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Old November 2nd, 2016, 06:56 PM   #1
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Default Technique question please

I know everybody is asymmetrical to some degree but with that in mind; my left leg/foot "naturally" wants to set down a little bit more forward than my right, giving me less pavement to underpush/glide on the inside edge. Should I let it "fall" where it wants or (what I have been doing) consciously drop it down a bit earlier to create more symmetry between L & R? It's not a huge difference (?couple inches), I'm right dominant and if I don't make this little effort, I do feel that I'm on my right leg perhaps 1/2 second longer than on my left.
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Old November 2nd, 2016, 08:31 PM   #2
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I hesitate to write about technique - it really is something best instructed by a coach, but this might be straightforward.

Yes, you should try to be symmetrical. Is anyone perfectly symmetrical when they skate? No. but that ideally is the goal.

That being said, the most important thing is whether or not your are balanced. When you recover, if you stopped your stroke at the set down point, could you maintain the glide on one leg? If not, you are not balanced, and you won't be as fast as you could be.

If you are balanced throughout the entirety of your stroke (skate in super slow motion to test), and you don't have any pain associated with an unequal stroke, then carry on and just try to make each stroke as symmetrical as possible.
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Old November 3rd, 2016, 11:02 AM   #3
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When I have the biggest problems with asymmetry in stride length, it usually starts at the shoulders. As I get tired, I start to lean more of my weight to one side instead of fully moving it in each direction. I've seen in a few other skaters, too. So the solution may not be to drop your foot earlier, but to pay more attention to where your weight is centered during the stride.
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Old November 3rd, 2016, 02:56 PM   #4
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Default video of you

You really need to get a video so we can see what is really going on.
It may be a simple fix.
Surely you can find some one to get behind you with a iPhone.
Waiting anxiously...
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Old April 5th, 2017, 01:45 PM   #5
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Default skating asymetries

Check also Hips, always paralell to floor and perpendicular with direction of travel.
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