Did a lot of inline skating since end of last ski season. Still room for lots of improvement, but have gotten a bunch of miles in and worked on different stuff, and know that I've gotten better - amongst other things over time I continue to get more comfortable skating steeper slopes faster.
Was thinking about the first post, and how it's still true for me...
Anyway, skating down a moderate slope with a little speed, attempting to "carve" turns - no wedge or crossover in this context - skates parallel. This is what I've found...
- In order to balance as I turn I have to angulate, and in order to angulate I have inside skate (tip) lead - happens naturally
- At transition I find myself actively pushing the outside skate forward as I "topple" into new turn
- Old outside skate becomes new inside skate with tip lead as turn progresses
...when I came across this video recently...
This thread turned into a big cluster f**k about one-footed versus two-footed skiing, but I never meant to put the focus on that. When I skate and carve downhill turns my skates both stay on the ground, but there is noticeable tip lead, and that tip lead naturally changes when I go to change edges. Same thing that's happening in the video above, except he's presenting it as "pull the uphill foot back", (pull old inside/new outside ski back), and I think of it as "push the downhill foot forward", (push old outside/new inside ski forward). Relative to the position of the feet/skis/skates it's the same thing - I need to play with it next time I skate (and ski) and see if there's an effective difference between the two.
When you watch Ligety ski, do you not see the same thing?