2 October 2013 One Hundred and Twenty Five
Sk8skool have tested Powerslide's 3x125mm set up for about 14 days, 4
different people (women, men, senior, junior, master, with over 60 years
combined experience on skates). We’ve tested on road, road circuit,
parabolic track and even indoor! All we know is that it feels GREAT! But
it's only our opinion; maybe others will have different experiences when
they try it. Here's what we thought after discussing it together...
We all agreed they have more free roll than 110's... We were all smiling
like "10 year old kids at Christmas" the whole time.
Overall deck height (110's) = 50mm (deck height) + 55mm (radius) = 105mm
Overall deck height (125's) = 48.5mm (deck height) + 62.5mm (radius) =
Therefore, 125's are 6mm higher than most 110 set ups. (I
should explain that if you are already skating on Powerslide’s Carbon
Frame then the 125 set up is only 2mm higher than what you're on right
now... And this is where Powerslide's own stats and comparisons
extra height can be felt. All that tested it said it was a bit more
'wobbly'. However, if we made stability training a bigger part of our
training program each week we can probably develop strength/stability
enough to be completely comfortable on them.
One thing that I did notice, they became a little more stable at higher
speeds (due to the gyroscopic effect of the larger wheel, maybe?). But I
haven't tested the stability when I'm on my limit and dead tired like at
the end of a race. And that's
where it counts, right? ... Could be interesting.
When converting from 110 to 125, it's similar to the conversion we all
went through from 80mm to 110. You'll need to learn a longer stride, a
effective weight transfer, more stability and greater capacity to "hold
the position", the technique, in some respects, becoming more a kin to
long track ice.
Acceleration: We couldn’t
feel any real difference in accelerations. It accelerates fine, maybe
that’s because you only have to get 3 wheels moving, not 4.
Weight: Powerslides prototype frame + 3x125 weighs 870g.
Luigino frame + 4x110 weighs 920g. So it’s 50g
lighter. This of course could vary depending on the manufacturer and
which frame you compare with.
The frame is 7mm shorter than 110's (axle centres). Overall length is
as 110's (wheel tip to wheel tip). In the corners it felt just like
normal to make crossovers.
It was difficult
to judge the amount of grip compared to 4x110's because the wheels we
had were a little used and worn. I think with new wheels the grip is
about the same. (Especially on tracks covered with urethane/coating. If
the track is slippy then it may be an issue, but I cannot be sure of
this.) When I tested them indoor it seemed pretty good. Good grip
despite the worn wheels used outdoor. When I tested on parabolic
track, they felt really great, highly manoeuvrable (because the 3 wheel
set up turns easily, and the whole set up is lighter). I really felt at
on them on track. I didn’t want to go take my skates off.
One thing I noticed is that due to the shorter frame length and only
having 3 wheels, the grip is quite sensitive to having your body weight
centred perfectly over the centre wheel. If you lean a little too far
forward then the front wheel becomes loaded and it tended to slip
earlier, or too far back the back wheel becomes loaded and breaks loose
earlier. However this could possibly be because I am very tall (6'6" -
1.98m) and my foot, size 48, is nearly as long as the frame! ... Or it
could be because I need to get used to them. An unexpected advantage was
that I found I had much better 'foot speed' in the corners, when I
needed it, probably because of the reduced weight. This made
acceleration in a corner very good.
And for me the frame is too flexible, it could be stiffer without it
being too heavy. But I guess this is just a prototype. ... or a
carbon frame would be interesting...
even lighter! :-)
While testing these skates we've tried to be
trying to feel every little difference to try to give the reader the
experience of skating 125's. In the report above, I've tried to be very
specific about every small difference. But the reality is that most
people wouldn't notice these differences. After 20 minutes on the
parabolic track I was comfortable on them, I almost forgot I was on
125’s, except for the awesome speed and extra lightness. Give me one
month training on these skates and I'll be ready to race on them, and
I'll be faster than on 110's (even at the end of
a hard marathon or blistering points race). Give me 6 months, and plenty
of stability training and I'm in paradise on them. These are great
skates, fast, light and manoeuvrable.
I cannot predict the future. What I do know is that, in my humble
opinion, the decision
should be left to the individual skater. I hope the FIRS at least open
and moreover raise the limit of wheel size so that skaters can make
their own choice.
I'll leave you with this one thought... 50 years from now, are we still
gonna be skating on 110's? What about 100 years from now? Still 110’s? I
hope not. So let's change it now.
from some of the other
Cool to be able to test the 125's at home. A different, but positive,
experience. My first 'wow' with the 3 wheel set up is that it's
extremely easy to turn, which you may not
have expected because of the big wheels. After only 10 mins I'd got used
to how the skate reacts and then they were awesome to skate on. The
feeling of "cruising" has a whole new meaning. The skate was stable and
a feeling that the skate has a great interaction with the surface, without
"sticking". After 30mins I could feel that my ankles were getting a
little unstable, but it was only 48 hours after a hard Berlin marathon
a little tired legs. So overall an absolutely positive experience.
Finally it was my turn to test the newest development in inline
Speedskating equipment; the 3x125mm wheels! First of all I need to point
out just how WICKED they look! (or could it just be the
GIANT pink core that attracts my girly eye?) I mean, seriously, I’d almost
buy them just for the fact that they make such a
statement! BUT, I enjoy wining too, so they had to prove themselves in
speed as well to win me over from my current 4x110mm.
been much talk of the extra height of the frame, so I must admit I was
feeling rather anxious about
this particularly point, since I’ve just recently moved up in height
coming from high/low frames. Skating on them at first, I thought the
height WAS an issue, since I struggled to skate comfortably on the
outside edge (something I’ve only mastered in the last year, so God
forbid anything that comes in
my way of using my edges!) After a short while, I realized though, that
my struggling was due to the three wheels as opposed to four, which make
the skate more unpredictable, more playful, more FUN! This enables you
to use your
edges at lower speed than you otherwise would, which I thoroughly
enjoy.. more of that please! It does challenge me on higher speeds
though, but that’s a matter of working damn hard on top speed technique
– bring it on!
So, the height is no issue, neither are the three wheels, but what about
the SIZE of the wheels? First of all let me tell you, skating on 125mm
wheels you are no longer allowed to ever complain of rough asphalt,
holes or gravel; these wheels make any road feel as smooth as a baby’s
bottom! Not to mention the ROLE of the wheel!
Once you’re up to speed, these wheels make you go forever!
In doubt what my opinion is? That’s what I thought.. why bother hiding
my excitement, this construction is AWESOME! I’d honestly buy it in an
instant, and not because of the pink core, or the fact that they make my
great big feet look normal; I’d buy them because they’re simply a
pleasure to skate on!
Powerslide, you got yourself a customer!
quiz: Is it
it rolls faster. Is it lighter?
it's lighter. Is it less stable?
Yes, a little. Could you get used to it? Yes,
I think so with specific stability training. Does it corner well? Yes, surprisingly well! Does it grip like 4 wheels? Hard
to tell. (The wheels were a little used/worn) Is it a new technique?
Yes, a little. But not so much new in the corners. Can I race on
it? No, not at
sanctioned races. ... yet? Is it just for BIG people?
No, but you'll have to learn a longer stride and better weight transfer. Is it for
No. Is it for fitness skaters?
Probably not. Unless you want to do a lot of stability training. Good for 'starts' and sprints?
Yes. Lighter and shorter.
Food for thought:
3x120 would only be 1mm higher than 4x110. (with a slightly different
frame configuration). Wouldn't this offer the prefect solution? Lighter,
same length, same stability as 110's, but increased roll. ... just
21 September 2013 Super-Schmidt!
Over 300 skaters gathered on a brand new road today, the
new by-pass around Vig, Rute 21. It was a great day for the sport, yet
ANOTHER good skating race for Denmark!
Sk8skool started with 4 skaters; Klaus Hestkjær, Nick Volter, Thomas
Jensen and myself. (Lukas is sick). The race went exactly as planned
apart from one point where Philip Schmidt from VARK proved to be
Superman! I had attacked and attacked, (to make Philip tired, and keep
Klaus and Nick fresh) he had been chasing everything.
He looked tired, and so was I. Klaus attacked but couldn't shake the
young elite skater. In the final sprint Philips acceleration and top
speed was just too good for Klaus, who finished second. Nick followed
these two and finished a fantastic 3rd place, just a few seconds
behind. After I'd done my work for the team, I was completely done, so
I decided to rest a minute or two, and the next group caught me up.
Thomas was in this Group and we organised a lead-out, claiming 4th and
The route was fine. A fairly strong wind and some VERY long steep hills
really tested the pure power output of skaters racing today. Overall a
very successful day. Congratulations to Philip, today he was king of
Maria Carstensen of Ods. Rul Skating Club (and Sk8skool) managed to
claim 2nd place behind Petronela Kalisgan beating some much younger
elite skaters a long the way, and a lot of men. She was 11th overall and
2nd in the womens race. Congratulations to Maria, showing her
worlds medal winning form.
Well done to Ods. Rul and DGI for creating a great event.
September 2013 2 Superstars!
fantastic performance today Maria Carstensen and Klaus Hestkjær
BOTH got medals in highly competitive categories at Masters
Worlds. Maria, bronze, in the U50 women and Klaus, silver, in the
U40 men. Maria and Klaus have worked very hard for 5 and 3 years,
respectively, more consistently than any other masters in Denmark. They are
focussed athletes who have confidence enough to say “Yes, I have
a goal and I think I can do it”. And now they have both achieved
one of their BIG intermediate goals.
These are 2
athletes that FULLY deserved their medals. (Maria skated great and
actually deserved silver, except for a referee mistake - read the next
article later). There were no referee or organisation mistakes in
Klaus's race, he just skated great.
Congratulations to them both.
Maria (U50): ”Sikken en weekend.... Jeg kom, jeg
så, jeg sejrede... alt var klar og forberedelserne i top. Mit mål var at
følge den stærkeste modstander så langt som muligt, men at det skulle
blive hele vejen hjem havde jeg nok ikke turde håbe på... Hele løbet var
fantastisk, hver gang min nærmeste konkurrent angreb var jeg over hende
med det samme. Slap hende aldrig af syne... Da hun stak for alvor var
jeg lige i skøjten på hende og vi trak væk fra pakket på 4... Hun vandt
sprinten, men det var også fortjent... Hun troede hun var 1'er og jeg
troede jo så jeg var 2'er, men som typisk italiensk forvirring, blev vi
2'er og 3'er... Jeg ved vi var de stærkeste, og jeg personligt havde et
super løb, så mere tilfreds kan jeg ikke være...
Næste år... ”
Klaus (U40): “Perfect race.
I could see the winner, Vincent Esnault, made an attack on the 6th lap
so I moved after him and
went almost 2 laps with him (struggling to follow!) - The gap was big so
I hoped that it was enough!
After this he just skated slow and steady away from me, like a diesel
engine (deep RESPECT to that guy). Then I had to skate 2½ laps alone
(11km), to stay ahead of the chasing pack, to keep my second place.”
I have to say
thanks to 2 people;
Sutton Atkins and Sara Aagaard (coaches of Sk8skool) for being so
patient! And not least that they have shared so much knowledge -
behavior, tactics, technique, and the passion to train.
And my kids for letting me have this passion! :-) ”
Quite simply, I raced badly, lacked confidence (due to the terrible year
I’ve had, both privately, at work and in sport). 3 Germans and one
Italian got away, 2 Italians got away later, so it was a sprint for 7th
place. I won the pack sprint easily, even though the Italian sprinters
had just been following in the pack and resting. But it was little
consolation. This is my worst masters result ever. It’s sometimes hard to race
alone, against teams. What I can take from this is that I am skating
great. My top speed is awesome. (for my age) My endurance is much better
than last year. My technique is improving even at the age of 42. I just have to
believe it. Learn to trust myself again. So the process is working. But
the result is not satisfying.
September Thomas on Top!
has been working hard (and smart) the last 15 months in Sk8skool towards
his goals (to be a SPEEDSKATER), and now he is beginning to see the
"fruits of his labour". His transfer to Speedskater is nearly complete.
Steady progression all year has meant he has improved in ALL areas. His
test results are better, his technique has VISIBLY improved, his top
speed is developing and this weekend he proved that his 'race-craft' is
on the way up.
Thomas won the Matchmind half marathon in Odense.
More coming soon...
September 2013 Sk8skool wins CIC, 2 years in a row. Literally ALL the credit goes to Klaus Hestkjær and LukášBenedik. They
made it possible for Sk8skool to win again this year. They just attacked
and attacked, going on breakaway after breakaway so that our opponents
had to chase them. And they chased and chased for me, protecting me from
the wind, and making my accelerations easier. All I had to do was sit
quietly in the pack and follow. I could just relax for the first 32km. I
Thank you to Klaus and Lukáš.
