[i]Originally posted by scarter[/i]
Question: I have found after a week of work and filming that the reason that my times have been slow and I look fast to everyone else is that I speedskate a lot of the times. Look at the front angle of my start to see what I'm talking about.
I looked and am still not exactly sure what you're referring to unless you're talking about your foot contacts being out to the side rather than underneath your body.
Am I shooting for straightline running all the way, from first step out of the start to finish?
No, if you begin in a lateral stance, the change needs to be gradual and progressive. Having said that, there is an obvious advantage to getting to straight ahead running mechanics as soon as possible as long as the progression it takes to get there is not so drastic that it has negative effects. Remember, radical changes have radical effects….and they usually aren't good.
Also I still don't understand the "gaze" that you speak of, Mike. I do that to run, then turn, not turn, then run– my initial problem.
The gaze I'm referring to is the direction your EYES are pointed. While this is often the same as the direction your HEAD is pointed, it doesn't have to be. As such, what I was trying to say was that you could spend less time with your head turned to the side (which is bad for fast running) if you did more of the "looking" with your eyes rather than by turning your head.