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04-13-2009, 11:07 AM
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: North Shore, MA
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It doesn't sound like your skates are what's messing things up. You lost a hefty amount of weight. It's no doubt changed your balance and flexibility. That's going to effect your stride, which in turn effect all aspects of your skating.
In time you will adjust to your new weight. So give it a little bit before heading the shop for new skates.
This. Unless you're dying to buy new skates anyway see if there's another reason for your dip in performance. I wouldn't expect a sudden loss of quickness and balance if your skates are on their way out -- it takes a long time for them to wear down so the decline would be more gradual and less noticeable.
Congratulations for dropping 70lbs, that's quite an achievement. I find it odd that you lost all that weight and feel slower, though -- you should be tearing around the ice without the extra weight to slow you down. I think you may have lost some muscle mass in the process. If that's the case please be careful and pace yourself -- your cardio and your endurance may not be the same as before. If your stride isn't as explosive as before you may need to build back up to that. Only thing skate related I can think of is you might experiment with a deeper hollow. If you're lighter your blade might not "dig" into the ice as deeply so you'd have less traction and it would compromise your pushoff. Here I'm just speculating because I've never been skinny.
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