October 31, 2013 at 4:54 pm #99832
I’ve been skiing with Salomon combi boots ever since I started skiing as a freshman in high school. I started out on a pair of old, yellow Salomon combi boots (I’m guessing from the late ’90s). I used these for roller skiing, training, and racing. Eventually, I broke the toe bar on these boots, and got some Salomon Pro Combi Pilot boots about two years ago. I’ve been roller skiing, training, and racing on these as well. They’re much stiffer than the old Salomon boots I used to use, but I’ve recently been having issues with them when skate roller skiing.
I consider myself to have above average balance, but I’ve been having issues with landing on a flat (left) ski and getting full weight transfer on my left side when skate roller skiing. Both of my feet pronate moderately, but I feel like my left boot almost forces me to superinate. I notice this somewhat when I’m just standing on the ground. When I flex the boot in my hands, it feels much sloppier than my right boot. I’m guessing this is because of inferior balance in my left ankle/foot, and continued poor form/technique/weight transfer. I try to have good weight transfer on both sides, but I can’t seem to achieve this on my left side because of the way my left boot, foot, and roller interact. I’ve tried tying the boot tighter and tightening the ankle strap, but this only slightly helps.
Is this simply a balance or technique issue, or would it be good to invest in a nicer pair of boots for skate roller skiing (buy a lower end skate boot, and use the combis for classic roller skiing)? Could this possibly be fixed with inserts, or should I just do lots of balance strengthening exercises? This issue has recently made skate roller skiing really frustrating and difficult. I’d like to fix it soon. I’m planning on talking to someone at a local XC Ski shop about this. In the meantime, any input would be great.
I recently bought some Alpina skate and classic boots that I’m planning on using solely for on-snow skiing and racing. I like the feel and fit of these boots much better (plus, the skate boots are way stiffer than my combi boots).
I know that roller skis are more challenging to balance on than snow skis, but I don’t recall having an issue like this in the past. I’ve been roller skiing a lot more recently (more than I ever have before in a training period), so I’m not sure why this issue is all of a sudden so inhibiting.
.November 1, 2013 at 8:41 am #99835
I think part of your problem could be the boots. If your rollerski boots are old they will start to deteriorate and lost their stability. Since you are already starting with a combi boot, which is less stable to being with, your boots will have less support in general not to mention what you lost from regular use. I used to rollerski in a low end pair of alpina skate boots which were ok, but when I switched to a higher end and thus stiffer boot I had a much easier time rollerskiing. Most good skiers I know race in boots for a season or two, then buy new snow boots and use their old racing boots to rollerski in. This way you are using a similar boot to rollerski in and one that has ample support.
I also think that perhaps your trouble may be related to technique. Ask your coach to help you, but based on your description it sounds like you are having trouble committing to one ski and riding it out. This is a combination of balance, comfort on skis, and the ability to get your hips and shoulders over the ski. If you can’t get over your ski correctly, then you end up “falling” across before you really can ride the ski making it feel like you can’t balance on that side.
.November 1, 2013 at 12:15 pm #99845
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