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A2A 2008 の覇者 Peter Starykowicz (Team Rainbo) を私が知らなかっただけで、アメリカ本国では名前が知られているスケーターだそうです。この2、3年は海外勢に獲られていたA2Aタイトルを取り戻すために参加したと有言実行の頼もしい22才です。以前にも彼の Blog を見たのですが、全く名前を記憶していませんでした。

Peter Starykowicz's Race Reports

ブログの自己紹介に "I started skating in indoors in the winter of 2003. Though I did not transition to outdoor skating until summer 2004." と書いてありました。経歴たった4、5年でも、ここまで伸びる人も居る。これからは Peter Starykowicz の名を忘れないでしょう。でも、http://rollersports.usoc.org/ で Peter Starykowicz と検索してもヒットしません。未だ埋もれている才能が多そうなアメリカです。

A2A 2008

by Peter Starykowicz (October 07, 2008)
A2A 87 Mile Race Report, October 5, 2008
Presented by Chicagoland Inline Marathon, July 24-26, 2009

Peter StarykowiczI would like to call it a nightmare but it is real. Hours of training logged like never before but like never before I am loosing. The Great Race-bad race, Badger State-dropped at mile 14, Chicago-Bolt comes loose, Duluth-dropped at mile16. Competitors that I have beaten are skating by me and all I can do is watch as lactic acid fills my legs. This was my season, every race a failure.

I am lying in bed trying to fall asleep, heart racing. My mind is dancing between the thoughts of wondering if I will ever fall asleep and imagining every finish line scenario possible and how I would react. I have been lying here for over an hour and still….zzz zzz zzz

Finally the race is going to start but I am not sure if I will have the legs. I slept like crap, but I know the journey ahead will reveal all the answers. The pace starts very steady and it seams to have higher tempo than last year. Pushing the pace is Team Bont, Empire, and Matzger. The first check point came and I go to grab my food bag. I have the bag handles in my hand but the rest of the bag is torn falling to the ground with all my nutrition… not good. A close call then comes as I am descending down a hill and a pack comes up on me and the leader in indecision of whether to pass or push pushes me all on one side as his skates collide with mine. Were both thrown off balance and squirrel across the road to get our skates back underneath us. It is way too early in the race for a mishap of this sort.

We come to check point three, mile 38 and there have been some good pulls by this point and my legs are feeling strong. Another acceleration occurs right before the checkpoint and I miss my feed bag again as we go flying through. I am now in a bit of a predicament as my bladder is full, though a nice downhill solved that problem. I bet I gave the cars following us a good laugh as pee came flying from between my legs. I think it is at this point that Team Bont started really utilizing their team sending one off the front after another. The pack at this point contained Ramirez, Mejia, Moreno, Matzger, Humphrey, Anderson, Detwiler and Me. We came to an intersection and we did not know which way to go. No one knew so while the motorcycles flew down each way trying to figure it out we all stood along a major road peeing in front of a bank. Hahahaha

Bruce Belden and Randy Bowman Caught up to us while we were waiting. Back to racing Eddie started us back fast as we ascended a hill in full arm swing. We are about mile 70 and we drop Belden and Bowman again and not to long after Mike Anderson. About mile 75 I put in a strong pull up a hill and I look behind me and there is a little gap between me, Matzger and the rest of the pack. I told Eddie to keep the acceleration going and if the gap gets bigger that I would work with him. The gap kept growing. My muscles were spasming bad but I pushed hard because I knew this was decision time. First Mejia then Moreno gapped up to us. Mejia, Matzger and me switched off pulling fast for the next few miles. This move that Eddie and I made was brilliant as now anyone who had a teammate was isolated. At Silver Hill will Moreno dropped and now it was down to just three of us. No, Moreno found it in him to dig hard and attach himself after falling back almost 200 meters. From this point the pace remained steady as we all traded pulls.

We were starting to get close and I sat in third spot with Matzger in fourth he was dogging off the back but I was waiting for his attacks that got me the previous year. Then the first came with about four miles to go he attacked hard from the back and I locked on then countered opening a gap on everyone. I slowed and we regrouped and Mejia kept the pace strong. I was right behind Moreno as he began his pull. We came down a hill into a turn with about a ¾ of a mile to go. All of a sudden Moreno slid out and hit the ground. I might have dodged him, jumped him, or just hit him and managed not to fall. Moreno was out and then it was three. I put the hammer down and gapped Mejia by 10 meters who had a gap on Matzger. I kept it hard holding the gap for 30 seconds until I eased up. Mejia and Matzger filed in behind until about 300 meters from the line when we spread out three wide rolling slowly waiting for someone to make the first move.

With 250 meters from the line Mejia made the first move and I tucked in behind. Would I ever win again? This thought started to creep into my mind after so many failures. Though, you fight it with training. Training is an investment into a gamble that you might win. As a person who packs 48 hours of agenda into a 24 hour day, it takes a lot of sacrifice to train every day with conviction. Relatively speaking, after 87 miles there is no fuel left in the tank. So, subconsciously fueled by this notion of sacrifice and instinctual will to extend beyond the bodies limits to beat another, I lit the afterburners and made my move. Fighting against cramping muscles, an uphill finish, and hungry competitors the decision went down to the line. I cross the line in disbelief with a victory solute. I then took the shortest path to the grass where I collapsed, falling victim to a medley of cramps.


