I just got back from an hour of speed skating. Speed skating used to be my sport of choice until I switched to cycling 7 years ago. IMHO, it's great for cardio work but it used completely different muscles than cycling. I use it now when it's too cold to ride. It's easier on the knees running. I still enjoy skating but I prefer cycling much morelexington476 said:Anyone have any idea how doing indoor inline speed skating works on base miles?
Far less? I beg to differ. What else supports your weight? Not a seat or handlebars. I found that after three years of outdoor speedskating, I was able to have a tremendous leg-up when I started cycling. On local rides, it was not too difficult to work my way up to the faster ranks of cyclists. How do you think Connie Carpenter got her gold medal? Eric Heiden? True, these are gifted athletes, but what I'm saying is that the muscle groups used are VERY similar. I can ride a century (average 20 mph) and the impact is nothing like a fast 40 miler, averaging 15 mph.inline skating is far less demanding on one's legs.
I think you are referring to recreational inline skating (regular rollerblading), while the original poster was asking about inline speedskating - i.e., five wheel skates with a low cut boot. Rec skating is probably a weak method of training for biking, but speedskating is quite different. It will definitely help with getting in the base - although it is still cross-training, and thus of limited use. I used to do a lot of inline speedskating, and I found making the jump to road cycling pretty easy. I did all of my skating outdoors, with straightaways, turns in both directions, and hills to make me stronger. Skating indoors only, with lots of left-hand turns, few straightaways, and no hills, is likely to limit the benefits.RemingtonShowdown said:Not sure what you mean by "base" but inline skating is far less demanding on one's legs. (I used to work in a skate shop...) It won't do too much to help build muscle, it will keep your cardiovascular system well tuned as you can get a nice aerobic workout from it... Swimming is a better workout (not to mention the possibility of some eye candy...)
I'm more of an inline speedskater than a biker, over the winter primarily sticking to indoor. Salt and bearings that are 1" off the ground don't mix too well...lexington476 said:Anyone have any idea how doing indoor inline speed skating works on base miles?