"I like the feeling that it gives me while I'm racing," Duque said. "The people, I have a great training group, it makes it even better. The feeling, the atmosphere, it's exciting for me to participate and watch."
Duque is now nearing the pinnacle of her specialty sport.
She recently returned from Barcelona, Spain, where she competed for Team USA in the World Roller Games. Because inline skating is not an Olympic event, this is the highest level of competition for the sport.
Duque, one of five girls competing for Team USA in the junior division, and in her first World Roller Games, took 16th in the world in the 100-meter drag race.
She also competed in the 200-meter pursuit, 500 meters, the 1-lap circuit and the marathon while in Barcelona from June 28 to July 16.
"Since it was my first time I thought I did pretty good," Duque said. "Overall pretty good for my first international race."
Duque was playing soccer at age 8 when she decided she needed to try something different. Her mom, Jennifer, had done the traditional quad roller skating when she was younger, and Kayla decided she wanted to do inline.
She trains six days a week. The seventh day is a recovery day, although even on that day Duque does some sort of spinning or stretching. Her coach, Jorge Botero, is a three-time world champion from Colombia who sends her weekly programs – skating outside, going in the gym or plyometrics.
Duque skates outside in places where there aren't many cars, or parking lots in good conditions, and sometimes indoors at the Aurora Skate Center.
"Sometimes, he has me do sprint work, other times long skates, 16 miles – it just depends on the time of the year," Duque said.
Occasionally in training, Duque does motor pacing, where she finds a road not populated and holds onto the back of the car as her mom gets up to high speed.
"I get up to 50 miles an hour," Duque said.