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Old April 29th, 2007, 01:39 PM   #1
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Hello,

Saw my 1st bout this year and was hooked. Bought my skates and protective gear and am ready to start skating outdoors. I skated as a kid and bladed some as an adult, but I want to start fresh for possible derby tryouts. Any suggestions with posture, tips, etc. before I strap 'em on so I won't have to unlearn any bad habits?

Thanks!!!
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Old April 29th, 2007, 02:02 PM   #2
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what kind of skate setup did you get? Also, are you just skating indoors, or outdoors as well?
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Old April 29th, 2007, 02:58 PM   #3
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Hi ncsk8rgirl,

Thanks for the response.

I will be outdoors until the weather permits; I'm in Minneapolis.

I have ROCK GT-40 Quad Speed Skates with Aerobic Outdoor Wheels and ABEC-5 bearings.
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Old April 29th, 2007, 03:07 PM   #4
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Minneapolis... brrrrrr

One thing I will suggest is to STRETCH before & after any skating!

Skating outdoors is a whole different animal compaired to indoor skating, especially on quad skates. Be sure to survey the area well before skating. Note any road hazzards before hand so you know what to avoid. Gravel & twigs can be a killer!

That being said, if you are not a "comfortable" skater, take it slow. Make sure that you are on as flat a surface as you can find. Work on learning how to stop before you tackle anything else. It is real easy to get going but if you find yourself in a dangerous situation you want to be able to stop yourself! Ths is something that you can practice at home before you hit the streets There are several threads here on skatelog that address stopping methods.
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Old April 30th, 2007, 05:23 PM   #5
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start practicing a low skating posture. You want your knees bend so that your knees, nose,and toes are in a verticle alignment.

I wouldn't recommend trying any derby skills before you get some first hand instruction. Stopping methods are good to practice, but don't try falls, etc. without some instruction.

See if your local league has newbie practices or open skate nights where you can mingle with skaters and learn from them. THis will make your independent practice more rewarding.

Work on your endurance. This is always helpful!
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Old May 1st, 2007, 03:33 AM   #6
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Hi StPaul-Burunx,
Sorry I made a mistake it's that other bigger twin city.
That Prarie Companion of St Paul, MN

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Hello,

Saw my 1st bout this year and was hooked. Bought my skates and protective gear and am ready to start skating outdoors. I skated as a kid and bladed some as an adult, but I want to start fresh for possible derby tryouts. Any suggestions with posture, tips, etc. before I strap 'em on so I won't have to unlearn any bad habits?

Thanks!!!
Long term The Derby gals on this list will give you better practical advice than me.

The only thing I want to add is for you to find an indoor skating rink someplace close to you so you ready for an indoor track.

http://www.stpaulfsc.org/skatestpaulhome.htm

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