Report - Danny Lévèsque



Hi Rod! Back in August I sent you an email saying I was doing 20 km a day at my place, Rivière-des-Prairies, and you told me to do longer distances to get ready for the Défi -- so that's what I did. Then on Saturday morning, after getting some advice from Charles Beaudoin I looked for people who were hoping to finish in around 10 hours. I knew I was ready to do the Défi, my only fear was that my feet wouldn't make it... Finally I talked to someone who said it was his 3rd time and he always did it under 8 hrs, so I decided to follow him as long as I could keep up, then back off if I had to. Everything went great, and around 9h10 we took our first break to eat and drink, then another one at the far end of Gouin Blvd, where I ate my last snack. When we set off again, my friend said now we have to use perseverance all the rest of the way. I stayed with him till the Jacques Cartier Bridge; it was 13h30 and I took a break by myself to rest my feet, which were pretty sore in my K2's. After 10 minutes I went on alone, then in the Old Port rested again on a bench for a while. Like I said, my feet were sore and I was out of food for about the last 30 km, part of learning by experience in my personal Défi. Finally I went on as far Wellington, where my feet were hurting so much I said to myself, Look, either you take off your skates and rest for a good half hour and then go on and get a bronze medal, or you call a taxi right now to take you to your car. It was 14h15. I decided, this is where my first Défi is going to end. Mission accomplished, I'm satisfied! I want to thank the organizer and the volunteers who supported us all the way. I'm 38, and as long as I'm in shape and in good health I plan to take part in this test of endurance. The next step for me is to get some good skates, and in the years ahead, with lots of training maybe I'll get to Atlanta! I love skating and I'm really looking forward to next year, so thanks again to Charles and friends, and to Rod for all the tips you gave me -- with good training you can do anything.

Danny Lévèsque