We had planned
our strategy around some other skaters also. We expected 2 Italians to
race; they were on the list but didn’t show up. And as it turned out the
German skaters didn’t figure in the main pack quite as much as we
2 minutes after
the start, it rained... for about half an hour. We skated the whole race
on very wet slippy roads, but we were all on normal wheels (G13 mostly),
in some of the worst corners we had to slow down to 19km/h.
... and we
were still slipping and sliding across the road! Therefore the very slow
time of 1:21.
opponent, Jean-Stephane Sierra (World Champion Ak35), was immediately on
the attack. He made 3 big attacks in the first 20km, and it was the
Sk8skool team (Klaus and Lukas) that chased the gap each time. I was
just following in the pack, and so was Philip Schmidt (VARK) mostly, our
other main competitor.
In the second
half of the race Philip became more active, going on attacks, and then
counter-attacks came from Sierra. Every time the paced dropped, Klaus
or Lukas went on an attack forcing Sierra or Philip to chase the gap. I
sat quietly following, as per our plan. While Lukáš was on a breakaway a
few hundred meters ahead, Philip fell and Sierra crashed over him in one
of the roundabouts before the finish line. We waited for them, and then
continued the race.
The race became
hard, I could see Klaus and Lukáš were getting tired after 30km because
of all the attacking and chasing they had done for the team… but so was
Sierra and Philip. Then, with 10km to the finish I could feel that
Philip's and Sierra's accelerations and ‘pulls’ were not quite so strong
as before. (They had worked hard to chase Klaus and Lukáš) So then it
was my turn to attack. I was (relatively) fresh, I had done no work. So
I just gave it everything I had and went for home. I got a gap of 100m
quite easily. Then I just had to keep the tempo, and not fall in the
“ice slippy” conditions. Every corner was a danger.
I just kept the
pace as best I could for 10km and got home about 1 min ahead of the
pack. This was only possible thanks to the excellent team work by Klaus
and Lukáš. I skated the last 10km in 16:58min on wet roads on brand new
G13 wheels. The big surprise was that Klaus had enough energy to take
the ‘pack sprint’; so Sk8skool got top 2! Sierra was 3rd and
Lukáš finished 7th,
and won the 18-29 category. Maria Carstensen won her category (Ak40
women), and finished 4th overall for women. Thomas
finished 11th after crashing and catching the pack again.
Silas won his age group n the half-marathon, finishing 3rd overall! And
he's only 13 years old. A fantastic performance. Nick had problems with his foot/boot.
that CIC keeps growing each year. 700 skaters. 400 in the marathon. It’s
a real credit to the work of those who organize it. (I don’t know
everyone is involved, but Sune Jensen, Dorthe Olsen, VRK and others.)
August 2013 ”Super-VARK!”
A sunny morning (but windy)
and great organisation greeted 60ish skaters in Vallensbæk for their
annual marathon. It was clear to see this was going to be a great race
with VARK having many skaters including Philip Schmidt, Mikkel Højer,
Rasmus Mødekjær and Magnus Asping. Sk8skool had Klaus Hestkjær, Nick
Volter, Lukas Benedik, Thomas Jensen and myself (Sutton Atkins).
Maria Carstensen and Helle Fjord representing the women for Sk8skool. It was a very
friendly atmosphere before, during and after the race, with much respect
for each other’s strength. (It has to be mentioned that VARK’s strongest
3 skaters, Stefan, Nikolaj and Elena are away at Worlds right now… and
we are all watching them on the internet live feed every evening!
first 3 laps (9km) almost nothing happened, both teams kinda just
looking at each other, wondering how the other teams form is.
the race started for real, attack after attack came, stop-start racing.
Eventually Mikkel H broke free and got a gap, the Sk8skool team tried to
chase and just consolidated the situation. Mikkel skated strong, but
eventually we 4 team-worked got him back again. Then we waited for the
inevitable attack from Philip. He tried. We closed. Then Mikkel Ø took
his chance. VARK’s team didn’t chase, so eventually, we had to do it.
When we got him back again Philip launched a big one. Then he was gone.
4 laps to go. His lead grew up to 90s. A big gap.
laps to go Klaus buried himself, took the front and lead the last 2
laps. He pulled the whole pack for the last 8km of the race. We got
closer and closer to Philip, so that we could see him again. This was a
MASSIVE pull by Klaus. His tempo skating is just amazing. This effort he
gave to the team, gave Nick and myself the opportunity to recover a
little bit, and prepare for the final sprint finish. Rasmus, Mikkel Ø,
Mikkel H and Nick were lining up behind Klaus strong lead.
the finish, we could see Philip, but then Mikkel H attacked, a fast
acceleration and he had 10m on us, I responded and accelerated, it took
me 2 or 300m to get up to him, I could sense he was maybe a little
tired, (me too) but I decided to keep my speed rolling and go straight
past and go for home in the (small) hope I could maybe catch Philip. In
the finish Philip got there first, his lead down from 90 seconds to just
4! Then came the group, Mikkel H getting 3rd place just a
second behind me, and Nick was only 0.1sec behind Mikkel.
and Lukas had done amazing work for the team throughout the race.
Pulling hard, chasing down attacks and more… It has to be remembered
that in “REAL racing” it’s a team sport. Philip profited from work done
by Mikkel and others, I profited from the work that Klaus, Lukas and
Nick did. For this I say a BIG THANKYOU
to them. Team racing is just so cool, so interesting and tactical. Just
the best moment was a minute after the race was over. The top 7
finishers collapsed on the grass just 100m after the finish line, and
(after using a couple of minutes getting much needed oxygen) there
were handshakes, smiles, jokes and laughter. A great deal of mutual respect,
and a “hyggelig” atmosphere. Fantastic!
Congratulations to Philip, Mikkel and the VARK team, respect. A
great race, hard, much fun. We
appreciate the chance to race with you guys. And this has given our
Masters skaters great preparation to Masters Worlds in Italy in 3 weeks.
Carstensen (Sk8skool) was 2nd overall in the women's race and
won the masters women race easily. The masters men competition was 1st,
2nd and 3rd for Sk8skool. (Myself, Klaus and
Thomas). WELL DONE THOMAS!
And the senior men top 3 was Philip, Mikkel H and Nick V. See the full
weekend? Copenhagen Inline Challenge!
Another great race in Denmark!
think I might just lie on my sofa for the next 48 hours. #TotallyDeadWithASmileOnMyFace
17 August 2013
We didn't come for this
Victory - by
New Flying Lap Record - 2:41
New 12 Hour Record - 226 laps (416.5km)
None of the above was why we came to Varberg.
Actually, the reason we came to Varberg was pretty
boring. We came to Varberg because our latest test
results showed that we needed to work more on our
“Aerobic 3” zone in preparation for Worlds Masters
in 4 weeks. Marathons and track races are either AT
or Anaerobic zone... way too intense for what we
need to develop. So the 1.85km Circuit (intervals)
and skating mainly alone so that we could control
our own intensity with our pulse watches, was the
perfect way to continue our Ae3 development in a fun
and motivating way. ... see, I told you it was
So we set our pulse watch
alarms for Ae3 and off we went to Falkenberg
raceway; 2 men AK40, 1 AK30, 1 Junior A, 1 Junior B
and 1 woman AK40.
we actually got was a big surprise. The surprise was
what we got from this event other than results. We
got this fantastic team feeling, the team bonded and
worked together even more than before, even more
than in training. .... Why?
After 1 hour we could see we’d won the race. There
was still 1 hours to go, and no goal, and Little
motivation. After a 5 hours we worked out that even
though we had skated 3 hours in rain, we were on
time schedule to equal the 12 hour record. ...
So then we agreed that we should try to keep the
tempo for the next 7 hours, despite the increasingly
strong wind blowing down that damn hill which seemed
to get steeper and steeper as the evening came.
We knew we had to average 3:09/lap. AVERAGE. ...
For 7 hours. So we broke out the Red Bull and MnM’s,
and went for it.
The pressure came in the last hour when we could see
we needed 3:07 per lap. We kept going. The wind
dropped a little and most of our laps were between
2:54 and 3:06! BOOM! We did it. 226 laps, and a
great TEAM effort. The best moment was the big
group hug just a few seconds after finishing. I’m
proud to know these people. I’m proud to be their
friend. I will let my friends say it, because they
say it best:
big things happen when you least expect it!
And yesterday I have to say that I'm proud to have
experienced a big thing.
At a racetrack in Falkenberg Sweden there was a 12h
relay race, a race not for big prizes or money or
medals, but a rollerskating race against other
skaters for pride and to learn yourself and to break
your limits on a 1.86 km racetrack!
Sk8skool started in rainy
conditions with Lukáš, me in second, then Claus in
third, after 3 laps we had the lead and a gap. Then
we made a switch and Maria, Nick, and Sooty was in
charge. The first 3 hours was wet, and after 3:15
Sooty, Maria and Nick could start on dry wheels.
After 6 hours we could see that there were a
possibility to beat the track record, so why not go
What made it magic, was that after 6 hours of racing
we were able to race faster, as the rest of the
teams that went slower!
But I have to honest I was tired when we had 2 hours
left to go, but when I saw everybody fly around the
last corners I was just so scared to let the rest of
the team down, so I pulled my self up and raced all
I could. So we did 416km, 2 more laps than the
earlier record! Sooty made a new track record!
And we won with 10 laps to no. 2. So thanks to all
in Sk8skool for training as we do, with the
discipline and focus, and it just proves that the
RIGHT training works
We made it work...
31 July 2013 Further Frame Test
Further to the earlier article on
frame testing, I managed to get my hands on a “Luigino Pilot Fighter
2013”, thanks to
In a word, or two, “It’s awesome”. As soon as I switched form the
Powerslide Carbon frame to the Luigino I could feel a difference. The
big difference is 6mm. The Powerslide is 55mm front deck height, and
the Luigino is 49mm. (Most frames are a standard 50mm or 51mm) Just
that 6mm difference made my ankles feel more secure, thighs less tired
at the end of a hard workout.
So, what’s the
trade off? Or is it the perfect frame? Well, no, it’s not the perfect
frame. It weighs a little more than the carbon frames. But not much,
it’s light for an aluminum frame at just 208g. Is the “extra weight” a
problem? No. Personally I’m not willing to sacrifice the extra
stability just to save 58g. (I’d rather just eat a little less ice cream
to loose the 58g) Stability is vital for the larger muscles to be
allowed to do their job. Bottom line: Is
it stiff enough? Yes. Is it low enough? Yes, one of the lowest. Is it
light enough? Yes, one of the lightest aluminum. Is it rockered? No,
2 rumors I heard
recently; 1. Powerslide made the frame 55mm high so it fits on ALL boots
without the second wheel touching. There is possibly a new version of
the Powerslide Carbon coming in April 2014. 2. The EO carbon frame that
Yann Guyader is a prototype from before the EO frame went in to mass
production, so HIS EO frame is NOT rockered. The ones you can buy ARE
rockered. … Go figure. 2014 looks like
an exciting year for frames, if someone can get it right in carbon?
(Low, light, stiff, not rockered.) How hard can it be? But for now I am
very satisfied with the Luigino. (Just a word about styling, yes it
looks “different”. Ok… it’s ugly. But when you put wheels and a boot
on it, it looks significantly better. It’ll grow on you. Some of the
frames I’ve been considering and some I have tested, below:
4 x 110’s
Cado Dual Box 5
Maybe a little too dead?
Powerslide XXX 2
Luigino Pilot Fighter
Ticks all the boxes
Bont 3PF 7050
Cado Hi lo
Very low, very stiff
June 2013 Coach Claus
last 11 years Claus Hechmann (www.HechmannSport.dk)
has been helping Sk8skool's Head Coach (Sutton Atkins) with his
conditioning, especially the aerobic base conditioning. And since 2008
when Sk8skool started Claus has worked with most of the athletes through
testing and training programming, occasionally training with the team.
Now the relationship has grown to a higher level, Claus is responsible
for training programming, giving advice on training volume, intensity,
recovery training, and of course testing. (I test with Claus 6 times a
year, and Claus tests the rest of Sk8skool 3 - 4 times a year.) We have
enjoyed working with Claus and have had some fun times and some hard
training sessions too. We look forward to continue this great
relationship in the future.
10 June 2013
EM Masters 2013 – Dijon
The big story at
EM (from a Sk8skool perspective) was a 5th place for Maria Carstensen
(AK40). Maria has been steadily working her way up through the pack,
each year coming closer and closer to that illusive medal. She has only
been skating for 5 years, and with zero background in any kind of sport
prior to 2008, she has had to learn everything from scratch. Her
progression is relatively rapid, her dedication to training incredible,
and her attention to detail is very precise. 25 women started the race,
she followed the lead pack for 31km, then after 15 laps (and 15 times up
the hill) the pack was down to just 5 women, then the pack exploded with
a big attack from the Dutch skater who eventually won. Congratulations
to Maria on her Top 5 finish.
