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Video Critique: Wake-Up Call!



As the date of the Northshore Inline Marathon approaches fast, I know that fixing my form becomes more important than improving my fitness. Analyzing video of myself skating at speed is an effective and eye-opening way to improve my skating, and you can do the same. To capture video I put a mini-tripod on my camera and stuff it inside the jersey pocket of my pacer. The camera peeks out but the tripod legs keep it nice and secure. When the pace picks up, all of my problems glare back at me. They come to the fore and get magnified.

Recently, I filmed myself and wasn’t happy with what I saw. Basically, I could see that I am not skating symmetrically, and this affects my ability to produce raw, top-end speed. A look in slow motion revealed my flaws. The asymmetry of my set-down is pronounced.

After landing with my body weight on the left leg, I saw that I am standing nearly vertically! This is unacceptable if I ever hope to do a double push. In contrast, I am well-angled on the right with decent outside edge. I can see diagonal line leading from my skate wheels all the way up through to my hip. This makes it physiologically easy and unstressful
to apply an underpush. I need to get more hip into my right push so my left landing improves.

Part of my problem is not recovering my left knee adequately. By physically touching my left knee to the right and delaying separation as I push off the right skate, I can correct this, but I will need to think about it constantly so it turns into muscle memory. Since I tend to throw my body over my left skate to compensate for this imbalance, correcting this will not only make me faster and more efficient, but my back will be less tired and sore over the long haul as well!