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Old October 19th, 2006, 02:00 AM   #1
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Default Been skating 4 about two days now...

I am finding that even 10kph is too fast!! I also can't stop without slamming into anything
Can any of you more experienced skaters help me out? It would be much appreciated
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Old October 19th, 2006, 02:05 AM   #2
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Just keep practicing...maybe start out where there are no cars rolling about.
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Old October 19th, 2006, 06:57 AM   #3
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stopping techniques have been discussed to hell and beyond, read through the beginner forum, you'll find many threads on it...as well as other things that might help you...if you still need help, feel free to ask

welcome to the world of skating!
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Old October 19th, 2006, 02:21 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Funkmaster Andy View Post
I am finding that even 10kph is too fast!! I also can't stop without slamming into anything
Can any of you more experienced skaters help me out? It would be much appreciated
In all likelihood the greatest confidence in skating will come with balance and the ability to stop, neither a particular forte for me, hence the third contributing factor "reckless abandon", not advisable. Start somewhere with no "roll", totally flat ground, if necessary start on the grass, or a tennis court or cork track, they don't roll for crap. Practice sliding one foot forward and pulling it back, that's "scissoring", sort of like doing a forward split. Learn to do it readily with either foot. That is the first step in using your heel brake effectively and is also the preferred way to wide over transitions in pavement, or any uneven surface, i.e. speed bumps, railroad tracks, tar snakes. Next, try sliding one foot behind you and sideways, just let it make a casual arc until it is perpendicular to the gliding foot. Learn this with both feet as well, it is the major portion of a "T" stop. Practice one legged balancing on your living room carpet, without skates first, then with skates. Once you develop fair balance, practice applying the pressure for heel braking and "T" stopping. Once you have those under control you'll be looking for 30kph! JB
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Old October 20th, 2006, 10:39 PM   #5
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Andy, the good news is, you can make progress happen. See Jon's excellent reply above.

It can, however, be pretty frustrating at times. Don't let yourself be discouraged! When I started out, I thought that simply standing in skates was fun. Heck, I still think so.

Try to go places and keep to speeds, however slow, that let you control the skating. The words to remember being "slow" and "control". Don't be shy about taking it to extremes, you'll usually find that the next time on skates will show some improvement. If not, try something else, it'll come together at a later point.

Learning how to brake is a top priority. Also, try some gentle spills to gain some trust in your protective gear.
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