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Dryland Rolelr Skate Training?

post #1 of 6
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Just watched some videos, It looks like a blast :) Kind of like ski racing.

What do you guys think of the Harb Carvers vs the Street Ski. I have been looking at getting some new skates this year, I love roller skating down big hills in summer, and these popped up, and the notion of carving on skates and training for ski racing never really hit me.
post #2 of 6
I looked at the Harb Carvers and Street Skis, but to be honest after a full season of racing and coaching, I'm ready to do something else. Certain elements of my fitness fall off, and it's time to do other sports and other activities to address that. Also, I find I enter the next season much more enthusiasticly if I've taken some time off.
For me, April is the time to pull out the road bike and start piling on the miles. Every crank of the pedal on a long climb is one more turn I can make in the winter.
It's called cross-training for a reason.
post #3 of 6
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Yeah, major difference here, i fall into a gloomy depression as soon as my last run is over until summer training at Hood or whistler. I'm just going to go with a normal pair of skates and get some road pole tip covers and practice skating for training instead of running on my off gym days. I hate running.
post #4 of 6
I haven't tried the Street Skis, but I have 3 pair of Harb Carvers (one of each model.)  The Harb Carvers give a feeling remarkably like carving, and they can become an addictive summer pastime.  The main difference compared to skiing is that fore-aft movements need to be more subtle since you have a foot-length "ski" and any attempt to twist the "ski" will be awkward.  Although they're fun on their own, in my experience improvements in carvering carry through onto snow in 1-3 days of skiing -- the body just needs a little bit of practice to tweak its improved skills to work on skis which are longer than carvers.

safety note:  as with inline skating, wrist, knee, and elbow guards, gloves, padded pants, and a helmet are a good idea if you are going to make energetic turns. 
post #5 of 6
What happens when you blow a knee or have some other season-ending injury? For most racers (especially ones that really push it), it's not a question of if, but when.
You need to broaden your interests, if only to maintain your sanity.
post #6 of 6
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Yeah, well im still on my Natural Born ACLs at 16 so I'm happy about that... When I blow my knee for a Season, I'm 16, I can sit on the couch and play video games for plenty of hours.


Alaska Mike, I Love skiing. If i could move to a place that their is snow 24/7, I would in a heart beat. Its like an Obsession. Hell im a ski-a-holic.

I'm pretty good at wearing knee guards, elbow guard, and those stupid wrist things. One trip down a big hill on my tummy in shorts and a t shirt taught me what not to do.
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