Sadie Maubet Bjornsen on route finding and efficiency
● Sharp tips! Literally, not having your tips slide is the single greatest solution to enjoying your rollerski and not getting elbow tendonitis. Investing in a diamond stone sharpener is well worth it.
● Paths are your friend. I prefer to ski on bike paths as opposed to the roads as much as I can. Decreasing the traffic threat makes it more enjoyable, and safer.
● Always wear bright clothing. It is hard to believe how much you camouflage without it! I always wear a bright shirt and a bright helmet.
● Try to maintain proper low body position. While rollerskiing can be intimidating, especially with pebbles all over the ground, I find that keeping a lower body position allows me to react to the terrain, and the potential trip ups a little better. This works with both skate and classic technique.
● Ski like you would ski on snow. With classic rollerskiing in particular, it is easy to rely on your wheel ratchet for kick, and pick up bad habits. When I find myself skiing poorly, I try to think about a few small cues. Firstly, glide. When I am skiing well in the winter, I am making time to glide on my skis. I try to search for the same glide on rollerskis. Secondly, keeping some "drop." The up and down motion I make on skis to set my wax pocket down can easily be replicated on rollerskis if you use a little visualization. Try to pretend you are unsure if you will get your kick. This change in cue ensures that I keep my winter technique all the way through the summer season.
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