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Indoor Speed Skating 101
An introduction to indoor speed skating for
skaters who have never tried it before, by Jim Fink (part 1 of 8).
INDOOR SPEED SKATING 101
by Jim Fink
First, a disclaimer: I am not a speed skater per se. I know and have seen
real, competing speed skaters and I know, solidly, I am not one of them - yet!
should also point out that the date of this article marks exactly my second
year on inline skates, so the wheeled world is still in front of me. However,
by this time I find that my skills are somewhere between the recreational
skaters and the speed demons, so
I guess I can feel a bit proud of myself.
Between ski trips, I spent most of the past winter skating indoors and I
found myself getting involved with an indoor speedskating group. And what
a world it is. The first word that came to my mind was "humbling."
The second word I came to respect was "workout." Competition racing is
not a real-life goal for me at this time, and I must agree with master
skater Sam Weaver when he says, "For me, the fun is derived from the
competition with myself. If I can do one more interval, or one more anything,
it's a blast!" I came to open my mind to a different type of skating
exercise, a genuine workout in a regimented and specialized setting.
For many outdoor skaters, skating around in a circle
(turning left all the time) can be perceived as quite tedious
and roughly pointless. I can understand that viewpoint, because I
was an outdoor skater who felt the same way. But if the indoor skater
is well coached, that circle turns into a ring of truth and growth.
There are several characteristics of indoor speed skating that any
intermediate skeeler can take advantage of.
What Indoor Speed Practice is Like
I enjoyed my experience with indoor skating, and I will continue to
make it part of my overall skating experience in the years ahead.
At least that's my intention. This Winter, I discovered many of my
limitations and I conquered some of my fears. I can
see that indoor speed skating will be a very nice compliment to my
outdoor skills. The indoor world is different than the outdoor world,
but a good number of the skaters I know are skilled at both and I'm
glad I can now be counted among them.
See you at the rink!
Part 2: The Drills
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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