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Indoor Speed Skating 101
Part 4: The Workout
An introduction to indoor speed skating for
skaters who have never tried it before, by Jim Fink (part 4 of 8).
Yes, indoor speedskating is a workout, as in dripping wet, soggy
tee shirts. How is it that I can skate 20 or more miles on an open
trail, but have a difficult time finishing 30 laps indoors? Simple.
No coasting! It's all cornering techniques and sprinting.
Pushing around the turns, and getting exposed to cornering in a crowd,
keeps you constantly moving, and constantly working to make those
crossovers more powerful. The strongest skaters come from the indoor
world and it is no wonder. I have seen beginning speeders go from not
being able to a crossover, to becoming accomplished
at doing crossovers, in less than a month.
Running on your skates is a real energy burner. Getting low and staying
low is the key to executing those long leg extensions that will give you
optimum power. It is a fabulous workout to go around and around the ring
of truth, keeping as low as you possibly can.
As you begin to work on your crossovers and sprints, and your muscles
rebel and the lactic acid begins to pile up, you know you are working
your body. Hey, it's only training practice, so feel free to pull over
for some water. Keep showing up for practice and you'll keep pushing
back those thresholds. At the end of each session, you'll be tired,
you'll be a little faster and you'll be a little better skater.
Attending speed practice in the Winter is an excellent way to stay
in shape for the spring and summer months ahead.
Part 5: Falling Down
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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