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Old August 18th, 2006, 11:03 AM   #1
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Default How to train at the beach for skating ?

Hello,

in 34 hours from now I will go on holidays for three weeks. The place I go is very children- but not skate-friendly: Lots of sand and warm salty water.
When the local skate club cancelled it's marathon race which was scheduled for end of August, I finally decided to leave my skates at home and put more suncream into my suitcase instead.

But how do I keep I my body's memory for skating fresh? What can I do not to fall too much back in my skating level?
Your proposals should not make me look like the total clown on the beach... and may be help to restrain the effects of too much pasta and gelato.

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Old August 18th, 2006, 12:53 PM   #2
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You could do much low walking (that's walking with your upper and lower legs at close to a 90 degree angle, and your upper body tipped forward, like in skating). But wait, I guess that would make you look like a clown.

Running up sand dunes is good. If you don't have dunes, running in soft sand is some help. Dodging kids will help agility.

Take your skates and skate a road near the beach. Before you go, check out wind skating, also called skate sailing, where you are pulled by a big kite. That will not do much for you, but skating back aganist the wind will.
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Old August 18th, 2006, 02:43 PM   #3
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...too much pasta and gelato.
I believe that's an oxymoron

Go to Bont.com and look at the scroll bar on the right for feature articles where you'll find "Land Training: the secret weapon" . This section alone will answer most of your posts. To answer your other question about learning to increase your cadence, bottom line is if you want to learn to move your feet faster, move them faster. Whether it's on your spin bike, running or plyometrics. Sprints or sprintlike activity.
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Old August 19th, 2006, 08:50 PM   #4
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Thanks speedysktr,
very good advice. The featured article deserves a direkt link here:
Land Training: the secret weapon - session 1,
Session 2,
Session 3 (with a full training program)
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Old August 21st, 2006, 10:44 PM   #5
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Hello,

in 34 hours from now I will go on holidays for three weeks. The place I go is very children- but not skate-friendly: Lots of sand and warm salty water.
When the local skate club cancelled it's marathon race which was scheduled for end of August, I finally decided to leave my skates at home and put more suncream into my suitcase instead.
Hello!))
I hope you are enjoying yourself there!!! How do you like the place? And pasta? Is it somewhere in Italy?
You mentioned marathon race. Was it a skate race? If it was, the place can't be that skate-unfriendly!
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