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Anyone here inline or ice speedskate?(8 posts)

Anyone here inline or ice speedskate?Fez
Jan 4, 2003 10:34 AM
Eric Heiden was not too shabby of a bike racer after winning Olympic Gold.

Was wondering if any on this board came from speedskating.
re: Anyone here inline or ice speedskate?Dave Hickey
Jan 4, 2003 3:56 PM
I did. I've done many inline speed events. Since I started cycling 5 years ago, I skate maybe once a month.
re: Anyone here inline or ice speedskate?Fez
Jan 4, 2003 8:11 PM
Where did you skate? Which events?

You find the workout to be the same? I don't, but maybe its the terrain or the lack of gears.
re: Anyone here inline or ice speedskate?Dave Hickey
Jan 5, 2003 5:55 AM
I'm in the Dallas area. I don't race inline anymore. When I did, I'd train indoors at a rink as well as 3-4 days outdoors. Skating outdoors required getting up real early and getting on the roads before traffic picked up. The largest inline event is the Athens to Atlanta. You have a choice of 35 or 82 miles.
re: Anyone here inline or ice speedskate?Fez
Jan 5, 2003 8:20 AM
The indoor inline rink is far away - never skated indoors.

I have never skated on roads here in the DC area - too many unknowns. I can only skate in closed parks or uncongested trails, but I'd rather be on my bike anyway - a lot more freedom. The only time I have ever skated on roads was during Athens to Atlanta.
re: Anyone here inline or ice speedskate?hrv
Jan 4, 2003 8:55 PM
Learned to speed skate in Prospect Park, N.Y. Then moved to Madison, WI and skated on same frozen pond Eric skated on as a kid. This sport was my first introduction to a paceline. Did some citizen races, not very serious.

Every so often, I think about taking up in-line speed skating, but the physical agony I suffer from bike training/racing is more than I can bear already! But I will forever have imprinted in my mind the image of great speedskaters gliding from skate to skate; in my mind, there is no greater combination of athleticism and finesse.

Prospect ParkFez
Jan 4, 2003 9:02 PM
Prospect Park is scene of some pretty good speedskate races in the summer.

The biggie is the 100K - that's lots of damn laps! And it isn't exactly flat either.
Ice speedskatingStampertje
Jan 6, 2003 4:01 AM
But of course, I'm Dutch. Most skaters do a lot of endurance work on the road in summer, and quite a few have had nice results on the track especially. Endurance, core strength and quads/glutes are very important in both sports. Most skaters are to heavy to make it in the mountains, though.

Chris Witty has three Olympic medals (gold 1000m in SLC) in speedskating and finished 5th in the 500m on the track in the last Summer games.