Since I've swapped languages, time to tell you a bit more about myself. I'm 26 years old, and have just finished my Computer Science studies in Bremen. During that time, in 2001, I discovered inline skating as a nice fitness sport. It took three more years until I finally got in touch with inline speedskating, when I was overtaken by a training paceline on a nice road in Bremen. After a bit of chatting I was really eager to try this new thing.
Most of my first exposure and learning happened in London, where I spent several months on an internship. And at the end of my London stay I finally swapped my 4x80 rec skates with my current 5x90 mm custom made boots.
The last two years I trained with a local club (Skate-Connection Bremen). After finishing my thesis I have moved to Hamburg now. My new club, Halstenbeker Turnerschaft, operates one of the few available tracks in North Germany. It is a 250m tarmac oval with no banking, so not of official standard, but very useful for road training. I still keep close contact to the LondonSkaters of course, and am really looking forward to a full week training camp in Sardinia with them in less than four weeks' time. Yeah...
I do not consider myself to be an elite skater (how could I ), more like an ambitious amateur. I do have goals of course, on which I'll talk in one of the next posts, but I neither started skating early enough, follow any explicit training plans nor have sufficient technique - yet - to be able to win races or even keep up with the lead packs. So keep this in mind when reading