Here are some groups of things we can do at this time of the year to help us be a successful.
1. Weight training. Weight training is essential. This is my time for heavy weight training. A hard on ice speed skating session is like a hard weight workout. When we get on the ice in late summer and early fall I start phasing out my heaviest weight workouts.
2. Cardio training. This can take many forms. Running, cycling, swimming, cardio tennis, stairs, etc.
3. Slide board. We can do short track, but it not quite the same as long track. We can do slide board to stay in the skating position and concentrate on technique. We can do imitation skating (dryland). We can do cross over turn strokes up the side of a hill.
4. Inline skating. I personally do not inline. A lot of people do, and find it beneficial.
5. Yoga. Spending an hour or so each week doing yoga helps in so many ways.
6. Competition. In the past I have participated in other competitive events, running, triathlons, etc.
So here are my 12 ways I train without being on the ice.
What do you do to build your motor as well as help your technical expertise of skating? I would love to hear from you!
P.S. I am heading to Denver this week for 777 Captain school. I will have to be creative with my training. Being in Denver and home for a couple of days each week will be a challenge. I am looking forward to a new phase of my career at United.