Best way to increase skate speed and balance?
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04-08-2010, 12:13 AM
Puck control master
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: On the perimeter
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Good call, biking uphill gets you bonus points
Biking is definitely key...
I may still be awful - but I am getting faster, and alot of it has to do with just being on the ice during public skates wearing some gear like elbow pads and pushing myself out of my comfort zone to skate hard.
The biking is tremendously helpful for endurance as when I've played open hockey after about an hour or so the other, more talented players are sucking wind, but even though my effort has been as hard as theirs, I can easily go for another hour of intense play.
I cycle 3/4 times per week, about 18-20 miles each time, usually over non-flat terrain, but I pedal hard throughout, knowing that it will benefit my hockey play.
As an old-timer like H68, I try to do exercises that are gentle/low-impact on my sore knees. The night before I play I usually will just ride a shorter distance, so as not to extend myself and leave myself "fresher."
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