My own experience
form EM was a little weird. I had missed 20 hours of sleep that weak, I
felt sick, hadn’t eaten, and had slept lightly from 8pm to 3am. #HateJetLag
#LoveLA. So my plan was just to stay awake, follow the pack and see
what happened in the last 2km. There was a strong team of 5 French
skaters, a weaker team of 5 German skaters, and about 8 Italians who
were ‘loosely’ co-operating. I was on my own. (Racing on my own is kinda
boring, because it REALLY limits the tactical possibilities. If I go on
an attack, the French chase, because they have 5 men. So attacking is
suicide. However, I cannot actively chase down EVERY attack either;
because 5 French men attacking are gonna kill me off before half way.
So I just follow and hope. I would LOVE to have a team-mate to race
with… or 5!
About 100 skaters
started the race, the lead pack was down to 15 with 2 laps to go. 2
French skaters were 700m ahead, and the Italian Team nor the German Team
had the power or organisation to do anything about it. So we were
sprinting for Bronze.
The rules say the
lapboard must be turned over when the lead skater crosses the finish
line. This meant when WE got to the finish line it showed 1 lap to go
(even though there was 2 to go) because the leaders on a breakaway 700m
ahead had crossed the line. Everyone from “track skating” should know
this. And there were plenty of very experienced “90’s track skaters” in
the pack, including me. However, they all got excited and started
positioning themselves for the sprint finish (1 lap too early), even
though there was no bell ringing. I just followed them, trying not to
use too much energy or smiling too much. The speed went up, and everyone
started sprinting toward the line while I followed in about 7th
place just cruising. As we crossed the line, the lead skater put his
arms in the air because he thought he got bronze. Then the bell started
ringing. They were all dead. Acid filling their legs, and breathing
hard. I continued smiling and checked to see if anyone else had saved
themselves for the REAL last lap. Nope. Just me then. 100m after the
finish line, I could clearly hear shouts from the crowd/coaches/friends
in Italian, Spanish, French, English, Danish, etc. saying, “1 more lap,
1 more lap”. I positioned myself behind the lead French skater and we
did it all again. To cut a long story short, The French skater lead out
– not very fast, ‘cos he was dead – I followed, with 700m to go round
the final corner there was some accidental pushing and contact etc., I
realised I was 2m out in front kinda by accident so I decided to sprint
for the line. I won the bronze by 25m to the 4th place
Klaus had a great
EM also, in a very strong field he managed 8th place, only
being robbed of better by 2 things; 1. The judges allowing the pack to
draft the lead skater who was one lap ahead up to Klaus when he was 45m
clear and on a good breakaway only 4km from the finish (STRICTLY against
the rules), and secondly bad positioning in the sprint finish. But he
learnt a lot from this and he will use it well in VM in September which
is our main goal for this season. Well done Klaus. Klaus’s report about
his EM coming soon.
Now we go in to
the second phase of race season training, anaerobic intervals,
off-skate, plyo and sprint intervals. This is the hardest part of the
year (but at least it’s warm and dry!), and the most fun part of the
year. This is when we GET FAST!
See you out
p.s. The BIGGEST
Danish story of the day was Dorthe Olsen, from VRK in Copenhagen who
STORMED home to win the gold in the AK30 category. Dorthe actually
crashed early in the race, then just got up, caught the pack, then went
on a breakaway and won by nearly 2km! A fantastic performance, and
worthy of much respect and praise. Congratulations Dorthe.
June 2013 Double Trouble in LA
Whilst visiting LA, skating with So Cal Skaters and coaching our newest
member Chris Rojo, another skater asked if he could get some coaching.
We took an hour together, worked through some drills and spotted some
areas for improvement. mike has decided to join Sk8skool, our third
member in the USA. Mike has been skating almost 1 year, has never raced
(yet) but is burning to improve and kick some ass. THAT'S the kind of
attitude we like in Sk8skool, the will and drive to know what you want
and just GO FOR IT! We welcome Mike to our 'family'. :-)
22 May 2013 Frame test
Recently I've been testing various frames,
I thought my findings might be helpful.
Of course the opinions below are just my personal
opinion and feel about the various frames. Please remember, I’m
pretty tall and relatively heavy (1.98m and 90Kg), so if you are
small and light, or even average height/weight, then you may find
that the frames feel totally different. But anyway, maybe this can
help you make YOUR decision about some of the newest frames out
there… here goes:
Bont S-Frame 7 - 3 point
EO M2 Carbon
Powerslide Vi 1 Carbon
Height: 3 or 4 years ago,
height was the big issue. Not anymore. All the frames are almost equally
high (between 50 and 52mm). Not much difference.
Bottom line; if the frame is too high and you feel unstable, skate on a
Hi-Lo. Problem solved. (Or do more stability training…?)
Stiffness: Cadomotus is
stiffest, there’s almost NO flex even without wheels and axels in! It
takes a while to get used to and it does slow down your foot cadence in
accelerations unless you’re very powerful and skillful. But top speed is
easy to achieve and hold. The EO and Powerslide (both carbon) seem
equally stiff. Both feel nice, with equal feedback from both frames.
The Bont is not really stiff enough for high speed.
very thin area in the middle of the Powerslide frame may look like a
weak point, especially in photos, I was worried about this. However, as
soon as the frames arrived I was reassured; it is VERY strong with a
strengthening beam behind it between the two sides of the frame.
Weight: Weight isn’t usually
a big issue, but now with carbon frames, it does mean that the
frames feel heavy. EO is lightest, Powerslide next, Cadomotus is
slightly the heavier and Bont the heaviest. But the difference is not
much, but you can feel it. (I was surprised that I COULD feel a
difference in weight.)
Bont looks old, Victorian engineering. The Cadomotus looks great if you
like a skeleton type frame where you can SEE the wheels. But I
get it that some people don’t like that. I do! J
The EO is nothing special, looks ok, it does the job. The Powerslide
looks the best in my opinion, the carbon work is good, the graphics are
subtle, and the shape is flowing, almost ‘aerodynamic’.
Stiff enough, relatively heavy, feels a bit ‘dead’, no life in it. EO: Great frame, stiff, very light. The rockering means some
people like it, some don’t, you won’t know until you try it. Cadomotus: VERY stiff, but a little heavier. Not as ‘lively’ as
the carbon frames. There’s not as much ‘feedback’. Still feels pretty
fast. Stiff and stable. Powerslide: Test winner. Stiff, light, gives good feel and
feedback. But maybe a little high at 55mm. However, this is what I’ll be racing on
May 2013 Jeffery is in town!
Today Jeffrey came to town for the second time to join Sk8skool's
training for 2½ weeks. Jeffrey has been a member in Sk8skool since
October 2010 and has received coaching via Skype, email, sms, video
upload/download and also occasional visits (either him coming to
Denmark, or Sk8skool's coach Sutton Atkins travelling to Washington DC).
Jeffrey's progression has been going well the last 2½ years despite some
injury problems last year. This years sees real development to Jeffrey's
technique and threshold speed.
While Jeffrey has been in Sk8skool in Denmark he has
enjoyed the personal attention during training sessions, the feedback
after the training sessions and the attention to his training program.
He has participated in our speed sessions, motorpace session behind the
scooter, endurance sessions, downhill sessions as well as
strength/off-skate and plyo sessions. We've been doing plenty of
video analysis, worked on his skate set up, discussed race strategies,
and wheel choices etc. Quite an intense period for Jeffrey.
We have had some nice social evenings together and
relaxed, recovered and laughed. He even visited Maria's school and
participated in her English class. I didn't tell them that he
doesn't speak "REAL English", he he he LOL ... Oh, maybe the
ice baths were not so enjoyable, but some of the recovery rides in the
Watch this space for Jeffrey's own report about his
stay at Sk8skool...
21 April 2013 Spreewald - Team Training Race
The best reports are when the skaters
speak for themselves, so below are the reflections of the skaters.
The other info you need is; Sara won the marathon and half marathon,
Maria was 3 and 4th. Klaus won overall "Skater King"! And I won the 8km
Individual Time Trial. A great start to the season. The team work
was great, the communication was good. Considering this was the first
race of the season for most of us, and we were not really prepared for
high intensity work yet, we are very satisfied.
Focussed and regular training WORKS! This was proven to me at the
weekend with success on so many levels. 7 months disciplined training
has given an aerobic foundation and technique that made the race
manageable, both tactically and physically.
For the time trial, I must say, I was a bit nervous before the happening.
Don’t really know why, but maybe cause of the unknown racing method. In
the race, I didn’t feel at all nervous. I was only thinking about, how
to get the course done as fast as possible. On pure instinct, I cut the
corners, for the shortest distance around, I tried to keep a steady pace
and not to go dead before the finish line. I thought about taking the
most efficient strokes, and at some point, hearing my coach in my ears
saying: shoulder dip, push into the asphalt etc.
Ok, for the first time in my racing time, I had the experience of
following the front pack from the beginning to the end. That in itself
was a pretty amazing feeling. I have always been in the second or third
pack, and there practicing my small strategies, and planning for the
sprint, but that I did alone, meaning no teammate or team strategy. This
time in Spreewald, I was not only following the front pack, but also had
a teammate. That was pretty amazing too. For the first time, I didn’t
have to rely on other skaters mistakes or “kindness”, but had an
actually plan to fulfil and stick too. That gave me somehow a relief,
and a focus point. I also found within myself a more aggressive side,
that I didn’t know existed… I wanted to “protect” my teammate and also
do what ever it took to complete the strategy…during the race I
experience, that I was “with” somebody and not just on my own….
Personally I thought the marathon was the best race, I followed, and
completed the strategy. For the half marathon, it was a good teamwork
too, but I didn’t complete the strategy for the finish sprint. I see
many reasons, why I couldn’t follow the lead-out made for me, but my
tired legs simply couldn’t push anymore…
I dag var jeg til mit første race!
Min løbs karriere startede i 2009 samme år som jeg købte mine første
speedskates. Det er blevet til en del løb siden men i dag kørte jeg mit
første race! Løbet i dag blev til en åbenbaring for mig. I dag gik det
op for mig at tidligere løb har været mere en trænings session end et
Løbet i dag var fyldt med meget andet end bare at gennemfører på en god
tid. Det handlede meget mere om at eftersætte udbrud, lukke huller og
vurdere om dem der stak af skulle hentes eller bare afvente at de gik
døde og blev hentet igen.
Udover disse nye ting at forholde sig til viste det sig også at
vinterens mange trænings sessioner kom til udbetaling. Hver
eftersættelse blev gjort med teknikerne som er blevet trænet igen og
igen hele vinteren. Om det var den rolige lukning eller en hurtig spurt
så viste de mange timers træning sig at virke. Min deltagelse i et
maraton blev til et race!
Mvh. Thomas J
Klaus: Reflections from my
second trip with Sk8skool to Spreewald;
To begin with we have trained very regularly all winter, and to what
purpose…? To get in better shape, get better aerobic base
performance, and to get better technique! One thing is to skate
all winter and get personal coaching to improve, but something
completely different to RACE, and not least learn tactics in a race.
Because, you can be super-fit, but you won’t last long in a race if you
burn everything from the beginning! And that is where the trip to
Spreewald is so different; here we make tactics from home, and change
tactics, if necessary on the race day. And even change it again in the
race! And I can't say how much this means for my skating, since this
means so much more than just a guy saying do this and that, and don't
see what happens in the races, for my sake it's Sooty that teaches and
gives advice before and during the races.
So in short: Who would
give you advice DURING and before a race, and not least give away the
hard learned tactical knowledge?
That is why I really
love this trip WITH SK8SKOOL :) Sincerely,
28 March 2013 Sk8skool in LA
We'd like to welcome a new member in Sk8skool. Chris Rojo (40) comes
from Long Beach, near Los Angeles, California. He skates for "So Cal
Skaters" (South California Skaters) and has been skating for 30 years as
a fitness skater, and the last 6 years has been on speedskates. He's had
some good results in the US, notably 11th twice at Duluth Inline
Marathon. But Chris says he wants more, and is prepared to do the work!
This is a great attitude, and definitely someone that Sk8skool can work
with. (In fact, I think Chris's application email was one of the best,
and most motivating I've ever read. It just made ME wanna go out and
Chris works as a personal trainer, so his physical
strength and condition is pretty good, so one of the main areas we will
be working with is refinement of Chris's technique on skates through
video analysis and drills. However, we'll also be looking at his sports
specific conditioning program and fundamentals for a more long term
perspective of development.
