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Old November 2nd, 2016, 08:31 PM   #2
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I hesitate to write about technique - it really is something best instructed by a coach, but this might be straightforward.

Yes, you should try to be symmetrical. Is anyone perfectly symmetrical when they skate? No. but that ideally is the goal.

That being said, the most important thing is whether or not your are balanced. When you recover, if you stopped your stroke at the set down point, could you maintain the glide on one leg? If not, you are not balanced, and you won't be as fast as you could be.

If you are balanced throughout the entirety of your stroke (skate in super slow motion to test), and you don't have any pain associated with an unequal stroke, then carry on and just try to make each stroke as symmetrical as possible.
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