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03-11-2009, 11:45 AM
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Mr Jiggyfly
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Originally Posted by LTNINGFan View Post
Alrighty boys, no longer am I a virgin to the ice. Tonight was well worth the 3 hr roundtrip for nearly an hour on the ice.

Since I have no skates, I had to get some from the house. I am glad I knew I needed something smaller than my regular shoe size as the kiddo behind the desk said I needed a 9. I wear a 9.5. I went ahead and asked for an 8, and I'm glad I did. A bit tight around the toes, and although I didn't have a tool to tighten the strings, I did well enough to keep the boots flopping around my ankles, thankfully.
I started out with roller hockey when I was a kid and made the transition to ice as a teen.

I used to rocker my rollerblades, so basically I only skated on the two middle wheels. This really helped me transition to ice well, because an ice blade is naturally rockered.

As you probably found out, you naturally want to do those quick turn stops like you are on your rollerblades. You have to learn how to use all four edges of your blades on ice.

The big advantage I found from roller to ice - is your feet move so much faster because rollerblades are much heavier.

I have been playing ice for 15 yrs or so now and eventhough I first learned to skate on rollerblades, I find I am much more explosive on ice - simply because the skates are lighter and I can stop on a dime...

You know how sometimes in roller you get to top speed and you simply can't stop or you will blow out a knee... so you have to do one of those big turns?

Well on ice, you never have that fear because you can always stop, regardless of how fast you are going. So just give it time and you will never regret it.

The best way to learn is to identify the best skater on the ice and watch him/her when you are on the bench. That is what I did - then I asked the best skaters for help/tips.

One fast tip - you said you used smaller skates and they hurt your toes?

Just loosen the laces around bottom 4-6 eyelets and don't tighten them when you lace up your skates. It will give your toes more room.

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