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Old March 10th, 2012, 01:50 AM   #1
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Default Turning Whilst Skating On One Foot (Inline/Ice)

For the longest time I've had a ratty left foot outside edge glide. Right foot was fine, but with the left foot I could skate in a straight line fine, or turn right, but nothing would allow me to reliably turn to the left (i.e. hold an outside edge).

Figured it out today!

The secret, it seems, is tucking the free leg's knee directly in behind the skating leg's knee. This seems to force a twist in the skating foot that induces the turn.

I was already doing this for my right foot skating, but never saw until today that I wasn't doing it for left foot glides. Suddenly my left foot one foot forward slalom works reliably too! Magic!

Seems to help my currently awkward backward outside edges too, though of course in that case the free knee should be directly in front of the skating knee, rather than behind it.

Just passing this on, in the hopes that someone finds it helpful. Wish I knew this a year ago!
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Old March 14th, 2012, 11:32 PM   #2
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It intrigued me as to why this trick worked. Was messing around today trying to learn to do hard "hockey turns", and it clicked.

Mostly what this is doing is forcing my foot far enough ahead of my centre of gravity, so that the applied push comes from behind the skate, and that push actually pushes the skate along the desired circular path. Much like you would "drive" a skate along a table by hand.

It's just like the beginners Rocking Horse exercise: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Opp6uvNp9w0). No matter how hard one pushes or whatever, one can't move forward until weight is transferred all the way to the heels. Or more precisely, very slightly behind them.

Really need to fire up Inkscape and draw a diagram to explain this better....

But it's like suddenly I see how skating actually works!
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