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Discussion: I like your xc ski lesson l...

in: Carbon's Offset; Carbon's Offset > 2017-01-18

Jan 20, 2017 9:55 PM # 
little fish:
I like your xc ski lesson logs that I feel like I'm getting lessons just by reading :).
Jan 21, 2017 8:48 PM # 
Carbon's Offset:
Feel free to steal free tips although some of it is specific to my weaknesses, and some of them may not be described well.
Jan 24, 2017 8:39 PM # 
If you are currently always fast with poling then certainly practice slowing down but keep in mind that the length of the follow through is dependent on situation. Most of your power comes in the first abdominal crunch. Follow through doesn't add much power. If you are moving fast on flatter or slightly downhill terrain then full extension is fine and does allow you to relax and perhaps better set up for the next cycle. Sprint technique or going uphills (these days a lot of races are all double poling all the time) you often finish short and maintain turnover rather than length.
Jan 24, 2017 9:21 PM # 
Carbon's Offset:
Thanks for the tips and video - I will check it out.
Jan 24, 2017 10:19 PM # 
On further reading it seems alot of people are moving away from the ab crunch term. I never really felt like it was a real crunch myself so it could be a little confusing - the idea of initial strong impulse/plank/tightening of the core makes more sense.
Jan 25, 2017 2:42 AM # 
Interesting - that does describe the feeling much better.
Jan 25, 2017 3:28 AM # 
I find that during races I often fall into certain patterns when I'm getting tired. Double poling is a default for sure as it requires less balance, but during the race I actually found myself gaining on people when I concentrated on maintaining diagonal stride. My legs are way faster than my upper body! :)
Jan 25, 2017 4:49 AM # 
Carbon's Offset:
Interesting, I noticed that too and was wondering if I was strange. My diagonal stride would gain on people when my step - double pole would just hold their pace. Not what I expected.
Jan 26, 2017 12:26 AM # 
That is interesting - I'm the opposite as if I force myself to double pole I catch up to people. Being tall helps with double poling I think...
Jan 26, 2017 3:32 PM # 
Carbon's Offset:
Yes, double pole is fastest for me, but my step/kick-double-pole didn't have any advantage over diagonal stride in the race. Maybe my core and arms were getting a little tired but it didn't feel like that was the case.
Jan 26, 2017 3:33 PM # 
Carbon's Offset:
Being tall would help with striding too ;)

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