I will be visiting Chris in Los Angeles at the end of
May where we will train together, and maybe even travel to Napa Valley
inline Marathon to race. (It's been over 10 years since I raced in
America! Gonna be fun!) At the same time Jeffery (Neal) will be in
LA, so the three of us will train and race together. Bonus!
(Photo's and more details coming soon. ....
watch this space)
17 March 2013 Only 3 weeks!
There is only 3 weeks until the season opener, Berlin
half marathon. Many top names are registered to race. ...
but slooooow down, Masters Worlds is very late this year (sept. 15) so
this means most of the Sk8skool masters will not be participating in the
early season races, preferring to continue with even more winter
training (aerobic base development), delaying the start of the intervals
training period until maybe as late as May.
SOME of our masters will, however, be starting their
interval training now. Their goal is to perform well at Le Mans 24hour,
and then again at Berlin. Therefore a "double peak season".
We wish all our members who have worked hard and
regularly through the winter, good luck with their final preparation to
ROLL ON THE SUMMER!
16 March 2013 Tore, Benny, Lars N
Today we say goodbye to Tore, Benny and Lars N. They felt
they could not commit to the group due to many other priorities in their
We wish them well in their future skating.
18 February 2013 Mads
Som I måske ved godt, Mads har valgt at
stoppe i Sk8skool. Han fortsætter sin træning i VARK. Vi er
helt forståreligt over for hans beslutning, det bakker vi op
på. Jeg vil siger at det har været et rent fornoyelse at
være træner til Mads i 3½år, vi savner ham allerede nu! Mads
har vokset og udviklet SÅ meget, det er vi stolt af. Hans
forældre, Karin og René burde også være stolt fordi Mads er
unique og en fantastisk løber, team-makker og mennesker.
Mads du er altid velkomm til at kigge forbi Sk8skool og
træne med en gang i mellem, for sjovts skyld.
Vi vi ønsker Mads og familien Eriksen held og lykke i
Vi skal nok ses rund omkring.
23 December 2012 Determination, desire, dedication,
We are half way through the winter training season. The
days are now officially getting longer, although we can't feel it yet,
mentally it helps to know that it won't get any darker. Many in
Sk8skool have trained really well so far this winter, building up their
sport specific aerobic foundation outdoor ON SKATES. I'm very proud of
those people that have been out "in all weather", today it was just
Klaus, Maria and myself. But others HAVE been there on many other days.
(Notably, Thomas and Sara). Today was a tough one, high wind was
pushing us around on the road, but it made the 3km stretch of road that
we used a VERY fast training, great for drills, flowing speed and
stability, without pushing the heart rate too high. We were surprised
how much grip there was, the asphalt had been "washed" by all the snow
melting last week. All the mud and oil had gone. GREAT! (Oh,
ye, coming back the other way was a bitch.) But we survived. After
about 90 mins, so much snow had gathered that it was icy, so we switched
to bikes and cycled 90 mins more.
It makes me laugh when people say (in Denmark) "You
can't skate outside the whole winter". What they REALLY mean
is "I don't want to skate outside in the winter", so why don't
they just say that? We've skated outdoor twice a week, every week since
Berlin. (we only missed one week because of deep snow, but we still
cycled). I have over 85 hours in the aerobic zone since Berlin Marathon.
So it is possible.
Anyway, it is, of course, their choice, but if you
want good performance in the summer then you have prepare during the
winter, and you have limited choices;
Long track ice (but the ice is only in Copenhagen for a month or two,
and .... it's in Copenhagen)
2. Go out on your bike for many hours (but
it's just as wet and cold as skating, right?)
3. Spin indoor on your bike in front of the TV. (but can you really do
this for 3 or 4 hours? probably not)
4. Skate indoor - will not
give you so much aerobic foundation, because most clubs just do
intervals, races and short/high intensity training - i.e. "race season"
We do skate indoor twice a week. Indoor is AWESOME!
... but let's be honest, indoor is about skills, speed, intervals, power
and more... But it's not contributing to your aerobic
capacity in any significant way.
So this is what we do, and it gives the results we want....
Satisfaction. Satisfaction immediately after the training when we
congratulate each other that "we did it", and "One more session in the
bank", "well done guys". And satisfaction in the summer when we
achieve the results we want, and other people are left wondering why
Days like today are hard, yes. But they also
build a unique bond between the people that battled and survived in
pursuit of a goal. It builds deep respect for your training
partners, friends, team mates. And only those people that battled
through the hard times will understand how much it means to achieve
those goals in the summer. Everyone else simply won't 'get it', they
can't, they have no experience to compare it with.
Thanks to Klaus and Maria for being there today, and
to the others who are normally there despite the bad weather. I have
enormous respect for you guys, and I will do everything I can to help
you achieve YOUR dreams this summer.
Those that train regularly, no matter what,
whatever the weather,
... they get what they deserve in the summer.
Others, simply will not.
15 December 2012 The postman delivers a surprise
Today the postman brought a little joy to a house in Høve.
Maria Carstensen received her gold medal for winning the women's AK40
age category at Berlin Marathon. This is a fantastic achievement,
congratulations to Maria, she thoroughly deserves it. Maria has worked
VERY hard since starting in Sk8skool nearly 4 years ago. Maria's result
also appears in the official Berlin Marathon magazine, and she receives
free entry for the race in 2013.
Ironically, Maria's time of 1:13:42 was 31 seconds
faster than the ELITE Senior women, and faster than the majority of
masters MEN! Yet another incredible achievement by this dedicated and
determined athlete. We are very proud that Maria is a member in
2 December 2012 Andreas on his way up.
Today Andreas was informed by the National Coach, Jesper
Carlson, that he will move up from 'Mini-camper' to 'Bruttotrup'
(National Squad) member. Congratulations to Andreas! He's on his way up!
25 November 2012 Andreas part II, and Silas come to
Today we welcome back Andreas who has had a
break from Sk8skool but decided to return. We also welcome a new member, only 12
years old but already fast enough to 'hang with the fast guys' at indoor
Sk8skool now has 18 active skating members, this
means we are now bigger than ever before in our 4 years history! :O))
3 November 2012 Lukas, Oliver + Mikael
Today we say goodbye to Lukas, Oliver and Mikael.
Lukas is going home to Slovakia to continue his school studies after his
9 month stay at Sk8skool, Oliver is focussing on ice Speedskating this
winter so leaves us after 4 years in Sk8skool, and Mikael would like
more free time so he is stopping after 16 months with us. We wish
them all good luck in their future endeavours.
October 2012 Oliver gets 2nd in Geisingen!
A fantastic set of results from a skater who has worked conscientiously
all year and been dedicated to his sport; 8th overall in the EIC Final
in Geisingen and 2nd overall. More details coming soon....
29 September 2012 Berlin is a crazy race
Many crashes, uneven roads, tram lines, but no rain
(until after we finished). Here's Sk8skool's members results:
Atkins, Sutton 1:02:55,
Benedik, Lukás 1:03:18,
Hestkjaer, Klaus 1:13:27 (crashed),
Jensen, Thomas 1:13:41,
Carstensen, Maria 1:13:42,
Øritsland, Lars 1:13:42,
Volter, Nick 1:13:43,
Brynaa, Tore 1:13:43,
Orloff, Benny 1:13:44 (crashed),
Holmsen, Per Ulrik 1:14:45,
Nielsen, Mikael Arnskov 1:20:31 (crashed),
Nielsen, Lars 1:23:18,
Fjord, Helle 1:34:33 (crashed).
Well done guys and girls!
September 2012 Copenhagen Inline Challenge
to Sune Jensen and VRK for holding the best race I have ever been to in
Denmark. A fantastic event organized professionally. Good atmosphere,
great course, lots of people! This was also the hardest race I have
ever done in Denmark! Respect has to go to Team VARK, and my team mates
in Sk8skool for making such a hard, open, attacking race. It was just
“non-stop” accelerations. This did not make for a fast marathon time,
because there was no ‘constant speed’, but it made the race harder to be
“start-stopping” all the time.
All 9 Sk8skool
skaters finished in the top 25, out of 300 participants, 5 skaters in
the top 10, and 3 skaters in the top 5! (1st, 2nd
and 4th.) I’m very proud of the dedication and discipline to
training that the Sk8skool members have shown.
To be honest our
plan was to wait until the last 10 or 15km before we started to hit it
hard. But after only a few km of the race it was clear that we had to do
something to try to weaken Team VARK. (VARK were our main competitors on
this day, with Mikkel Højre and Philip Schmidt being the strongest
threats.) So, we started attacking to try to make the race hard, and
weaken Mikkel. But then they started counter attacking against us. This
was to be expected, but their commitment and intensity in their attacks
was impressive. I guess in the whole race I did around 35 FULL HARD
After 10km Lukas,
Mikkel H, Philip S and I were on a breakaway for the next 15km, but also
attacking each other with accelerations and surprise breakaways. But no
single person could break loose. This tired us and eventually after 26km
the pack caught us again. Then I said to Klaus “Klaus, just go for it”.
It was perfect timing because Mikkel, Philip, Lukas and I were all tired
at that point. With an impressive acceleration, he got a big gap, 800m
or more. Then Mikkel and Philip tried chasing and attacking us. They
came closer and closer to Klaus over the next 15km, almost down to 75m.
But Klaus just kept going. Like a big powerful pendulum, he just kept
the pace high.
Klaus’s lead went
back up to 600m. I knew Klaus was safe for the win. Now it was only
about getting as many podium spots as possible. With 2km left, Mikkel
made a massive early sprint for the finish. This really surprised me.
This was a very long way out to be “’going for it’. (A Fabien Cancellara
move!) I chased him for 1300m, only about 10m behind him. I just
couldn’t close that 10m gap. Philip and Lukas were 5m behind me. No one
could close on each other. Full speed. My god my legs were burning, I
could hear my own breathing. But almost exactly the same time Mikkel put
his hands on one knee, he tired, but was still powering. 600m to go. I
saw he was dead and tried to just maintain my stride, form and control
my breathing. Giving it everything I had. Everything. I came up to him
and as he slowed a little I powered past. Klaus was 100m ahead. 300m to
go. Philip is 10m behind me, with Lukas on his tail. I dug deep to hold
on to second place, only 30m behind Klaus by the finish. Then Philip 15m
behind me, then Lukas 20cm after Philip.
Nielsen elected to join Sk8skool Masters today. Lars has a slight injury
with his ankle, so he will rest and rehabilitate and start training in
Sk8skool on 8th October when we start indoor training. The
Sk8skool Masters team has 11 members now:
becoming a strong team, but we have belief in our skaters, and our
coaching, so we expect to have a VERY strong team of skaters ready for
summer ’13! We are also very proud to represent and help skaters from so
many parts of Denmark (and one in the USA),and from so many different
Maria Carstensen (Ods Rul + RV)
Brynaa (RulNord + RV)
Mikael Arnskov (SIK + RV)
Thomas Jensen (RIMO + RV)
Klaus Hestkjær (VRK + RV)
Ulrik Holmsen (RulNord + RV)
Benny Orloff (VRK + RV)
Helle Fjord (ORK)
Nielsen (RulNord + RV)
Jeffrey Neal (Washington, USA)
Sutton Atkins (Ods Rul + Sk8skool)
skater has different priorities, goals and reasons for training with
Sk8skool. But some of the main goals in 2013 are:
World Masters Marathon
European Masters Marathon
Mans 24 hour Roller relay
Varberg 12 hour roller relay
Danish Championships on track and roadtrack
Danish Championships Indoor
use Spreewald Marathon and half marathon, and Nordstrand Marathon as
team training races to develop our team-work and strategic skills early
in the season.
6 September 2012 Sk8skool Masters grows again!
Today saw 3 new skaters come and try Sk8skool
training. After a session with some new drills, video analysis and a
42km focussed on shoulder/upperbody involvement at aerobic
foundation pace, they all 3 decided to become members in Sk8skool.
We say welcome to Benny Orloff (VRK), Helle Fjord (ORK) and Lars
Øritsland (ORK). Pictures coming soon.
We now have 16 members in Sk8skool, this is the
biggest it has ever been. It's nice to have so many positive people
with energy and motivation for skating.
September 2012 Per Ulrik starts!
Today Per Ulrik Holmsen (RulNord) came to a test training session at
Sk8skool. He did really well, showing a fantastic attitude. He
has signed up and is now a official member of Sk8skool.
Welcome to Per Ulrik.
25 July 2012 EM update
The track seems to be pretty technical; Simple but technical. It's
all about diving in to those corners, holding your speed and running
A quick update... Oliver placed 4th over the finish line in the
and secured himself a top 10 finish in the Cadet 3000m points final. We
are awaiting official confirmation of the result. But it looks good so
Mads + Nick have been racing in the 300m + 500m (Mads) and
3000m points heats (Nick).
