say that if you are not planning on going faster than 26miles per hour I believe this is the best option. However, once you start going faster than 26miles per hour it is in the best interest to consider upgrading for more specialized Rollerblade speedskate.