This week's column:
Six Simple Steps to Straight Line Speed
No. 2: Push to the Side
July 13, 2011
Nicole Begg pushing to the side with all wheels on the ground.
Since your goal in speed skating is to move forward, it may seem natural to push back when you stride. But this is wrong.
The proper push is directly to the side with all your wheels in contact with the ground. This propels you forward in the same way that wind from the side powers a sail boat.
Push to the side until your leg is almost fully extended. Then, your wheels basically lift up together before your foot swings back behind you.
No. 3: Weight Transfer