For the 12th daily installment of Big Wheel Blading’s Inline Skating and Life During COVID-19 series we talk to Faust Nuñez. Faust is a 61-year-old inline skater and in residence social services worker from Barcelona, ​​Catalonia, Spain. Last year he skated 10,580.55 miles (17,027.74 km) to win Big Wheel Blading’s 2019 Inline Skating Distance Challenge.

What are the current COVID-19 restrictions in Spain? Are you allowed to skate?

At this time we can NOT skate. We are currently required by law to stay at home until April 26th, with the possibility of extending the mandatory quarantine order. For my work, I have been confined for the past three weeks in the home of my client. It is better for me to stay here, then commute 40km (25 miles) each way from my home.

When was the last time you skated?

March 15th was the last day that we were able to skate without restrictions. We realized the situation was going to change, so we went on a 100 km (62 mile) skate. The next day the mandatory quarantine was decreed.

What activities are you doing to occupy your time?

I spend my time reading, listening to music, watching movies and maintaining and tuning my skating equipment.

How has COVID-19 affected your normal everyday life?

What has affected me the most is that I was used to skating 30 kilometers (18 miles) a day to and from my place of work, plus many more kilometers for leisure and passion.

What is your main concern at the moment?

My main concern at the moment is to help my community as much as I can, in the best possible way, to alleviate this social disaster.

How is your local skate community responding?

Except for essential workers who can still commute on skates to work, our entire skating community is totally confined at home.

Do you have anything you’d like to add?

My best wishes to the people working on the front line of this pandemic, helping everyday to end this social and economic disaster as soon as possible. A big hug to everyone!


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