Speed Skating 101

Let’s just say I have a great respect for the sport and the athletes that compete in Speed Skating!¬†WOAH!

Speed Skating 101

  • Listen to your instructor the whole time (he/she will give you lots of pointers)
  • It’s not like normal skating
  • Wear a helmet…any helmet will do
  • Speed skates are SHARP, long and uncomfortable
  • Don’t try it for the first time when little kids are around on a free skate
  • Don’t try cross-overs……bad idea
  • You better be ready to squat
  • Physical literacy skills are a must
  • There is a lot to think about and remember when speed skating; your feet sweep almost like the breast stroke in swimming, your right arm only rocks back and forth to propel you, don’t dig your toes in like normal skates etc.
Speed skating 101

Speed skating 101

I had the opportunity to try speed skating today during my lunch hour with people who I work with. One guy runs a newly formed speed skating club for kids and adults. I went with two of my co-workers who are open to trying anything and being active (daily).

We had a lot of fun, weaved in and out of the children skating, had sore feet, tried to keep our form and our legs were sore from squatting. It was a great workout!

Have you ever tried speed skating?

Would you try it?

Have you ever tried a new sport and have gained appreciation for those athletes who compete?