There are two races that as a skater I know are the ultimate victories for the kind of skating I do: Duluth and A2A. Winning a race means a lot to me and winning what I consider the big one makes it really special. A special thank you to Greg for hooking me up with some last minute equipment, Glenn/BONT for providing me with the new BONT wheels, My Mom and Fiancé for Cheering me Through. PS… Chicagoland Inline Marathon is July 24-26, 2009.
Men:
Peter Starykowicz
Luis Carlos Mejia
Eddy Matzger
Luis Moreno
Thomas Detwiler

Women:
Martine Charbonneau
Rebecca George (O'Hearn)
Marcy Turek

Results: Overall

The womens race was decided in a three way sprint also!!!
Blogger: Peter Starykowicz's Race Reports : A2A 2008

Starykowicz Wins A2A! Turek Makes Another Strong Showing

Tom Dell'Aringa (October 7th, 2008)
We’re extremely proud to announce Peter Starykowicz’s victory at the 2008 Athens to Atlanta race. In a loaded field of very strong skaters, including Bont’s Mike Anderson and Luis Carlos Mejia and Twincam’s Eddy Matzger, Team Rainbo’s Peter Starykowicz edged out Mejia for his first victory in the grueling 89 mile race.

Said Starykowicz, “I came here to win, so this really feels good.”

In the women’s field, Team Rainbo’s Marcy Turek took 3rd place, yet another strong showing. Team Rainbo founder Cale Carvell was ecstatic:

“I cannot tell you just how proud I am of the unbelievable showing by our own Pete Starykowicz, Marcie Turek, Bob Ryan, and Tom Grosspietsch. Petey WINNING! Wow…..major, mucho, impressive. It just goes to show how practice, desire, and an ability to push through pain pays off. Petey was skating against some world class skaters and showed that he has officially arrived!

It will be hard to keep him in a Team Rainbo uniform after this…..Skating companies might be looking to get him on their team. I certainly wouldn’t blame them, or him, however we will do all we can to keep him in the fold. Marcy continues to show what long distance skating is all about. She is always there, right near the top, pushing the pace, great job Marcy.

Bob Ryan and Tom Grosspietsch make the trip most every year, and continue to show that they have the right stuff to grind out another Athens to Atlanta race. Bob Ryan finished a great year and with this race moves into the top 50 overall miles.

To have the first place man and third place women from Team Rainbo at one of the most prestigious and famous races, brings great attention and credibility to the team. We all thank you guys for giving us all something to smile about and be proud and full of awe at the same time.”
Team Rainbo Inline Speedskating Chicago
Team Rainbo Inline Speedskating Chicago: http://www.teamrainbo.com/

----- 2007 ------

Athens To Atlanta

by Peter Starykowicz (October 08, 2007)
This was my first year competing in the infamous A2A. Notice That I said competing; though it be a long race much longer than I had ever skated I was going in with the intention of winning. I felt that my long legs and natural endurance would be well suited for the 87 mile affair. The race started out very relaxed which I fine with. I planned to race the race of the veteran A2A'ers and not make my own offensive. The pace stayed constant allowing the pack to be filled with a wide variety of skill levels. Somewhere around mile 15 Mejia and Sarmiento attacked. It was an attack that surprised everybody. It took a while for Aarnt and Matzger to realize what was happening and react. My plan was to stay with Arndt so they started to chase I went with them. The 3 of us caught them very quickly skating full power, an effort that seemed too exhausting this early in the game. But I felt that no matter how great the effort I must stay with leaders. I would rather finish 10th place after completely blowing up trying to win than finish 5th place skating at a manageable pace. The race stayed fairly slow for a long time after this with a few strong pulls here and there. It was quite different from environment that exited in a marathon. At mile 38 we watch as the some younger kids raced to the finish with shanacy Sutter coming away victorious. After the 38 mile mark the pack significantly downsized to a pack of 14. That was all soon to change as around mile 50 the Mejia and Sarmiento went again. If it was not clear before it was now Mejia, Ramirez and Sarmiento were all working together. Sarmiento was not wearing a K2 Empire uniform but he might as well have been. Mejia went up the road a bit and Sarmiento gapped up to him. Then they started to pull away and they were working word to make sure this was a successful breakaway attempt. They quickly grew a quarter mile lead. Then Arndt lead the charge assisted by Matzger. Ramirez and I were also in the pack. Ramirez worked to make sure there was no fluid consistency in our chase group latterly standing up every time he got to the front. Arndt chased hard and assisted by Eddy from time to time but I was just barely hanging on. I would have liked to have helped but as Arndt later explained that was the toughest and fastest time of the race. Arndt in my opinion was the favorite to win and I believe that this was the point in which he proved that he was the strong man of the day chasing down a two teammates working together practically by himself while the third tried to disrupt his effort. We chased for around 2 miles or more till we finally caught them. The selection had been made. I felt that this was the defining moment of the race. I made it I thought to myself. The pack consisted of 6 of us: Arndt, Mejia, Sarmiento, Ramirez, Matzger, and me. As soon as the pace slowed down I immediately replenished with a Gu and Gatorade. With the chase pack clearly out of site we rolled fairly easy but consistent into the mile 58 check point. I grabbed my food bag from my support vehicle (my mom) which was invaluable tool to racing at full capacity. After that stop my legs started to cramp, I thought to myself, it is only a marathon from here. I went to stretch my quads but 3 other muscles would cramp. To my surprise I look back to see Doucet closing just a few meters back pulling a pack of 4 with him. An amazing effort, they must have been a mile behind us after we caught the attack. Though it was not long until it was widdled down to 8 of us: Arndt, Mejia, Sarmiento, Ramirez, Matzger, Doucet, Humphrey and me. On the uphill’s Matzger skated strong keeping us all in check. My legs were really starting to cramp. I drank my Gatorade as fast as I could. I took Gu shots every 20 mins. Then with 10 miles to go one of the hardest charges of the day was initiated by Mejia. It was one that eliminated anybody with weakness. I felt like we were moving at over 23 miles an hour which after 78 miles is fast. The damage was starting to happen and Arndt taking note kept it going. My muscles were cramping, I was on the edge but I knew I had to pull to keep the rhythm of the charge going and show that there was a reason for to be here. We kept it strong like this for what seemed to be a 1.5 miles.

