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Speed Skating Forum Most of the discussions in this forum will be about inline speed skating but discussions about ice speed skating and quad roller speed skating are also welcome.

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Old October 9th, 2015, 02:46 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

As the sun is a bit lower in the sky and shadows are stretching out I have once again taken notice of my shadow on the ground in front of me. Many years ago on an outdoor ice rink in winter when I was teaching myself to speed skate I saw that at one end of the rink, while cornering, I had an image of myself and my form on the ice in front of me. I found this very helpful in that I could use this shadow as a form of bio-feedback. In other words I could make the image, and thus myself, take on the form I was trying to achieve. There was a huge difference from one end of the rink to the other.

Now, as I am refining my double push technique, I am using the same bio-feedback once again. I should state that I skate mostly on a 400 meter paved oval around a soccer field were I live. So, at one end, with the right light condition, I can see my form on the track in front of me. Why I call this bio-feedback and what I find so amazing about this is that I can make that shadow look like it should in terms of form. We all know what we should look like from videos and watching skating events an so it is easy to replicate the form we should have and unlike a shot video we can fine tune as we are skating. It really does work.

There is a video on Youtube of some Germans training behind a van with a mirror that does the same thing I imagine and dancers do it front of mirrors all of the time. So in lieu of this... try changing your shadow!

I am curious if anyone else has noticed this effect.

Wolfman

Here is that video of 'spiegeltraining" (mirror training):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5tRRsPql58

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Old October 9th, 2015, 03:12 PM   #2
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Yep, I've been preaching this for years. You are the first to do the same.
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Old October 9th, 2015, 04:55 PM   #3
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I do that all the time, not just for speed but for art and jam moves outside.
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Old October 9th, 2015, 08:26 PM   #4
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Slightly unrelated, but man, I wish we had 400M concrete or asphalt tracks. I swear all of ours are either dirty/clay or rubber.
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Old October 9th, 2015, 08:28 PM   #5
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I do this too whenever I get a shadow.

Quote:
My shadow's
Shedding skin and
I've been picking
Scabs again.
I'm down
Digging through
My old muscles
Looking for a clue.
Forty-six and two, Tool.
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Old October 9th, 2015, 08:58 PM   #6
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Slightly unrelated, but man, I wish we had 400M concrete or asphalt tracks. I swear all of ours are either dirty/clay or rubber.
Exactly. Most local school tracks are rubber and they prohibit skating anyway (not that rubber makes a good skating surface).
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Old October 9th, 2015, 09:51 PM   #7
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Yeah, I'm really lucky with that track as it is the main reason I took up inline speed. The track is only about 2 miles from where I live and I usually cycle there on my trike to warm up and back to cool off. The track is about 10' wide and I am mostly there alone except for the odd jogger and of course my nemesis, dog walkers... maybe the dog would prefer grass, no? Anyways, the track is quite smooth and, as an added bonus, last year they started flooding and maintaining it in the winter complete with a warming shed!! I just retired so I will check that out more thoroughly this winter in case I get the urge to add some blades.

I would post a Google picture but I may not post attachments for some reason.

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I do this too whenever I get a shadow.


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Great link! The lyrics are very Apropos.
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I chase my RC car when I work on form, lol!

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Old October 11th, 2015, 08:57 PM   #10
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Good form too! Not quite bio-feedback though, at least not in 'real' time. I think skating with a mirror in front would be the biz!

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Good form too! Not quite bio-feedback though, at least not in 'real' time. I think skating with a mirror in front would be the biz!

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Yes, I agree. Real time feedback would be sweet!
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