This week’s news:
- Upcoming Events
- Skater Safety
- Coaching Corner
- ST Ability Meet, Portage La Prairie (15 November) – they are still looking for help, if you have time go to the volunteer online portal (volunteersignup.org/FYPTR). If you want to cheer on Nicolas in his speed skating debut, be at the PCU Centre, 245 Royal Rd South in Portage La Prairie by 10:30. He is scheduled to race throughout the day – 400 meter heats and final (I’m confident he can do it), 200 meter pursuit, 1500 meter mass start, and he’ll be part of a team relay race.
- ST Ability Meet, Beauséjour (6 December) – I have included the registration form for this meet. The early bird registration deadline is Wednesday, November 25th.
- Don’t want to leave the house to cheer on Nicolas, but still want to see some skating, long track this time, then tune in to CBC Sports to watch the action at the Calgary Olympic Oval this weekend. You can find the World Cup broadcasting schedule here http://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/winter/speedskating/broadcast
- Equipment checklist for meet participation: http://www.mbspeedskating.org/uploads/2/0/8/0/20808702/d3-100_mssa.pdf
- Helmets: we have placed the order for the helmets, they should arrive in the city sometime next week. We will be in touch with you to let you know of the final cost.
You may have noticed the skaters doing a couple of drills and you’re not sure why we do them. Both the train relay (where one skaters pushes 2 skaters in front of him/her) and the obstacle course (where the skaters need to touch the tops of pylons) are meant to help them with their skating techniques. The basic glide position may look easy, but it’s tough on the legs, back and core muscles. You can tell when the skaters get tired because they start skating more in the upright position rather than the basic position. There are some simple exercises the skaters can do off the ice to train/strengthen those muscles: wall squats, balancing on one leg (either standing straight or in basic position) and doing the basic position without skaters will all help. As hard as basic position is on the muscles, it makes for a much more effective and longer stride so you use less energy propelling yourself forward.
Two lunges to try http://www.inlineplanet.com/09/12/lunges-for-skaters.html