Check points=Food and Water
Check point 5? =Food and Water
The selection was down to an elite few: Arndt, Mejia, Sarmiento, Matzger, and me. My muscles were a wreck cramping like crazy. They still had energy but the cramps made simple motions a fight. Our pace was high and we cruised at over 20 mph down the rough city streets, each bump jolting the muscles. We kept rotating through at this strong tempo. I had an idea of how far we were from the finish but I was not quite sure. The pace started to slow as we came into the last 2.5 miles. Then Matzger attacked but only for a short burst of 20 seconds. Everyone reacted, then again, and again. They were each little blows at short enough intervals that rendered my legs uncontrollable because of the cramping. It was not that they did not have the speed or energy, they were just cramping and I had been fighting the cramps for 26 miles. On an uphill, in a confusing spot, where you jump up on a side walk another attack came. With everything a terminal gap opened (3k to go). I dug hard fighting the cramping legs but they were getting away. Redlined I settled into a strong pace hoping I could get back on in between an attacks. I would gain on them, and then they would pull away. Then right at the end they really opened the gap in the final sprint. I skated hard into the finish. As I crossed the line went to stand up and my legs just cramped up like no words could describe. I could not move legs at all, they were frozen. My muscles cramped so bad I felt as if my knee caps were going to pop off. Not being able to move my legs I rolled until I hit a curb and fell to the ground. I yelled with pain. People came over and tried to stretch out my muscles squeezing the heck out of them so they would release. It took like 4 mins for them to finally release.

2007-10-07 Athens To Atlanta Finish


by Renee Coffman
In the sprint Arndt took of with about 800 meters from the line and sprinted full power. Sarmiento and Mejia chased. At the line it was Arndt by a foot over Sarmiento. Third was Mejia who said he timed his sprint wrong and fourth was Matzger who said he took the wrong way around a car hurting his chance a little before they entered the park. The race was really cool. Yes, the course could never make up its mind to whether it wanted to go up or down but the hills were not as bad as everybody made them out to be. The race was a lot different than I expected and it had a lot to do with the Columbians working as a team. Fifth place is not as high as I would have liked to have finished but I feel it was a very valid fifth place considering that I stayed with the lead pack answering every attack all the way to the end, well almost to the end. Good competition, scenic course, time of life at A2A.

A2A Prelude

You can skip to the story race story, if you want. Well there I sat a 1.5 weeks before A2A wondering what I was going to skate on. I was hoping that my new Custom's would arrive in the mail before the race but it was becoming clear that they weren’t. I couldn’t skate on my Custom 6.5 mount because the carbon had cracked half way around the one of the mounting blocks. I could not send them to be fixed because the boot maker was all the way in Canada. My custom 7.5 mount had both front mounting blocks loose on them. I have no functional boot before an 87 mile race. So, I send the boot next day to the boot maker, he remounts the blocks and sends them back. Great, problem solved. No not really, I get them back and one of the blocks is still loose. He explains to me how to fix it and I am on my way with a barrowed 110mm frame. I skate the new frame boot combo Wed/Thurs and I am just not happy with the way I feel in the boots. In my Custom 6.5 mount's I am quick, light, maneuverable, and comfortable. I have to skate my Custom 6.5 mount's . I take a 1mm spacing block that is wider than the mounting block and epoxy the hell out of it to the boot creating a splint. That would be what I would race on, good old fashion 6.5 with with 100mm wheels.
Peter Starykowicz's Race Reports: Athens To Atlanta and A2A Prelude

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