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Old May 16th, 2018, 02:53 PM   #1
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Default Underpush - keeping the foot parallel

I have been wondering about this for a long time, and can't figure it out.
When I watch DP videos the pros manage to make the underpush long and parallel (i.e. in the direction of movement), which results in a relatively low cadence despite the speeds attained of 40+ kph. Now, when I work on my technique I am focusing on getting the proper lean on my underpush and on keeping the skates parallel to avoid too deep an arch and too much zig-zaking as a result. Yet I have big problems getting the latter right. I have experimented with my frame position, but still it does not cut it. It feels like I am anatomically not able to do the underpush and avoid too deep an arch/keep the skates parallel towards the direction I am travelling in.
Don't get me wrong, it's not dramatic and I don't skate lake a drunken sailor, yet it bugs me a lot.
How to work on it? How to improve?
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Old May 17th, 2018, 08:56 AM   #2
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Feels like I am performing a monologue, but I am still gonna dare it.

I've been wondering and reading about this question and on this forum I have come across a potentially important tip: frame length. Actually, I've been wondering about the technical/gear implications on the angle at which I place my skates. Can it thus be that:
1) The longer the frame is the slower it will navigate/ carve --> maybe my current frame at 12,8" is not necessarily best for me and a longer one could help me address the problem?
2) the wheel profile / use. At higher speeds I feel often that the underpush leg skates from under me far too rapidly. It may just be the sensation and I certainly need to get someone to film me, but may this be a factor here?

3) the closed/open position of the frame (closed = aft part more to the outside, open = aft part more to the inside; it's relative to the front of the frame) with a closed position of the frame supporting a more parallel glide on the underpush? However, here is a problem, as I have recently moved the aft part of the frame inwards by extra 2mm and feel like it's what I needed and what prevents my left leg/ankle from bending in on the push (while extended outwards), so going for a closed position would bring me back to the starting point.
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