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Brian Baggetta
10-23-2009, 10:28 AM
At least for those of us in the NE, does anyone have thoughts on the efficacy of speed (ice) skating as a seasonal replacement for outdoor track work?

I see two benefits: (1) you don't have to be outside in the cold; and (2) easier on the joints. What do you think?

Mike ODonnell
10-23-2009, 11:15 AM
At least for those of us in the NE, does anyone have thoughts on the efficacy of speed (ice) skating as a seasonal replacement for outdoor track work?

I see two benefits: (1) you don't have to be outside in the cold; and (2) easier on the joints. What do you think?

As a hockey player since I was a young lad....I love skating. (then again...I keep to indoor rinks nowadays but remember the days of freezing my toes off skating on lakes outside in New England)

Doing sprints up and back form goal line to blue lines will make anyone puke if you do enough of them.

Aaron Austin
10-23-2009, 12:54 PM
http://media.olympic.ca/files/photos/11208-wotherspoonjeremy09-v6_jpg_427x1200_upscale_q85.jpg

Looks like skating works. :)

I think as long as you are a technically proficient skater using to stay active shouldn't be an issue. However, traditionally the crossover is track cycling to speed skating. I don't know how much sport specific carry over there is to outdoor track.

Aaron

Brian Baggetta
10-23-2009, 01:44 PM
http://media.olympic.ca/files/photos/11208-wotherspoonjeremy09-v6_jpg_427x1200_upscale_q85.jpg

Looks like skating works. :)

I think as long as you are a technically proficient skater using to stay active shouldn't be an issue. However, traditionally the crossover is track cycling to speed skating. I don't know how much sport specific carry over there is to outdoor track.

Aaron


To clarify slightly, I would only be using skating as a stimulus replacement, not as something to attempt to help w/track. So I guess my question is whether folks think skate sprinting provides/encourages a similar neurophysical response to track sprinting.

Steven Low
10-23-2009, 03:27 PM
It's not as good, but it's fine. IMO.

Might not be a big carryover from one to either since the technique is a bit different.