Report from Mads: "Jeg kører på G13 F2/F1 mixed. Det er klart bedre
end rent F1, da du har brug for at stå helt stabilt midt i svinget.
Umildbart slider asfalten ikke så meget. Den er rimelig hurtig, og det der
gør banen en smule langsommer svingene. I dag tog vi ud til banen ret tidligt
i forhold til hvornår vi skulle køre. Alt blev hele tiden udsat pga. regn,
så det tog noget tid at komme ordenligt i gang, men da det først var i gang
gik det også ret stærkt med at få løbene kørt. Min 1000m gik ikke helt godt.
Blev slået i starten af en serber, som var ustabil, så da jeg endelig kom forbi ham, havde de forreste fået et
hul på nogle meter, som jeg så aldrig nåede at hente. Glæder mig til
udskilsesløb i morgen."
From Oliver: "Selve banen brænder ikke men det at pakket står
ind i svinget og accelerer ud gør det hårdt asfalten er nogenlunde. Lidt
rug måske (af en bane at være). jeg blev tier i pointløbet. Lige
nu kører jeg RoadWar turbo."
18 July 2012 Oliver in the newspapers
July 2012 A winning couple!
Today Klaus and Maria started off their "mini weekend break" in
France in spectacular fashion. Whilst on holiday in France
they entered and WON Compagne Marathon just north of Paris.
Maria won the masters women's category and placed 4th in the race
overall. Klaus was 8th overall and won the men's masters.
Report from Maria: At the start of
the Marathon it rained and the course was challenging. The
asphalt was full of small stones, so it got very slippery....
not smooth and it had two, 90 degrees corners. Also the last
corner before the finish straightaway was over a
railway-track....there was a mat to cover it, but in the rain it
was worse than the railway-tracks, even though they were 5 cm
high....I know, cause I took the slide in the first lap and
crashed, not badly, but fell on the slide and scratches my
Anyway, the front pack set off and the pace
was ok to follow. In it was a Cadomotos Pro-team skater and
two other girls all under 25. I could follow them for a lap,
then had to drop down to a 5th girl also under 25....at one
point she told me, there is a guy behind us, lets get rid of
him, and I pushed all I could with focus on my technique and
she tapped me on the back saying; ok, ok, he is gone...hi hi
hi ... that was fun..;) In the final sprint I
knew I had to get over the railway-tracks first, cause prior
to the last lap, the girl with me, was always faster over
the tracks than me, so just before the tracks, I pulled out,
got passed her in 2 strokes and jumped over the
railway-tracks, and then began to sprint in my lowest
position ever, cause I still had like 200m, to the finish
line and I didn't want her to pass me just before. She never
came....and I finished very satisfied to know that I gave it
Report from Klaus: The weather was like the summer this
year, with sun, and then rain – about 20 degrees, so both Maria
and I started on Storm Surge! The course was about 3km per lap,
with semi-rough asphalt, and in wet conditions it was slippery
with rails crossing 2 places each lap! We started as usual with
many attack's, which was fine, since I was the only non-
Frenchman, all was looking at my moves, I tried to attack a
couple of times, and the Paris club had about 5 men in the
group, so they switched to attack and close other attacks! After
3 rounds the eventual winner (Julien Levrard) and one other guy
(Antoine Lesavre) attacked and broke away! I tried to get away a
couple of times, but was caught again by the pack, I also tried
to get away with a Frenchman but again I was caught, I also
crashed in one of the corners meaning closing a gap! I couldn't
close all tries so at the end my only focus was to finish in top
10 and as the best Veteran. On the last round the speed went up
and the pack was stretched out, and I came in with 3 other at 8th
position, and 1st in Veteran 1 in 1:14:57 on a wet
course with many corners! All in all satisfied, caused by a
tactical race, and a slippery and to be honest… also a dangerous
track, with rails crossing in the final corner!
Congratulations to Maria and Claus.
trained hard and smart, and here is the proof that it works.
July 2012 Training and testing toward Berlin Marathon ...
Today we begun on a new testing period and a new training
period. The training cycle begins from the start again with base
training building a foundation in the next few weeks, then continuing
with a few weeks AT training before tapering down before Berlin
The testing today was for the first time with gas
analysis ON SKATES. The perfect and most accurate way to judge training
zones and giving guidance as to where a particular athletes weaknesses
lie. We can use this equipment on track, road circuit or road. Today I
was testing on road because the information I want from the test is
about marathon skating.
We will in the future be testing the Elite Team and
the Masters to see where THEIR weaknesses lie. Then we can more
accurately target their training programs.
3 July 2012 Le Mans 24
Sk8skool members participated in the year’s biggest skating challenge
“Le Mans 24 heures Rollér”. The 4 masters skaters from Sk8skool (Tore –
team captain, Thomas, Mikael, Klaus) participated in the “Veterans
Prestige” competition, on the Rolling Vikings Veterans team, and
Sk8skool’s Coach (me) competed in the 5 man Endurance competition on the
London Skaters Enduro team (www.londonspeedskaters.com
A total of 625 teams entered Le Mans
2012, in several different categories (Prestige 10man - Senior or
Veterans, Enduro 5man, Duo or Solo - all in both womens or mens
divisions) That's a total of over 7000 skaters!
a BIG congratulations to the Rolling Vikings, they achieved their goal
of getting on the podium! 3rd place in their category and 12th
place overall. This is a result that will be respected by all in the
skating community along with many outside. It seems all their training,
planning and preparation has paid off, and a tribute to Tore’s insane
enthusiasm for the sport of Speedskating. They truly deserve their
moment in the spot light, and it was clear to see from their smiles (and
the noise from their thousands of supporters) that they were overjoyed.
It was wonderful to see, and made me proud that I know some of those
guys up there! They have a wonderful team spirit and social perspective
on sport that carries them a long way.
Vikings got a good start with Tore leading off in a 7:41 lap.
Impressive. This put them in about 15th place, then over the
course of the race they clawed their way back, overtaking one team then
another, using Tore’s tactical knowledge and experience and the pure
power and determination up to 12th place overall. A very
impressive result. They skated 744.9km in 24 hours, so there were
definitely some tired legs in the bus on the 20 hour ride back to
Denmark Sunday evening. But well worth it, I believe all will agree.
achieved our goal by placing 2nd in the 5 man category.
It was unrealistic to expect to beat the winning team (ex-world champion
Pascal Briand with 4 senior skaters. …. Our team is 62 years older, ha
ha! ). There is no 5 man veterans category, so we had to race against
mainly seniors, despite the fact that ALL our team are between 35 and 45
years old. Never the less, we battled through and our speed and
experience brought us through to a great result. With just 5 old men we
skated 740.7km in 24 hours, that’s 148km each! … at an average speed of
in general was as expected, except the start and finish. The atmosphere
in the first hour and last hour was amazing. Thousands of skaters,
like-minded people, all with a sense of expectation, shouting, screaming
for their team-mates and generally going ‘nuts’. Wonderful! I have to
mention that there were few teams out there in the ‘duo’ category, and
also a few “people with mental problems” that did the ‘solo’
alone or with just one team mate! I can’t even comprehend it. I have so
much respect for those guys even though I can’t understand it. I want to
say a personal congratulation to
Martin Thaler who won
the ‘duo’ category and skated 715.6km in 24 hours. They are great guys,
great skaters, and deserve the win and the new record.
stars of the whole show (and the whole world) were the 2 Powerslide
teams; “Powerslide Ligne Droit” (Pro World-team) and the “Powerslide
since ‘94” team. Of course the pro team won. But most of you won’t
realize that the names on the second Powerslide team reads like an
all-star team from 1994, and achieved 2nd place in the
overall competition. Matthias Knoll (owner of Powerslide, European champ
medalist from the 90’s), Kalon Dobbin (multiple World Champion recently,
all-star in the 90’s and STILL a world class pro!), Arnaud Giquel (one
of the top 5 greatest skaters of all time), Luca Bagnolini (European
Champion and more in the 90’s), and also Alan Negré and Olivier
Babonneau, Carlo Scalera, Marco Nuvolara… all world class skaters from
the ‘90’s, and others…. Really showed their class and proved that “if
you can skate, you can ALWAYS skate”. See the results + statistics here:
Le Mans 24 Roller Results
GREATEST rollerskating event in the world? ... no.
A great event? … YES, it is a great event! I highly recommend it.
Immediately after the event on Sunday afternoon MANY people asked me;
“So, did you have fun?” or “What do you think about the event?” … and to
be honest I had a very hard time answering that question. There were so
many complicated thoughts about the experience that it has taken me 2 or
3 days of internal dialogue and evaluation to find my own personal
opinion about Le Mans. For sure it has left an impression on me. I can
see why some people love it. From a sport scientists (coach) point of
view I can see that I need to put more threshold training in to my
training program. From an “extreme race” point of view I can say that it
is not the hardest thing I have done on skates, not by a long way. I
never reached a point where I thought I might not finish. I never
thought “this is too hard”. From a strategist or tacticians point of
view I can see the attraction with the lap times analysis, setting a
schedule, catching teams and trying to stay ahead of others on the
screen in the pit, using the hill or the wind to break people. But for
me a 10,000m points race is far more strategical than an enduro event.
It’s immediate, it’s split second decision making, it “how to beat the
Italians lead out”, it’s speed and skill and race politics. From a
humanist point of view I think I would have had a more social time on a
10 man team (it was clear the 10 man teams had time and energy for
‘chat’, ‘jokes’, ‘fun’, and social contact. The nature of a 5 man event
mean you only get a 25 min break (just enough time to get back to the
pit, put clothes on, eat, drink, talk about the lap, put your feet up
for 5 mins and then get ready for your next lap. … maybe I need to try
the 10 man team experience?
bottom line was, that I was on a great team with 6 great team mates,
most of them I have known for over 20 years. (Adrian W – team captain,
Errol, Mac, George and our pit crew Jill and Mike). We had a great team
spirit, great communication, we had some laughs, it was fantastic to
work with guys who I haven’t worked with since the 90’s, and we got the
job done, we achieved our goals and more… AND, I have been skating and
competing for 31 years in all different types of races, countries,
environments and styles of skating…. And I just had a totally NEW
experience this weekend! GREAT!
to thank ALL the people from London skaters club. They are so friendly,
open people and passionate about their sport. They were a pleasure to be
with. I especially want to thank my team mates, and Adrian Wordsworth (www.AWspeedskating.com)
and Frederic Houinato, chairman of London Skaters, for inviting me to be
on the team.
to answer those questions:
have fun? Yes, I think so.
Would I do it again? Yes, probably, under the right conditions.
Was it a great experience that I will remember? YES!
See you next year??? ….. Errrrm???
23 June 2012 Great performances at Nationals
Today was Danish nationals on the
super-fast roadtrack in Næstved. Super-fast racing and some good results
Oliver 2 Gold, 2 Silver and relay Gold
Nick, 4 Bronze and relay Gold
Junior B: Mads, 1
Bronze and 1 Silver
Masters: Klaus 4 Gold
Maria 2 x 6th, 2 x 7th
22 June 2012 Max + Lukas go home - we miss you already
It was a sad day today, 125 students
left Gerlev Idrætshøjskole at the end of their stay. 2 of those
students were Max and Lukas who have been Sk8skool elite team members
since February. It has been an honour
to work with these two happy, helpful, funny, positive and hard-working
guys. They’ve really developed both technically and physically, and they
seem to have learnt a lot ‘knowledge-wise’ also. I am sure if they can
apply themselves to their training when they get home they will develop
in to really great skaters. BOTH have potential to do so.
The good news is
that Lukas will return to Gerlev and Sk8skool in August for another 9
weeks training and learning. Max has said he would like to come back and
is considering how to do so.
16 June 2012 Max + Sooty win Gold
The British Championships were held this weekend at
Tatem Park in North London. The very fast track produced some good
times, particularly in the sprint races. Many British records were
broken. As far as Sk8skool was concerned the highlights of the weekend
were the longer races and relay. In the 10,000m points race I was able
to take the gold with Max taking the Bronze medal. In the 15,000m we
were able to work together for Max to take his first British Senior
title and I took the silver. The relay was a super-fast race, Max, Dan
and myself attacked from the gun and basically sprinted all the way
during the 3000m relay. We took the gold and broke the British record,
skating 3km in 4:09 min, an average speed of 28mph (or 44km/h).
12 June 2012 Oliver, Mads + Nick selected for National
The National team beckons for Sk8skool
athletes Oliver Lindenskov, Mads Erikson and Nick Volter. Oliver was
selected int he first round of selections and Nick and Mads made it int
he final cut. They will use the next 3 weeks making final preparations
for the 6 day long competition on track in Hungary from 23rd - 28th
Below the picture shows the 10 best skaters in the
country! Young skaters with potential to be super stars in the coming
11 June 2012 Goodbye
After 2½ great years
with Nichlas, and a couple of months with Andreas we say goodbye to both
of them. We they succeed in the sport in the future.
