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* Training Information - Sessions, Venues, Etiquette etc *

 
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Rick



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2004 2:08 pm    Subject: * Training Information - Sessions, Venues, Etiquette etc * Reply with quote

Updated for 2014/2015
Training Times

Autumn / Winter
- Wednesday 19:00-20:00 - Mike's Long Slow Skate @ Hyde Park (outdoor - free to LSST and ESS)
- Saturday 09:00-10:30 - Battersea Sports Centre (indoor - fee charged) - dates here
- Sunday morning 10:00-12:00 - Tatem Park (outdoor - free)

Spring / Summer
- Saturday 09:00-10:30 - Battersea Sports Centre (indoor - fee charged) - dates here
- Sunday morning 10:00-12:00 - Tatem Park (outdoor - free)
- Tuesday evenings 19:00-Dusk - Tatem Park (outdoor - free)

All planned sessions, including status calls, are posted on our training forum board - they are usually announced midweek.
Sessions are subject to coaching availability, with outdoor sessions also subject to weather conditions.


Training Locations

Tatem Park (Outdoor)
- Located 100 yards north-west from the Great Cambridge Roundabout, at the intersection of the A406 (North Circular) and the A10. Main entrance is on Hedge Lane, nearest postcode N13 5DB (parking is free outside) - see here for more transport details
- 227m banked oval where many FISS events are held each year.
- If you want to have a crack at short track racing this is the place to train.
- Facilities toilets and a shelter plus a few seats. Playgound for kids not into skating if you want to bring the family along.
- No food and drink available so bring your own.
Type of training: Track race practice. Paceline racing (drafting) aerobic and fat burning and relay practice. Coach led.

Battersea Park Sports Centre (Indoor)
- Located near Clapham Junction train station.
- See here for more venue details
- Indoor sports hall with full changing facilities
Type of training: Technique based and strength building. Coach led.


Other informal training sessions

- Club members may organise unofficial training sessions via the forum or Facebook
- Typical sessions may be in Richmond Park, Hyde Park, Victoria Park or Battersea Park; held either weekday evenings or weekends.
- Many of our club members also do other forms of cross-training, e.g. cycling and running. †If you're interested in any of this, make yourself known on the forum of Facebook
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ed!
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Location: E R, London

PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 4:28 pm    Subject: Reply with quote

What gets covered in training?
To give you an idea of what training we do over the course of the year, our approach is broadly split across two parts of the year:

1. Autumn / Winter Training - October to March
Back to basics! †Time to think about goals for next year and start working on areas that will help you achieve them
- Technique work: skating posture, edge control, pushes, cross overs, core engagement and stability, etc
- Endurance work: steady speed skating at increased endurances to build a base level of fitness and stamina
- Off skates: we live in London; dry days are far and few between. †Off skate sessions designed to compliment skating muscles - plyometrics, sideboard etc
- Cross-training: running, cycling, swimming, football - anything to keep up general fitness. †Cycling in particular is good for skating.
- Fun: To maintain interest in skating, it's important to keep it fun.


2. Spring / Summer Training - March to September
All that slaving away over winter, building up skating mileage and hours honing in on your technique, it's now time to start gearing up for the race events you had lined up
- Become more focussed on those event-based goals you've set yourself
- Build on the endurance / technique work done over winter and start looking at increasing speed
- If you are looking at entering a few race events, look at drills to help simulate race conditions: pacelines, accelerations, skating in the rain!
- Strategy: how to prepare for an event, performing in an event, learning from an event
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2015 4:04 pm    Subject: Reply with quote

Can I attend your training sessions?

We are predominantly an adult oriented club, with training sessions targeted towards those that:
- Already have experience with speed skating, and/or
- Are at an intermediate level with their skating, where they have the necessary base skills to pick up the speed skating element quite quickly.

One way that we try to define "intermediate", is to say that if you have can comfortably complete a Wednesday / Friday Night street skate, then you'd have the appropriate base.
This is because there are elements from these street skates that you can expect to experience with speed skating: skating close to others; skating at varied speeds and intensities; being able to control your speed and direction on skates; skating for prolonged periods of time.

Unfortunately, we don't have the infrastructure in place to teach / coach those new to skating.

If you are not sure whether or not the session / club are appropriate for you, or if you would like some advice on how to progress your skating, please get in touch and we can try and advise you further

If after attending our sessions, you would like to continue doing so, we would ask that you join the club


Alternatives to the LondonSkaters Speed Team

http://www.easysaturdayskate.com
Great group skate for beginners, or those looking to socialise with likeminded skaters. †A weekly Saturday morning skate within Battersea park.
Suitable for: Beginner skaters

http://www.londonskate.com
Home of the "Wednesday Night Skate".
Another marshaled weekly street skate around London, held in the spring and summer months.
Suitable for: Intermediate to advance skaters

http://www.lfns.co.uk
Home of the "London Friday Night Skate", and also the "Sunday Stroll".
Weekly marshaled street skates around London, held all year round.
Suitable for: Beginner-Intermediate skaters (Sunday Stroll) | Intermediate to advance skaters (London Friday Night Skate)


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 3:01 pm    Subject: Reply with quote

Training Etiquette

Important rules

- Training sessions are for club members
- Non-club members are welcome to join in with our training sessions, but please contact us beforehand for more details, and to ensure you get the most out of the session
- If you are looking for skate lessons, we recommend Mike (one of our coaches) at http://www.londonskaters.com
- Helmets are mandatory (all other protection is optional)


General rules

- Be on Time !
- Bring a drink
- Help the coach to sweep the track/hall before the session.
- Don't talk while the coach is giving instruction or information.
- Do not use earphones at training sessions


Equipment

- Don't forget your Helmet (good fit is better)
- Skates : Ensure they are in working order, wheels, †frames
- Dress appropriately (stretch material, avoid Jeans)
Indoor training specific tips:
- To get maximum grip, use brand new wheels, or at a minimum, ensure they are worn evenly...it will make indoor skating much easier and less prone to slipping
- If possible, remove your heel brake. †This will help you perform some of the drills, and we should be in an environment where you can roll to a stop


Facilities

- Leave the venues as you find them
- Always use the toilets available at the venue


On the Track

- Be considerate of other Skaters; when overtaking leave enough room
- Donít turn training into racing, listen to the coach
- Set an example for other skaters
- Stay positive !
- No spitting or snobbers
- Skate in a straight line, indicate every time you change directions, skate at the bottom of the track unless overtaking or instructed otherwise.
- Understand the rotation in the pack
- Let the coach know if you need to leave the track, or if you need to leave the session early.
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