Not from good to great, more like from sucky to...slightly less bad?
January 3, 2011 12:09 AM Subscribe
How can I best transform myself into a more efficient and possibly faster skate skier? If you started as an adult and now feel competent at this task, what resources did you use and what did you do to improve and refine your technique?
posted by charmedimsure to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (3 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I started cross-country skiing (mostly skate, I'm not too interested in classical) more or less as an adult, and am still at the low-intermediate stage after a couple years- I can stay upright and transport myself from one place to another, but not particularly gracefully. Most people on the trail who I'd guess are my age and at my general level of fitness seem to be kicking my butt, and I'm not exactly sure what I'm doing wrong. I would like to get better at skate skiing- not necessarily to be faster per se, but to work the kinks out of my technique so I can genuinely enjoy going out and skiing instead of feeling gasp-y and destroyed while I'm doing it.
Masters skiing/coaching around these parts appears to be for the genuinely fast. The skate ski classes that Parks and Rec offers are for people who can't really stay upright just yet. I am going to get a few good friends to take me out and look at my technique, and I may find someone to officially coach me at some point.
But until that happens- what are the best ways to discover what I'm doing wrong and fix it? What are good general-reference skate skiing videos/books/games/resources/?. What are some common mistakes that the average slightly flailing skate skier makes, and what are the best/easiest ways to fix them? What would the best cross-training in a gym be on days when conditions are too cold or icy? If you are not one of the lucky few who started as a kid or found it easy to start, what were your a-ha! moments? How long did it take until you felt confident and could easily go for an hour or two?
I am 31, female, healthy and active and have easy access to miles and miles of groomed wide trails of varying degrees of hilliness along with some very flat stadium areas for games and drills. I've been skate skiing 2-3 times a week since early November and usually fit in about 5 total cardio workouts a week along with some very basic weight training at least twice a week.