Get down to move up
Hi, Bill! ... What is the most important thing to keep in mind as you progress from intermediate to expert speed skating? - Bjørn
Hi, Bjørn. ... The most important factor to overcome is bad position. The intermediate skater has to learn to sit lower (in the power position), like a compressed spring.
Within reason, the knee must be over the front of the toe, and hips over your ankles, with a bend at the waist.
The six basic movements
Hi, Bill. ... I was reading elsewhere about the six basic movements necessary to develop good skating skills and technique. Could you explain them? Thanks, Andrew.
Hi, Andrew. ... It's true. For straight-line speed sprinting, there are basically only six things to get right and then everything starts to fall into line.
1.) Body Position
2.) Transfer of Body Weight
4.) Arm Swing
Two studies I was involved with concluded that on an open road, high speeds were associated with a full push to the side with all wheels in contact with the surface and a high back arm swing.
The arm moves back at approximately a 45-degree angle; it swings forward with the hand basically brushing the body and the elbow bending to bring the hand up close to the opposite shoulder, but not outside the line of the body or above nose level, as bobbing against the force of gravity could cost a couple of heart beats and put you into oxygen debt if you are near your threshold.
5.) Recovery Loop
6. Drive Through
Learning the double push
Hello, Bill. ... I'm 55 years old and have been inline skating (using speed skates) for several years. Can you tell me the best way to learn the double push? I'm a pretty good skater but just haven't taken that "next step." George Kinnard on Cleveland's North Coast
Hi, George. ... Master the six facets outlined above. Once you have that, the double push will follow. It's all about good edges and transfer of body weight. Most people make it complicated. But it's just a case of getting the basics correct first.
When I used to run club rink training sessions, the first-time learners and the world champions all trained together and did the same basic drills. Never lose sight of the basics.