Skating Down Steps (fail) + Tips

So after the burst of skating confidence during the jumping skating session (my last post!), my friend and I decided it would be a great idea to try to skate down some steps. We had seen it done by a lot of the advanced skaters at BladeSoc sessions and we had watched a few YouTube video tutorials, so why not? Here’s the video of my second attempt (failed both times):

I posted this video to my Facebook page too, to see what other fellow skaters thought about it. The feedback received was great and here are the main points the experienced skaters suggested:

  • Do more lemons (to strengthen leg muscles so they are able to hold the position on the landing rather than collapsing)
  • Do it backwards (it’s easier apparently, as you are leaning over your toes to give you more balance)
  • A little more speed required (skating stairs can’t be done slowly!)

Since then I have been practising lemons whenever I can to strengthen my leg muscles. With a normal lemon, you bend your knees on the push-out of legs and straighten legs with the pull-in of legs- however it was also recommended for extra strength building to do both parts of the lemon with straight legs. You definitely feel the burn doing it this way, so I recommend this technique too!

So this is my quick start post about skating down steps, and I will be sure to do a future update post when I am able to skate down the 2 steps (and any more that I can brave)!

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Skating around UoN Jubilee Campus

So, often when I go skating around Jubilee campus, I end up doing a lap or two for a warm up for roller games after a break at BladeSoc, between practising slalom, or just for fun! I downloaded a new app today called Runkeeper to test its distance, speed and GPS route storing and to document the laps around Jubilee (short and long).

Long route both
Here are the screen captures taken from the app Runkeeper for the long route.  On the left, it shows the route on the map, as well as the duration, distance and average speed. On the right is the speed and elevation graphs for the duration of the route.
Short route both
Here are the short routes taken from the app Runkeeper. As you can see, the app is a bit glitchy and doesn’t accurately map the route, but it’s close enough.

So from the app, you can see that the short route is around 1 mile long, with the longer route being (shockingly longer) ~1.3 miles. Towards the end of each route, the road surface gets quite uneven and annoying to skate on, but the majority of the route beforehand is really smooth and relatively flat. To get a better feel of the route for anyone who wants to skate it, I’m going to post photos below with text commentary and route lines! Follow the red line for the “long route” and the green line for the “short route”.

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Start the the top of the hill just outside of the carpark near to the YANG Fujia Building. Roll down the hill and start skating towards the tennis courts!
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This is the first divergence of the two routes! For the green route, take a right before the path leading to the tennis courts and follow the road around. Now this is a road with parking spaces, so watch out for vehicles moving/ parking. For the red route, take the second right onto the footpath leading past the tennis courts. Follow the path around to the right (don’t exit the campus!) and continue to follow the path with grass on either side. As this is a footpath, be careful of pedestrians.
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The routes now merge together again! Watch out for the metal bollard and take the path to the right.
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From here, the route is pretty smooth. Continue along the front of this conference centre building. Be careful of pedestrians exiting the building doors and be prepared to slow down as there is a sharp left next up!
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Here is the sharp left mentioned before! Continue following the path straight on (it will be straight on for a while now).
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Follow the path straight on. Once again, this is a pedestrian path so watch out for those walking!
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The floor tiles in the middle of this photo are a bit uneven and wobbly, so watch your footing here.
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Skating straight on along the building frontages. Watching out for the concrete bollard!
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Follow the path veering left. Watch out for happy couples/ pedestrians! (Even though the route lines say otherwise!)
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Another divergence of the route! For the red route, follow the path alongside Melton Hall and turn right at the top of the slight incline. Follow this path around (it’s a bit uneven here from now on) and turn right again when you reach the road again and follow the road down to the roundabout. For the green route, follow the path veering right and at the top of the slight incline at the roundabout, turn right and skate on.
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Here is the view at the roundabout. Watch out for vehicles entering the campus and of course give way at the roundabout (or wait on the footpath until the cars have gone). Follow the road straight on once past the roundabout.
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View from the roundabout. Continue straight! The road surface is quite rough here so watch your footing. There are also speed bumps along the road, so you can either skate around them or roll over them (bend your knees and scissor a lot and you should be fine).
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Here you could continue straight, though the routes say to turn left and then turning right again as the road surface is nicer this way. This is normally a bus stopping place, so watch out for buses that may be there, and remember to check up and down the road before exiting and continuing.
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Continue straight! If the road is too rocky, skating on the pavement is much smoother!
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And we are back to the starting point! Laps finished!

I hope those pictures help with demonstrating the lap routes. Here are the aerial map views of both routes (“long” red and “short” green) for those who prefer a circuit view, with the green and red filled circle representing the starting point:

Jubilee map long Jubilee map short

Of course there are shorter routes you could do from looking at the above maps, so feel free to experiment!