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Discussion: I feel your pain

in: Guisborough1; Guisborough1 > 2019-02-18

Feb 20, 2019 2:11 AM # 
iamstillhungry:
Sorry. I can see in your track where you hit the ground. It's not fun at all.
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Feb 20, 2019 3:26 AM # 
Guisborough1:
I got too comfortable and thought if I can do this then I'll try double poling......What a stupid F@@@ing idiot. I took a lesson in Placid and tried some of the drills. Lesson learnt. Stick to being crap! You don't get hurt as much. Although it's happened before.
Feb 20, 2019 8:38 PM # 
iamstillhungry:
You definitely want to be careful about how aggressive you are with new skills. My first year on the roller skis I really beat myself up in the beginning. It got to the point where I was anxious and nervous about going out. However, I had already signed up for a 50km race so I forced myself to keep at it. I eventually confined myself to a parking lot for 2-3 weeks just doing small strides, small circles, small zigs and zags until I got a bit more confident on the skis. My spills now are seldom and mostly just a loss of a bit of skin, which is much better than the body slams that were a regularity in the beginning.

Guys often ask me about it when I'm out on the trail. I generally conclude by saying, "I enjoy it, it's fun, but I don't recommend it. It's dangerous."

There, how's that for a pep talk.
Feb 21, 2019 5:37 AM # 
Guisborough1:
This is spot on. I'm actually annoyed I've had a lesson. Because.... I now know all the bad habits I have. The only way to get rid of them is to practice...but roller skiing is not the medium to try out new things. It's just there to keep/get in ski shape. Trying new things on roller skis is like graduating to Heroine after enjoying the 6 month to 2year old dose of Children's Benedryll. There's quite a difference in "kick" I've been informed.
It's the /km that impresses me. I stalk you and many others on here and I'm amazed at the /km you all reach yet if we run we're all on the same /km. I understand it's technique, but the speed/HR difference is insane. I'd be in zone 5 trying to go 4-5mins/km. I think you're in zone 2-3 for 2-3 hours.

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