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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.

Cornering: 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.

Sprinting: 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.

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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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