Thread: im so damn slow
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10-28-2005, 10:09 PM
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TheLokNesMonster
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People think I am fast, but believe me when I say I am not, very average speed at best. I have seen myself on camera and I'll admit I look as good as the next guy, but my stride is very inefficient.

Here's how I improved my speed without altering my flawed technique.

I built my legs up by riding my road bike vigorously approximately 40 miles a week. My legs don't cramp with lactic acid as fast as a result.

I have smaller shin guards, very light.

My breezers are very light and hang perfectly so I don't even feel them.

I bought some really, really light skates, probably the lightest on the market. This has made a huge difference. Over a 1/2 pound of weight off each skate is quite noticeable.

I agree with the above advice about power skating and trying to improve your technique, but this is very tough after you hit 14-15 years of age. You need to get a solid technique right out of the chute or you will have to basically "unlearn" before you re-learn. Pretty tough to do when you are an adult, even if you are a younger adult of 20 or so...

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