10 June 2012 EM Masters report
Another great day
in Dijon, nice weather, nice crowd, MANY MANY skaters and spectators.
The AK 30
marathon was first to start a couple of hours before my race. Klaus in
his debut at EM looked pretty good the whole way, but there were many
attacks from a strong field of skaters. A breakaway of one French skater
and one Italien skater succeeded, winning by 4 minutes! Klaus finished
in fine style claiming 12th place in the final sprint. (Time
The AK 50
marathon started next. Lars T looked so relaxed and cool, as usual. He
followed in the pack with ease. The race was won in a time of 1:12,
which is easily within Lars capability. When the sprint came, Lars
position was good, but he lacked the raw top end speed to accelerate
past, so he ended in 5ht place. The finish line is a little bit up hill,
so this is a good result for Lars who is a big powerful skater, but
maybe not really designed to go up hills.
107 Masters lined
up in the AK40 men’s marathon. I’m sure I was the most tired, I’d just
flown from New York the day before. But my attitude was “Just start the
race, and see what happens”. I’d learnt my lesson from Masters Worlds;
don’t chase anything, sit in the pack and wait, let the TEAMS fight each
other. This worked well, only 1 very strong French skater got away and
won by about 30 seconds. Respect to him. I won the pack sprint, easily
passing the Italian lead-out. Silver for me today, in a time of 1:08.
Maria was the
final Sk8skool member to start, she followed the pack over half distance
but then the constant attacks wore her down. But, she still managed to
get an 8th place, in a time of 1:22.
20 May 2012 Sk8skool at Nordstrand in pictures...
May 2012 European Inline Cup 5
A fantastic weekend for Sk8skool Elite Team in Mechelen. I'm waiting to
here some great stories and details from them at the next training
session, but from what I can see on sms we have some very satisfied
skaters. Highlights were:
Oliver, Nick and Andreas won the Cadet relay!
Oliver was 3rd in the sprint and 2nd in the points race!
Nichlas was 2nd overall! (and won one of his races also!)
Nick was 7th in the points race and elimination race.
Mads was 8th in his Time trial and 9th in his 500m sprint.
Andreas was 11th overall.
I've only seen three pictures from Mechelen so far. One of the relay
podium and a cool one, here it is on the right. Great dive from Oliver!
And a similarly good dive from Nichlas.
Great results. More details will come as soon as I get them from the
guys. Check back here in a day or two.
13 May 2012 Masters Worlds
AK35 - Klaus
In a very tactical race, Klaus played his cards close to his chest and
succeeded in getting in to a good position for the final sprint. Coming
from 4th place to pass the German in to bronze meal position the German
changed track and moved across Klaus's path to deny Klaus. However,
Klaus ever pragmatic; "It's a good result to be 4th in my first
masters World Championship, and taking everything in to consideration
(it's precisely 1 year ago I bought my first pair of speedskates) I'm
AK40 - Maria, Tore + myself
The defining moment of Maria's race was unfortunately a
"fitness/fun skater" who she was overtaking who wobbled, kicked out and
hit Marias skates. As
Maria herself commented after the race "SLAM, and I was down".
Maria was staying with the lead pack of AK40 women until this point
about 18km in to the race. "After that it was just a race against
time, there's no way I could catch the lead pack again". Maria
finished in a respectable 9th
place at only her second World Championships. "I'll be back next year
on bigger wheels!" said Maria who is changing to 110mm after this
Marias words: "Jeg var bare SÅ klar, og havde haft en god
opvarmning. Forberedelserne kunne ikke være bedre, hverken
træningsmæssigt eller madmæssigt. På dagen stod jeg med de andre
kvinder og da vi ikke var så mange, kunne jeg med lethed stå helt
foran...Fed fornemmelse. Start skuddet gik og jeg var med helt
fremme. Første runde gik fint og der var ro på packet. Jeg tænkte
at, tempoet var lidt højt, men jeg havde ikke problemer med at følge
med. Vi overhalede AK30, så det var også lidt fedt. Efter første del
af anden runde angreb 2 tyskere, og jeg ville for alt i verden ikke
efterlades i 2. pack, så jeg sprintede med dem. Det gik godt, men
desværre da vi var næsten forbi hele packet, ramte jeg sammen med en
anden kvinde og vi røg begge to ned.....øv øv øv....Packet forsvandt
og jeg tænkte det var så det....nu kunne jeg lige så godt trille i
mål og vente, men da jeg
kom til 3. runde, var jeg kølet lidt ned, og tænkte at
jeg lige så godt kunne gøre det færdigt."
Tore, on the way back from injury, participated in the race just to
get back in to things, with no expectations at all. So I think his quote
is accurate and speaks for itself.
"Yesterday I came in 35th of 50 in the 40-49 age group at the WORLD
championships in Speed skating on the marathon distance. I have had a
bad leg for 2 months and haven't been able to practice for real all that
time. So 35 of 50 isn't great, but being at World Championships IS
great. All in all, I am happy with the result :-)" Well done, Tore!
race went well. I've had a serious back injury for 14 months (on and
off) and it re-occurred to a worse degree after crashing while
the line at DM indoor on March 3rd. So it's been a real battle
to deal with that injury while still trying to develop my
performance in time for such an early Worlds. However, my
rehabilitation finally went well in the last few weeks.
During the race I knew I had
to be pro-active. Racing alone is about looking for and even making
opportunities happen and exploiting them. I knew I was the strongest in
the race and the fastest. I just had to avoid their team tactics against
I chased down many attacks by the German team among
others. I felt I was in control of my work rate. But it's hard to avoid
difficult situations when racing against a team of 5 organised Italians
and a team of 8 organised Germans. I read the race correctly, got in to
a good position in third place with 2km to go, then the lead out started
for the finish line. With 1000m to go I moved in to 2nd place, and with
350m to go I took the race on and went for the line. I was leading
the sprint finish, with good speed, then 50m before the line an Italian
pulled my hips back so his team mate could win by 0.07s. However,
I am satisfied with my own performance, and I am satisfied with the race
I raced my race.
AK50 - Mikael + Lars
Mikael had a great race, and followed the main pack to the finish
line. He came in 26th out of 46, in a time of 1:16, only 8 seconds
behind the winner. A little more top speed and he'll be right there
among the top 10.
Lars had a little higher expectation, with his experience and
previous results. The whole race went well, full control over the
pack and positioning. But in the final lead out to the finish line
he lost his position and got stuck behind a slower skater, boxed in
with only 900m to the finish line and the speed was already high.
This delay let the other favourites dominate to the line. Lars
6 May 2012
European Inline Cup 3 and 4
The season moved in to SERIOUS gear at Gross Gerau International Criterion. It
was very warm all weekend, and so was the racing! The pro's
turned out in force, as usual, with Sabine Berg taking the women's win,
with Bart Swings dominating in the men's. Spectacular racing all round.
At their first serious race this year our guys put up
some good performances, but it is clear that they need more racing
before they find their performance level. However, Mads Eriksen posted a
time of 27.758s in the 300m, a very fast time that proves the
speed is there, he just needs to find the flow and the racing experience
to back it up in other races. Other bright spots were that Nichlas
claimed 13th place overall and Oliver claimed 12th!
Oliver had one fantastic result, a 4th place in the
5000m elimination. This is great to see and bodes well for the rest of
Oliver was the only Sk8skool student to go to Heerde
International in Holland last weekend. His dedication to track training
and indoor through the winter has paid off and he managed to get a 2nd
place in both the sprint and long distance races. This was despite being
alone up against a strong German and Dutch National Teams! Speaking to
Jesper Carlson (Danish National Coach) yesterday, Jesper said "Oliver
simply had the fastest flying lap". Fantastic praise for Oliver, and
I would just like to mention that our thoughts go out
to Philip Schmidt who suffered a bad crash in the final of the first
race in Gross Gerau and broke his jaw. We wish him a speedy recovery,
and hope to see him back on his skates as soon as possible.
The Sk8skool Masters team targeted Spreewald Marathon
(and half marathon) as a
training race where we could practice racing together and
then evaluate the processes involved. The weekend was a great success for the Sk8skool Masters
team, it was our first competition together and it went really well.
The team work and communication during the race was good, and the
results were even better. In the marathon on Saturday we made a
lead out to win the bunch sprint, placing 2nd, 3rd and 4th overall.
Then in the half marathon the next day we won the race followed by good
placements by all our skaters. We videoed the race with 4 GoPro cameras, so we can
analyse the team work, accelerations, breakaways and communication. You
can see the shortened edited version of the video of the marathon, here:
18 April 2012 Michael says goodbye
After almost 3 years in SK8skool, Michael has decided to
pursue his speedskating in his new club only (VARK). We have seen him grow from a young
fitness skater to now being a speedskater with potential for, maybe, the
national team. We have
really enjoyed working with Michael, he almost always had a smile and a
song, and he will be missed. We wish him well in the future and
hope he achieves his goals.
3 March 2012 Danish National Indoor Championships
A good winters training gives good results at DM, 8 gold,
4 silver and 3 bronze! Fantastic work from the elite team.
Mads Nørgaard Lindenskov;
500m sprint: Gold, 3000m Gold, 2000m Point: Silver, 2000m Relay: Gold
Oliver Nørgaard Lindenskov; 1500 ttt bronze
w. Michael and nick, 500 silver, 2000 point silver, 3000 elimination
gold, Relay gold
Nick Volter; 1500 ttt bronze, Elimination 4, Relay gold
Andreas Larsen; Elimination - 5th, Point - 6th, Sprint - 6th, Relay gold
Michael Deleuran; 1500 ttt bronze, 500 silver, 2000 point gold
Nichlas Åkesson; 500 M gold, 1500 M point gold, 2000 M elimination gold, 1500
ttt silver, Relay 3rd plads
Sutton Atkins; 500m Silver, 3000m Silver, 4000m Silver.
(Unfortunately the dive you see in the picture below cause an old
back injury to re-occur so I wasn't able to perform well again that
day, and this meant 2 months of physio afterwards.)
1 February 2012 Andreas is on the team
are very happy to say that after a few test sessions with the
SK8skool Elite Team, Andreas has decided he would like to take his
skating to the next level. Andreas is a talented young guy who has
only been skating a few years. He fits in to the training group very
well, he's motivated to skate and learn, and is developing his
discipline and structure. We hope we can help him achieve his dreams.
Welcome to Sk8skool, Andreas.
16 January 2012 Asta quits Sk8skool
After 2 years of 'ups and downs', hard work and some
successes Asta has decided to quit Sk8skool. We wish her well in her
speedskating career in the future.
3 January 2012 Max and Lukas
Last year Sk8skool played host
to 50 skaters form 8 countries at Gerlev International Skate Camp. It is
with great pleasure that we can announce that two of those guests will
be returning to Sk8skool and Gerlev for a longer, more in depth, stay;
Max Rothwell (England) and Lukas Benedik (Slovakia). Both have decided
to return to Denmark, they will be students at Gerlev Sports Academy
(Højskole); Max for 4 months from March until July, and Lukas for 6
months from March until July and from August until October. Both will
follow the “CrossFit and Fitness” line, and then have a choice of
one sports subject and two study subjects.
Both are looking to learn more
about how to train effectively for Speedskating, how to plan their
training programs and of course want to improve their technique. In
addition to this they have said they are excited to learn more about
sport in general at Gerlev Sports Academy. Their basic fitness,
gymnastic abilities and skills will be challenged, they will also learn
more about teamwork/co-operation, both social and sport oriented.
Whilst studying at Gerlev they
will be full-time members of the Sk8skool Elite Team, training 4 times a
week and taking part in races and competitions. We look forward to their
arrival, just 8 weeks away, on 24th February.
1 December 2011 Nadine moves
to Roller Derby
After 2 years as a Sk8skool
Masters member Nadine has decided to move to Roller Derby. Nadine’s
environment has not been especially conducive to Speedskating (poor
facilities, bad weather, training alone) so we completely understand her
decision. Her local town has a thriving Roller Derby scene and the bug
has bitten her. We’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to
Nadine, it’s been a great 2 years working with someone so dedicated and
knowledgeable. We have great respect for those people that battle
through the hardest conditions, and Nadine was one of them. We wish her
good luck in her Roller Derby career, it looks like a lot of fun and a
challenging sport, and we’ll be following her new direction (probably on
1 December 2011 SRV develops
The latest SRV recruit is Klaus
Hestkjær. Klaus has only been skating for 12 months but has shown great
talent, finishing Berlin Marathon with the main masters pack in 1 hour
Klaus is a member of VRK and
Rolling Vikings, we are very happy to begin a new co-operation with VRK.
