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