Why I Love To Speed Skate!


Why I love to Speed Skate!

To push-off from the edge of the ice and glide is one of the payoffs.  Gripping the ice with the edge of the blade is a sharp contrast to gliding on the bottom.  The push is done with the edge by creating an angle with the ice.  The turns are a great example of this principle.  Technically correct body position is essential for efficient mechanics that create speed.

The sensation of gliding is like floating, suspended in time and space.  Intense focus is necessary at 35 miles per hour for our very survival.   Playing crack the whip as a youngster is much the same sensation of a high-speed turn.  With a string of children hand in hand, one at the center, the rest strung out like the spokes of a wheel, as the group spins, the last in line builds speed exponentially.  We let go of the line at max speed, seemingly faster than our legs  can carry us.  The feeling of being shot out of a cannon is the best way to describe it.

Entering the turn I plan and spot the setup 30 meters before.  Then the commitment, lean and pressure into the ice.  Crossover strokes building to the apex, max centrifugal force trying to push me to the outside of the track.  Slight hesitation in the crossover strokes during the middle of the turn to feel the forces of nature I am in concert with.  Legs feeling the pressure required, weight training paying off here.  Perfect body position essential to the mechanics of speed.  Max speed, crack the whip, and acceleration.  Maintaining crossover strokes to get the angle, pressure, the “shot out of the cannon” feel down the straight for the next 100 meters in 7 seconds.  Payoff for the courage to cut the ice with 1.1 milimeter blades.  Risk on the edge and trusting in my abilities.

Without protective glasses my eyes would not see through the wind created tears.  Eight straight away strokes and then the next turn.  Managing energy to get the most speed for the longest time and distance.  This is the payoff for what I do.

Motivated, driven, the resulting speed and all its attendant sensations.  The Zen of being one with the ice, my skates, myself.  The self-generated wind, smell of the ice, speed, pressure, on the edge, consequences, and results, internal and external, this is what skating is to me.

Masters World Sprints, Salt Lake City, March 2013

Masters World Sprints, Salt Lake City, March 2013

 

Finding A Voice In Our Actions


Lost your voice? Find it here.

We all have voices.  Some of us speak, some of us act.  Most people pay attention to what we do, rather than in what we say.  In some areas of our lives we are loud and other areas we have lost or given up our voices.

Striving for wholeness in life requires a voice.  At first, I thought it was important for you to hear me.  After a great deal of struggle, frustration and pain, it is more important for me to hear myself.

Actions speak very loudly.  Relationships are one example of my voice.  Skating and flying airplanes are two more.  What are yours?

When connecting with our passions, our souls speak with a voice that is loud and clear.  Reaffirming who we are, by speaking our truth, helps us be whole.  This is scary work, but worth every bit of effort.  Doing things because they are hard yields the best of us, thus remembering who we really are.  This is not so much about creating but about uncovering  and listening to our voices under the many layers. There is always more work to be done towards balance and wholeness.

You can move toward wholeness by acting on your passion, and being open to the messages that come your way, just for you and your voice.  courageous forward movement, go find it!

Waterfall, Inzell germany

Waterfall near, Inzell Germany