DrylandTrainingRollerskiing Safety

FasterSkierApril 12, 2004

Today and the next week we will present a few articles covering safety, training and workout suggestions for those of you that are ready for specific training this spring.

The articles are presented by www.torbjornsport.com, the distributor of PRO-SKI rollerskis.

Safety on Rollerskis
The most important thing to remember when rollerskiing is to ski safely. There are inherent risks involved with rollerskiing, but you can do your best to minimize them. As similar as rollerskiing is to snow skiing, there is one glaring difference: asphalt and cars are nowhere near as forgiving as snow and other skiers. Because of this, you'll need to take some precautions:

When learning to rollerski, learn to snowplow and stop first.
Check your rollerskis before using them to make sure that the bindings are secure and that they work properly. Also inspect the wheels to make certain that they are firmly secured to the ski. The vibration created by skiing over rough surfaces for an extended period of time can loosen parts on a rollerski.
Don’t be so excited that you forget to watch for cars. When cars pass, pull as far over to the side as you can and either double pole (even if you are skating) or stop poling completely. Most skiers choose to ski on the right side of the road (with traffic), although there are others who prefer to ski facing traffic and step off to the side of the road when cars or trucks pass. Since there is no set rule, do what makes you more comfortable. However if you are skating, always double-pole when a car or truck passes–regardless of which side of the road you are on.

If you are in group, always ski single file.
Choose roads without a lot of traffic: bike paths, residential areas, back roads, etc. Don't be afraid to find one good section of road and go back and forth. Repeats can be a great workout. Since the carbide roller ferrule pole tip needs to sink into the road's surface for effective poling, rollerskiing is largely limited to asphalt surfaces. Any road with relatively smooth pavement and little traffic can be used, and bike paths also make for excellent training routes. You'll want to make sure that the roads you ski on do not have steep downhills, or intersections requiring you to stop at the bottom of the hills.

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