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Being a newbie again.

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I just took my inaugural run on my new inline skates on the Stowe rec path. I think it's good to get a better feeling for what thte first time skier feels. I managed not to lose any skin, but it was close. I had a few Wile E. Coyote running on air moments. They seem to respond to rotary, and you can slow down with a very minor wedge. Any sort of a hill would be a major problem for me right now. A small bridge over the river was quite an obstacle, probably like the "headwall" on our bunny slope. I seem to have quite an A-frame with these things on, but I guess alignment doesn't matter all that much on them. I still think I will try some old footbeds in them though.
post #2 of 13

Why are you willing to accept an A-Frame in skating and not skiing? Movement of CM smoothly,not sequentially is the key.

Definitely try footbeds.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Why would I accept an A-frame, well, it seems that edging doesn't do anything for me since the skates don't seem to have sidecut. Therefore, being permanently on edge doesn't seem to be a problem. Anyway, being straight up and down, must be better, so if I can wedge an old footbed in there, and it helps, I'll do it.
post #4 of 13
No edge...just part of it. Aside...heard some skaters have there front wheel ever so slightly off the ground, so when you do tilt the skate, the lead wheel does form a "sidecut". Have never tried this, so don't know if they were pulling my leg....

Back to A-Frame...we always talk about flexibility, balance recovery, range of motion...if your knees are locked in an A-frame, you are limiting your movements.

Also if you are using skating for cross-training....try to match to the skiing movements.
post #5 of 13
Epic, see if the footbed resolve your problem but it might not. Skating ask for more work at the ankle and the hip joint. A lot of beginner in their attempt ot balance adopt that a frame stance opposing force on the two skates. Try practicing balancing movement on the grass, immobile, where the skates will not run as much from under you. You should keep the middle of your knee close to center over your foot. Exception of the pushing leg in the skating stroke. Emphasize a good range of motion since this is what hinder most beginner.

Those movements should be for example
1)squatting up and down
2) shuffle the legs alternatively in front especially the right one (this is useful to brake powerfully), then push the right one and you lift the toes gradually.
3)try to balance on one foot as you do a sideway lunge( as in skating)
4) do the same movement without moving on the pavement
5) Then try them in motion.
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
Maybe A-frame is the wrong word then. It's not like my knees are touching or anything. It's just the skates are not perpindicular to the groung unless I close my stance to within a few inches.
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
Actually Frenchie, I did try some of that, but I will keep it in mind tomorrow.

Anyway, the point of the thread is that right now, for me, a twig on the path is a small challenge, and a bridge with at most a 1' rise is a pretty big challenge. It probably feels a bit like that first gliding wedge.

Hopefully I'll get myself off the bunny path soon (and bloodlessly).
post #8 of 13
I see what you are saying. When I took snowboarding a few time it gave me a perspective how the beginner are seeing the hill. It is good to put thing in perspective. Have fun tomorrow [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #9 of 13
Watch the "Roller Disco" double episode (with Leif Garrett!) of CHiPs for some good pointers.

[ June 04, 2003, 12:11 PM: Message edited by: milesb ]
post #10 of 13
I find rollerblading easy, but the feeling of less control really gets to me. You can't dig them into the ground! Going down a hill I find pretty scary...especally as here in Canberra, the best rollerblading is on our big system of Bike Paths, which are meandering bitumen paths all around the lake and city. perfect for blading, but they are narrow too...so you have to hold your nerve going downhill and not try to slow down. Yuck! I prefer skiing.
post #11 of 13
We went over to Stowe a couple years ago when they had a small ropetow set up in the parking lot at Spruce and a slalom course. I found it to be very much like skiing on the new short slalom skis. The roller blades seemed to respond to the same movements and required you be absolutely centered or you were down. The exception was that they seemed to not like rotary movements much. Of course these rental skates' wheels were severely worn. At least the ones I used were when I turned them in. The sides of the wheels were beveled from wear. Possibly this made them more difficult to turn. They don't like to be skidded sideways the way skis can be. Anyway I found myself laying them over, just like skis. The real abrasion hazard was very off-putting. I mean you can fall over and slide all day on skis and not get hurt but one slide on pavement can really ruin your day!
post #12 of 13
Epic - look for an IISA instructor & take a lesson or 2 to learn good technique....

It feels a LOT like skiing but my skates don't flex/rebound when I do short turns down hill (long slow hill on bike path)
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
IISA? Never even heard of it.

Found their website on my first guess though - www.iisa.org
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