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Need inline skating tips.

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Specifically from the expert skiers and instructors. What skills do I bring from carving on skis? Any tips for fore/aft balance. How about arch Cramping? I noticed for a short run a few nights ago I get the same arch cramping I used to get when I would ski lots of bumps and forget to relax my feet. (griping with my toes) I also get some tightening of muscles on the shins. (I suspect this is normal and will pass as I learn to balance better) Should I consider rubber tipped poles?

Just digging for more info. (by the way, Salomon TR Mag elite (long rigid frame)80MM wheels)

Thanks...
post #2 of 8
What kind of footbeds do you have in your skates?
The shin splints will pass.

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post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
JD,

re shinsplints, I thought so just checking.
The arches, Since I just got the skates I have not had a chance to get them to my boot fitter. I will have a set of Superfeet Kork footbeds made as soon as he gets his systems set up again. He just moved his shop and the place is not completely set up yet.

Is this the fix for the arch cramping?
post #4 of 8
dchan,

You will find that there is a lot of crossover between skiing and skating. I don't know if poles are necessary (I don't use them myself) but I can see how they might add ski-specific timing. I've seen people putting a tennis ball (with a small X cut in it) over each ski pole tip as an alternative to getting an additional set of rubber-tipped poles.

My personal epiphany with skates (as they apply to skiing) was realizing how effective the inside skate can be for controlling your turn radius. Work on actively scribing "C" cuts with your inside skate to tighten your turn radius (especially at slower speeds). Just as on skis, the amount of weighing on your inside and outside feet can vary a lot.

In terms of stance, you will find that there is a difference between skiing and skating. You are most agile on skates when your ankles and knees are pretty deeply flexed (knees up to 90°)--look at NHL hockey players. This does two things: first, it maximizes the duration of your push-off and thus increases the amount of work you can do per stroke. Second, if your legs are too straight it will be more difficult to execute cross-overs and other such moves where one foot has to pass in front of/behind the other. Of course you can't develop this much ankle flex in ski boots (nor do you need so, since neither of these above two considerations apply to skiing), and so you will find that you have more ankle/knee bend in skates than on skis.

One-skate balance is critical and pays off in your skiing. Develop your crossovers and even to forward-backward transitions, backward skating, backward crossovers, since all of these demand one-footed balance. Learning to play inline hockey last summer paid off big for my skiing this past season.

If you want more tips on developing your agility on skates, I highly recommend Laura Stamm's "Power Skating"—she has worked with many NHL players on skating technique, and I thought that her book was clear and well-written.<FONT size="1">

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post #5 of 8
Oops...one clarification--the whole deal about keeping your ankles/knees more bent on skates doesn't necessarily apply if you want to practice turning downhill. You can stand taller as you would on skis, since you aren't stroking or crossing over.
post #6 of 8
Did you bring your skates to work today (it's sooo pretty out!)
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
No, grrr.
Actually I've got an appointment to make some orthotics tonight.
post #8 of 8
darn, I am going to the Embarcadero on mine today for lunch. Great day for a skate.

Good luck with the orthotics. They will really help alot.
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