Everything I know about skating…

….I learned from dualsporting. 😉

So far skating class has been going really well. I’m doing great with forward skating, two-foot glides, one-foot glides, snowplow stopping, forward swizzles, and even a little bit of hockey stops.

Forward skating is just like riding the XT225. Knees bent, head up, stay loose, and don’t worry about what the terrain is doing. Shoulders above the ankles. Trust your edges like you’d trust your tires.

The posture is even similar:

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(Yes, I realize I’m not on ice there. I’m just trying to illustrate a point here, people! Work with me!)

Backward skating is still alluding me a little bit. There’s just no riding simile for that (if you’re riding backwards, something has Gone Horribly Wrong). I managed to do one backwards swizzle at skating class last night; I’m going to public skate tonight to keep practicing.

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