Zen and the Art of Speedskating

September 19, 2007

September Determination

Filed under: from home — andrew @ 9:54 am

Waiting to go on the ice are the skates of the national team sprinters, allarounders, a Japanese University Team, & the oval’s F.A.S.T. team.

This picture was shot during a mid-session resurface. I think many are unconsciously holding their skates this way because their legs hurt, and straightening them fully helps.

Late September is the hardest training time of the year; it’s when speed meets volume for elite athletes, and it’s a make or break month for some. I love it and dread it.

The sprinters especially had a horridly hard day-

Here is Tyler Goff, Nick Pearson, and Mike Stein. You can see something in how far back their hips are & the curl of their back in this photo that I have a very hard time doing properly.

Extention & form! even when it’s the end of the day, your legs are a burning mass of jello, and what keeps you upright is determination + years of hard-earned fitness, as shown here by Kreg Greer, Matt Plummer, and Mike Blumel.

When it’s a world cup race, or national championship time in December, this is when the efforts of September will bear fruit.

10 Comments »

  1. National Championships in Denver? Will you be in our neck of the woods, Andrew?

    Comment by Beth — September 19, 2007 @ 5:07 pm

  2. Umm, right. That was “December”, not “Denver”. I think I will hibernate now.

    Comment by Beth — September 19, 2007 @ 5:08 pm

  3. I met you, Andrew, at the oval about a month ago. I don’t know if I told you, but I definitely prefer LT to ST. Now is when I can’t stop thinking about skating Long Track, because the Sort Track season hasn’t started yet, and there is no skating.

    I am trying to keep myself calm, give me a chance…

    I want long track. Now. Give me long track. Now

    I sound like the person I just auditioned for in the musical “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”

    I apologize.

    Comment by Ian — September 19, 2007 @ 5:48 pm

  4. Thx for this post!! It makes me feel MUCH better about having XC workouts followed by speed skating workouts every day….now that I know training hard in September is everyones secret ill wear a smile at that second practice :)

    Comment by Liz — September 19, 2007 @ 6:17 pm

  5. Ian,
    All long trackers do a lot of short track in the spring and summer to condition themselves for the corners. So, do not despair, doing a lot of short track now will make your LT experience in the future a happier one.

    Eric.

    Comment by Eric Kraan — September 19, 2007 @ 7:48 pm

  6. liz,

    smiling definately makes 2 a days easier… (and not just for the smiling athlete!), I also like the pot of coffee or red bull… it also helps with workout #2..

    Ian,

    yes, I understand, I was a New Yorker for a long time, and I used to continually check the Lake Placid ORDA CAM looking for that glorious December day when that concrete oval would be covered in beautiful ice..

    one time I started spontaneously celebrating when I saw ice on the oval, brilliant in the morning sun on this webcam,

    everyone in the cubicle-based office I was in then came over to see what I was so happy about..

    needless to say, we are quite spoiled in Salt Lake right now..

    Comment by andrew — September 19, 2007 @ 8:42 pm

  7. so early in the season that hasn’t yet started
    so well dressed to skate - was this an official training or do you guys always do your laps in these neat uniforms…
    the price of determination? great photoos - instructive too btw.
    where are the sprintsters and allrounders…
    enjoy

    Comment by skeelermore — September 21, 2007 @ 1:21 am

  8. now you have to do a nice report on how the time trials were.

    Comment by Bri — September 22, 2007 @ 10:17 pm

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