37 at 37

My friend Eric Kraan turned 37 yesterday, so for his birthday, his idea of fun was to lace up his classic Viking hardtails and skate 37 laps!!

Eric skates everything, ice, inline, quads, the Funky Friday night skate here in Salt Lake. He is an allskater in the truest sense of the word.

Eric still can go fast, and could have skated those laps faster with his custom boots & clap blades, but things can be different when you love skating but start to see the south side of 30, (or maybe I am wrong, maybe it’s just that Eric’s dad is Dutch).

In his last few laps, Eric did catch an edge and took a tumble to the ice, but the important thing is he popped right back up again, and finished with a smile (or was that a grimace of lactic pain)

and that is important at any age…

7 Responses to “37 at 37”

  1. For some reason the oval looks really clean and very empty, not to mention the lack of hockey glass around the inners. Are they actually going to do the permanent ST rink yet, or is it just some kind of world cup thing?

  2. The “lack of glass around the inners” is the permanent ST rink.

  3. Do you think skating with theses can improve corner technique?

  4. Woooo hooo Finally !! :D

  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERIC! WE LOVE YOU MAN!

  6. […] Posted on December 14, 2008 by Peter Doucet Check out Andrew Love’s latest entry 37 at 37- In his last few laps, Eric did catch an edge and took a tumble to the ice, but the important thing […]

  7. I caught the outter edge of my right skate, and by seeing the picture of how much outside edge I have on the right skate, I can tell how that happened. Remember those boots are just leather, nothing to hold your ankle if you are slightly out of balance.

    Thanks for the cool times that night! Everyone is so good!

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