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Indoor Speed Skating 101
Part 3 of 8

An introduction to indoor speed skating for skaters who have never tried it before, by Jim Fink (part 3 of 8).

Skating with better skaters always makes you a better skater. This has to be one of the most potent and subliminal features of indoor skating. You can see first-hand what the other skaters are doing, talk to them, and try to keep up as well as you can. I am always in awe of a well-practiced speed skater and will study his or her style and technique from behind (they are always in front of me) or from the bench. They will can give you tips that will help connect the flow of all the different skills you are learning. An excellent mental image is real important for your own development and the speed rink is the place to get it. Don't be afraid to mimic an advanced speeder. You might find that it helps you take your skating to a whole new level.

However, I must add something: The young speeders (I mean teens and under twenty five) are especially fast and amazing to watch. But since they still live in a bewildering hormone/ego zone, one needs to temper one's point of view and expectations when skating with that age group. But good tips can still be sifted out. Remember, there will always be someone faster, stronger and better than you because many of these skaters have been skating indoors before inlines were invented. Getting lapped is part of the game! Keep smiling! Don't let it get you down!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jim Fink is a Seattle speed and fitness skater and part time jazz musician who loves to write about topics that interest him. Jim was a member of the Seattle Skate Patrol for many years, and he describes himself as "a nice guy and the father of three great kids".



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