We welcome Klaus to the SRV (Sk8skool Rolling Vikings) team. Klaus is a
jolly and talkative person, outgoing and willing to train in any weather
conditions. This is exactly what we in Sk8skool are looking for; “people
who want it”.
It’s clear Klaus has a
fantastic ‘engine’ from his previous endeavors in cycling and running,
but now we hope to challenge and develop his anaerobic system and top
speed technique. He could be a serious contender if he can add speed and
acceleration to that fantastic aerobic condition which he has.
20 November 2011 Naija bows
It’s with great sadness that we
say good bye to Naija. Naija has decided to take a step down and
continue skating but only on a club level. Naija has been fighting and
making good progress for the last 2 years in the Sk8skool Elite team.
She feels she needs more time outside of skating to grow and develop. We
respect her decision and wish her good luck in the future.
24 September 2011 SRV at
Since ‘Le Mans 24 hour’ the SRV
Team have been highly motivated and focused on Berlin Marathon. The
training has been going well, they have learnt a lot about interval
training, skating in a pack and in an ordered paceline. The speed has
been developing also thanks to some motor-pacing sessions behind a
scooter. Today was the test of all that hard work….
All 4 SRV guys started in the B
group (we’ll leave the A group to those 25 year young guys!) and all
either skated a personal best time or finished with the lead pack. We
had all of the team under 1 hour 18 mins.
This is a great result. It’s
worth mentioning that Tore’s bearing broke about 1km from the finish
line, so he had to stop and take a wheel off, then continue to the
finish line somewhat delayed. I’m very satisfied with their focus,
dedication and discipline in training and their results show that they
have worked hard and smart. Now we look forward to October (off-season)
then starting training again on 1st November toward the goals
1 July HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SK8SKOOL!
is officially 2 years old. (Although the development of the group happened 8
months before). It's been a great 2 years, Sara and I have enjoyed it immensely,
it's hard work sometimes and takes a lot of time and effort, but those special
moments when a student achieves a goal, wins a race or just learns something
special make it worthwhile. We continue training and teaching all we can, and in
the next 2 weeks we will be watching the internet videos and results from
Junior/Cadet European Championships. GOOOO Denmark! J
26 June DM Results
A successful weekend of racing for Sk8skool students again with
many medals from the Danish Championships on road. Oliver got his hands on some
gold, twice! and Mads proved to be the best sprinter with a gold in the time
trial and a silver in the 500m. Asta skated well to get a handful of silvers and
Naija had twice 4th place, so close to that illusive bronze medal. Nick placed
strongly in the longer races taking a silver and a bronze. I had food
poisoning early in the week, so couldn't race Saturday, Sunday I felt 90% ok, so
raced the senior 1500m and 10km points, taking gold in both races.
The total medal count is incredible for such a new group,
we've only been training properly for 2 years and already the good results are
showing both in Denmark and abroad. We will continue developing and I am sure
after a few more years training and with a little more race experience under
their belts they will achieve great things on a high international level.
Excellence takes time, hard smart work and dedication...
It is worth mentioning that Naija took 4th place 6 times this
year, sometimes only a few cm from a medal. A fantastic performance considering
she has only been on skates 3 years and that she has had 2 knee operations in
the past 18 months because of a genetic problem. Now she is healthy and we look
forward to see her REALLY develop her skills, speed and fitness ready for the
Silver : 27
Michael - Road - Junior - 1500m Oliver - Road -
Cadet - 200m
Mads - Road - Cadet - 500m
Nick - Road - Cadet - 5000m p
Asta - Road - Cadet - 200m
Asta - Road - Cadet - 500m
Asta - Road - Cadet - 1000m
Asta - Road - Cadet - 5000m p
Asta - Road - Cadet - 10000m e
Michael - Track - Junior - 1000m
Oliver - Track - Cadet - 3000m p
Oliver - Track - Cadet - 5000m e
Asta - Track - Cadet - 1000m
Asta - Track - Cadet - 3000m p
Asta - Track - Cadet - 5000m e
Sara - Indoor - Senior - 500m
Sara - Indoor - Senior - 1000m
Sara - Indoor - Senior - 2000m
Michael - Indoor - Junior - 1000m
Michael - Indoor - Junior - 3000m p
Michael - Indoor - Junior - 5000m e
Asta - Indoor - Cadet - 500m
Asta - Indoor - Cadet - 2000m p
Asta - Indoor - Cadet - 3000m e Nichlas -
Indoor - Youth - 500m
Nichlas - Indoor - Youth - 1000m
Nichlas - Indoor - Youth - 2000m
Michael - Road - Junior -
500m Oliver - Road - Cadet - 1000m
Oliver - Road - Cadet - 5000m p Nick - Road -
Cadet - 10000m e
Michael - Track - Junior - 15000m e
Mads - Track - Cadet - 3000m p
Mads - Track - Cadet - 5000m e
Michael - Indoor - Junior - 500m Mads - Indoor -
Cadet - 500m
Oliver - Indoor - Cadet - 3000m p
Nick - Indoor - Cadet - 2000m p
Nick - Indoor - Cadet - 3000m e
26 June Danish National Team calls!
We say CONGRATULATIONS to Asta Thorgersen, Oliver Lindenskov and Mads Eriksen
who today were selected for the Danish National Team for the European
Championships in Italy in July. We have only
been together as a training group for 2 years so this is a very good development
with such a young team. The athletes have worked hard and smart, a killer
combination and their results show, especially considering they are mostly new
in the sport. We look forward to watch their development in the coming years.
S R V Team
is a new initiative in Sk8skool that has grown naturally out of my relationship
with Tore Brynaa (Sk8skool Masters) and the positive reputation created in the
Danish Masters skating community, by working with Tore and Maria Carstensen.
(both Sk8skool Masters).
SRV is a group of skaters that have a common goal and a similar level of skating
offers support to Elite MASTERS skaters that are also members in 'Rolling
Anyone 30 years old or over may apply to Sk8skool to become a Sk8skool MASTERS
member, but it is the Sk8skool coaches that decide if that person is suitable to
go on the SRV Team. We take goals, values and skating ability in to
consideration. The conditions are the same as Sk8skool Masters membership, but
you get extra possibilities to train with SRV team.
Last Christmas I received an application from Mikael Arnskov to Sk8skool, but
Sk8skool was full, so I put him on the waiting list, then we received an
application from Jesper Færch, so then I had 2 on the waiting list. Finally in
May I received an application from Thomas Jensen and then it became clear that
there was a possibility to create a great “training energy” with these 4 guys.
They have similar goals, similar values and a natural companionship. So then I
took the chance and we had a meeting to discuss the project.
So then on 1st June 2011, SRV Team was born:
The advantages of a training GROUP are numerous. But the biggest advantage is
that a group paceline goes faster than an individual, therefore you learn to
skate faster because the group skates faster. But as I ALWAYS say to every new
member of Sk8skool, “IT TAKES AT LEAST 12 MONTHS BEFORE YOU SEE RESULTS”. I look
very much forward to see the results of the new initiative, in 2012.
The SRV team will also train with the Sk8skool ELITE Team on ROAD, maybe even as
frequently as once a week if the co-operation works well. This is an advantage
for the relatively young ELITE Team who will benefit from the pure strength and
determination of the Masters skaters on road. It’s also an advantage to the SRV
Team who may pick up some technique and pack skills from the youngsters. We hope
to have some good training sessions together as soon as the SRV Team have
recovered from ‘Le Mans’.
12 June 2011 World Masters Championships
Sk8skool went to the
World Masters Championships today and it went very well indeed.
Good results all round! Nadine has only been skating
3 years, she has a little "ice history" when she was in her 20's and
this has helped her develop her speed. She has worked very hard in
training on and off skates, despite having a serious crash in
February and serious illness in March she still managed to get a 6th
place at the Worlds. Lars T was in fine form looking relaxed
and in control through the whole race, he also had good speed at the
end, it was only a spilt second error of judgement in his
positioning in the pack in the final kilometre that meant he
couldn't quite overhaul the top 5. Maria fought her way to a
fantastic top 10 finish in her first big international competition,
she's only been skating 2½ years and is making great improvements.
Jeffrey was racing in a hard category, there were 103 men and the
standard was much higher than in previous years. The French national
team, German national team, Italians and others were all in
attendance and in serious skating mood. After only 2 years on skates
he did very well to get 49th place. He says he learnt a lot and has
renewed focus and motivation for his training and next competitions.
I'm personally very satisfied with my race, I've
prepared for it all year and the planning and focus paid off. The
course was a 2.2km circuit, the asphalt was 'not good' and in small
patches it was very bad. There was a slight rise in the road at one
end which some skaters used to launch attacks up, trying to sap the
energy from the main pack. Tactically it was a very difficult race.
The French national team had 5 men (plus some good quality
non-national skaters) and were well organised with break-aways and
the man power to cover any offensive move. Germany showed up with a
national team comprising 8 men and were very offensive in their
style. Also Italy had 4 national level skaters. It would have been
futile for me to attack. So I had to be patient. I watched some
break-aways but tried to only chase the "important ones", but it's
hard to watch people just skate away ahead of the main pack. So I
chased more than I had planned on chasing. in the middle of the race
it got really messy because we caught the AK30 age group, so the
pack was then double as big on a narrow road, and it was confusing
who we were actually racing against and who was not "the
competition". But when the final 2 laps (4.4km) came the speed
went up a bit, but I still felt ok, pretty comfortable. Then a
skater from the French national team launched a big attack - a "go-for-home " attack
(I still don't know if he was in OUR race, or in the '35-39' age
category) - he got a big gap, 150m, I knew I could
not chase or I would be just leading all the other guys to the
finish and serving the T'shirt on a plate for them. But I guess
everyone else thought that also. I was surprised the German or
Italian team did not chase, they had the manpower to do it, but maybe they were dead. So I had to wait while he just skated away
toward the last lap. When the bell rang he had at least 150m lead or
more, the pack was being led by a Frenchman who was in "no hurry"
to catch his team-mate. (of course) But I knew I still had to be
patient. We came down the back straight with 1.4km to go and the
pack started to speed up again and 3 lines formed side by side. I
was still holding 3rd place behind the strongest French skater and an
Italian. This was great positioning I thought, and I held it all the
way to the final BIG roundabout. I watched outside as the German
team started to come, then I made my move, I went outside with 3
fast crossovers and then dived in to the right-turn corner and made
2 right-hand crossovers and then it was just full speed to the
finish line. It was about a 700m sprint so my thighs were burning,
but I just kept going. I looked under my shoulder left and right, I
couldn't see anyone close, but I couldn't be sure, so I did a "half-dive"
for the finish line just to be sure. (We've all see the youtube
video of the skater who lost the Worlds by standing up and waving,
right?) Then it was over, happy but burning legs and lungs. I found
Lars T and then phoned Sara. What a day!
I want to thank Sara Aagaard for being a
great coach for me, she always says the right thing at the right
time, is very 'process oriented' and experienced beyond her years.
6 June 2011 GERLEV INTERNATIONAL SKATE CAMP 2011
Skaters from New Zealand, U.S.A., Canada, Slovakia, England,
Germany, Sweden and Denmark gathered at Gerlev Idrætshøjskole for 5
days of great training on road, track and circuit in fantastic
summer weather. Simply great people, great atmosphere, great days. I
could easily write 10,000 words or more.
.... but I think this says it all, click here.... (and turn up
20 May 2011 42 signed up from 7 countries!
Sk8skool and Gerlev Idrætshøjskole have attracted 42
skaters from 7 countries to come to Denmark for Speedskating. Gerlev
International Skate Camp starts in 12 days and will last 4 days.
It's going to be great to meet so many people on skates and from so
many different backgrounds. It's the last chance to register
if you want to enjoy the experience with us.
See the weeks program
AND see the video
Gerlev International Skate Camp 2011
Gerlev International Skate Camp is a Speedskating
experience you'll never forget! We offer masses of exciting activities,
training, games and challenges to those people that would like to develop
themselves, be in good company and relax after a hard days training.
Sk8SKOOL's home is Gerlev Sports Academy
and is only 5km south of Slagelse in Denmark. The school has
fantastic facilities for a wide range of sports including Speedskating training.
Need I say more?
It’s a tricky year for Sk8skool as 6 out of 8
of our elite team are ”first year” skaters in their respective age
However, they still
managed to perform well. I’m very proud of their dedication to their sport and
their professional way to handle the challenging situations.
Michael Deleuran (1st
year Junior B - NIK) skated to a 4th place in his C final in GG, and
placed 26th in his ‘A final’ race at “The 3tracks”. He’s really
developing fast and we look forward to each race that he is in.
Oliver (NIK) and Mads (Ods.)
had a tough time in the Cadet category but Oliver managed to finish overall 20th
at GG with his best result 18th. He’s still “first year” so of course
it’s a tough category. Mads finished 21st overall at GG and had a
good 16th place in the 1000m.
(SIK) looked very promising in his first race at GG but unfortunately crashed
only 3 laps before the end, but the injured shoulder meant that he could not
race again. Naija Olsen (Ods.), also “first year” cadet and only in her second
international competition fought really hard and finished 48th out of
A good start to her
career. She’s on the way up! Nick Volter (1st year Cadet - NIK) in
his first international race, and only his second Speedskating year raced well in my opinion. He learned a
lot from his experience at GG and will go on to improve with each race.
But the star of the show
for Sk8skool was Asta Thorgersen (1st year Cadet - NIK) who skated
just fantastically. In GG she was 16th out of 64 skaters! (Her best
result was 9th, but she “fell asleep” in the elimination and
thus was eliminated first. … I think that’s happened to every skater at least
once, right?) Then at “The 3tracks” she really “grew in” to the racing, and in
her last race was 10th place giving her an overall result of 11th
out of 80 skaters. Well done Asta. Fantastic!
I look forward to the
races in July and August, we have planned to be at our best then. It's
obvious to see that in April we are only just beginning out climb in
performance, the skaters get better every week as each race (high quality
training) has an effect. ROLL ON JULY! :-)
13 March 2011 Johannes
Johannes has decided
to take a break from Sk8skool, to
take some time to work with other
challenges in his life. We hope that
he will soon start skating again,
first in his club (SIK), and we
leave the Sk8skool door open for
Johannes when he wants to come back
to us again.
11 March 2011 READY!
Finally spring is on the way and Sk8skool cleaned
the track ready for the outdoor season. MANY
MANY thanks to the parents that came and helped us
clean the track. We had 15 people, so we washed it
TWICE. The weather forecast for tomorrow is +8
degrees, so we are "breaking out the sun cream"
and skating on a very white clean grippy track.
March 2011 National Indoor Championships
Back row: Michael - Sara - Asta -
Maria - Naija
Front row: Oliver - Mads - Nick -
Both Sara and I are very
proud of our skaters, especially since we have been busy doing other sorts of
training, so we have had almost no preparation for this event so early in the
year. We've chosen to focus our training toward the Euros qualification races in
May and Outdoor Nationals/Euros in June and July. We had no expectations of good results this
weekend, and we were surprised to get so many medals.
Youth: Nichlas (SIK) is a success story this weekend, he has been battling with pre-race nerves
since last April, but since Nichlas started in Sk8skool in June we have worked
intensely with his mental processes during Sk8skool personal coaching sessions
and Sk8skool Sports Psychology classes and now Nichlas seems confident, mentally
strong and FAST. He’s only 1st year youth, but managed to take home
silver medals in the 2000m, 1000m, 500m. Well done Nichlas!
Cadet: Asta (NIK) won the 1000m
and took silver medals in the other 3 races! This was a fantastic performance
form this 1st year cadet who only 20 months ago admits “I wasn’t
really focused on skating”. Now she seems to be motivated and “focused”
enough, and on the way to greater things if she can find that “power button”
when she needs it.
Naija (Ods.) has had a difficult winter, she has had an operation
in both knees in the last 12 months because of a problem she was born with.
However she has worked closely with Aktivt Velvære physiotherapists, she has
been dedicated to her rehabilitation training, core training, upper body
training and mental training homework assignments. This has meant that she was
working very hard even when she couldn’t do any leg training or skating,
sometimes for many months in a row. BUT NOW we can truly say she is on the way
back to 100% again. She managed to beat many fully fit girls, some of them 2nd
year cadets (Naija is only 1st year cadet). Her 4th and 5th
place results were especially pleasing both to her and us. Congratulations
Naija. You have showed your dedication and determination all winter and now you
showed how good you can skate!
Mads (Ods. 2nd
year) Oliver (NIK 1st year) and Nick (NIK) had a tough weekend against a strong group of
cadets. Mads picked up a bronze medal in the 500m and 4th place in the points race (but video footage
showed that he actually got enough points for a bronze medal). Oliver performed
well to receive 1 bronze medal. Nick (1st year) had an unexpected
nationals, 2 bronze medals in only his second race season. Nick (NIK) has been in
Sk8skool for only 7 months but has worked consistently every week. This guy
never seems to get tired, he’s an incredible “work horse” and I think this will
pay dividends in the future. When I spoke to Nick after the event he was very
satisfied with his races.
Junior: Michael (NIK) is only 1st
year junior but took 2 silver medals and 2 bronze medals; this was just an
AWESOME performance form a young man that has really changed himself over the
last 6 months. Michael came to Sk8skool 16 months ago as a B skater, not
especially fit and was only training once a week. He has transformed himself
mentally, physically and technically. I personally am most impressed in his
discipline, focus and the “drive to succeed” he has developed. He truly deserved
his medals this weekend.
Senior: Sara (HIT) managed to
come home with 3 second places and 1 win. A good performance from a skater who
has not raced for 5 years. A very welcome return to the sport Sara.
While Tore was away in the sunshine in Texas, Maria managed to win the overall
"Masters B" title. Well done Maria.
If I had one wish
following this weekend, it would only be that we get some reasonable weather
this March so that the students can continue their fantastic work in warmish dry
conditions. We have some work to do, but we knew that and it is part of the
plan…. Did someone say “interval training starts tomorrow” ? ;o))
28 February 2011 Sk8skool students prepare (just a little bit)
It's Danish National Indoor Championships in 5 days time, so the
students started to taper down just a little bit for only 5 days. They were
allowed to miss their usual strength training session before skating today. So
they had fresh legs for skating fast. Unfortunately this left me alone in the
strength training room. Damn! But training continues for me. I will not be
racing DM because my peak is planned for later in the year (sept/oct) so I can
not use time on high performance in March. My first race will be in May.
After the training the atmosphere was good and we reviewed the times and there
were many personal record over the last 2 days, and many moreover the last
month. It's been a good winter training, we look forward to start with outdoor
training on Monday!
Training alone, boring, but necessary. (I miss
my Sk8skool students.)
(Squatting on the ball with a 18kg weight vest and 36kg in hand weights = 54Kg)
13 February 2011 Some facts are surprising...
December last year, Sk8skool and
Inquisitive Photography, made a winter
photo-shoot, it was minus 4 degrees, a crisp cold winter day with winter sun
shine, and we skated until after the sun went down. Here's the first image
for you, just as a teaser of more to come later... hope you like,
6 February 2011 It's all about Mads and Michael!
Today Mads Eriksen (1st year cadet) and Michael Deleuran (1st
year junior) were selected for the national squad. Congratulations to both of
them, they have deserved this because of their dedication to training AND
because both of them have successfully changed their life-style, their focus and
the mental skills. Well done to both. The next step is to re-asses their
goal setting for this coming summer season, we'll talk tomorrow and
"up-prioritise" the national team qualification races in April and May; Gross
Gerau, 3 Tracks, and Heerde Skate Off. To date Sk8skool have 4 skaters on the
national squad, this we are very proud of.
5 February 2011 This is Inline!
23 January 2011 Næstved International Indoor Grand Prix
Even though Sk8skool had not prepared for competition so early in the season, it
was still a successful weekend for most of the students. However the most
stunning performance came from Mads Eriksen who won 2 races in support of his
overall victory in the cadet boys class. A fantastic weekend for a boy who has
only been "in training" for less than 2 years. Other notable good performances
were Naija Olsen who skated her heart out in the relay with Asta Thorgersen.
Well done Naija! Asta had a good weekend in her individual races, only being beaten by 2 top class
German skaters. Michael Deleuran showed he has worked hard and disciplined
himself this winter. He looked sharp and ready and skated well in all races.
Oliver Lindenskov had a return to form after a difficult period before
Christmas, but he seems to be on the right track now and is improving almost
every week. Nichlas Åkesson came on the podium in the Youth class and again
looked promising, he's really improved since last summer and proved he is ready.
Nick Volter had a bad weekend, but he has learnt from his experiences, he is new
to the sport and needs some race experience (which he got this weekend). Look
out for him in the very soon future, he'll be back with the right wheels, the
right expectations, the right tactics and more experience.!!!
We are very happy with the results, especially considering ALL
our skaters (except Mads) are "1st year skaters", meaning it is their 1st
year in their respective categories, so they will still be in that same age
category next year also. It looks like 2011 will be a good year, but 2012 might
be simply AMAZING!
9 January 2011 Happy New Year, training continues
Today we skated on ice, it was very bad, very slippy and dangerous. Maybe we
should have had ice skates on instead! So after just 2km we decided to go for
"plan B", we went in to the "Movement House" at Gerlev and did some fun games
with stability and core training. The atmosphere was great, even though
the training was hard. The game was a lottery of exercises from our off-skate
and stability program. Including the "fire-alarm" random sound where upon we
should all run to the pull-up bars and take 5 pull-ups. Great fun, thanks guys.
The serious training video here: And
the "not-so-serious-training" video here:
25 December 2010 A Christmas present for you all
While on holiday in Egypt we developed a ".pdf" download for you guys. It's our
stability and core training program. Click on the picture of Sara to go to the
Danish download page, or on the picture of Sooty to go to the international
download page. It will take a long time to download because of the high quality
pictures, and it is 27 pages. But it's worth the wait. Have fun training!
10 December 2010 Nichlas is ELITE
Today Nichlas moved up on to the ELITE team in Sk8skool. He has
worked hard for the past few months, and the last few weeks he
has shown determination, skill, team spirit and raised levels
of will. He has thoroughly deserved his place on the ELITE team.
... NOW the hard work begins! ;) Congratulations to
11 November 2010 No News is good news
No news in
Sk8skool since September because we are just training training training. All is
going well, no problems, motivation is high and the hard work is under way,
winter miles and many strength training repetitions. It's not that fun, it's not
that interesting, but it is "gettin' the job done". See you on the start line in
April, fit for fight. Right?
However, next week - Skate Ramp Park, VO2max Test, Tabata Madness in the
swim hall and more... :O)
12 September 2010 Oliver won in Zemst
the track in Eppegem was something Oliver liked, the track is technical
demanding with banked curves. After an hour where Nick and Oliver tested the
track, and wheelsthey found
the right combination before the races started. The club president Jaak Troch
told that the boys in Reko Zemst had said “Oh no, we have no chance of winning”
when they heard that Oliver competed, because they remembered him from
them that he liked the track and in the first race (a money reward race) he took
all the spurt rewards plus he came in first with more than 50 meters ahead of
number 2. Nick fought with the rest of the pack and ended as number 8 in the
first race among 12 skaters. In the Cadetten Jongens there was skaters from
Belgium, France and Denmark. Second and last race on the track ended like the
first with Oliver way in front of number 2 and this time with Nick as number 6.
started with rain, on a closed circuit in Hombeek. As they went around the
circuit for warm up it was obvious slippery, very slippery. The rain stopped
before the road was washed clean, so as the races started the road was still
very slippery in the corners. To save time to make the circuit dry out, the
girls and boys raced together so the group was 26 skaters. The race started well
and all skaters paid attention to the wet corners. On the last lap in the last
corner Oliver felt, he lost grip in the tarmac and crached. Even though he was
fast on his feets again his lost his firstplace and ended fifth among the boys.
Nick ended first. A scratch was to be seen by a paramedic, but Oliver did not
want to have plaster on. Second race was again a money reward race, and Oliver
once again showed he was superior and took all the rewards. Oliver also helped
Nick advancing during the race and took the spurts for himself. The best girl
also learned to follow Oliver so they raced together. Third and last race was a
short race and because Oliver had not taken any firstplaces he hit the front
from the first lap and spurted so nobody could follow. He got the last and final
victory on road.
reward gave 2,- Euro each, and the overall winner also received 10,- Euro plus a
nice cup. Nick ended as 4th overall and was rewarded with 7,- Euro.
Besides money and rewards the trip also gave many new friendships, especially
the Reko Zemst skaters would like to see Oliver competing again in 2011, like
this the invitation was announced at the prize giving.
1 Sept 2010 Nick rolls in!
Another new member for Sk8skool ELITE team. Nick
Volter successfully passed his "test days" in Sk8skool, he starts on his 1 month
trial period today. Nick is a 13 years old (Cadet 1st year) and skates for
Næstved Inline Club. He's not been skating long, but has made very good progress
in skating already. He's got a background in Basketball which gives him good
strength, balance and co-ordination. We enjoy his presence at Sk8skool training,
he fits in the group well, and shows he has the desire to do the "necessary
work". See Nick's profile
15 August 2010 Oliver wins in Zandvoorde!
Today was a great day for Oliver Lindenskov, and for Sk8skool.
Put very simply, Oliver won Zandvoorde Grand Prix! There was a high standard of
competition, with a total of 16 medallists form the recent EM in Italy, and many
more national team members. Oliver looked very strong all
weekend, he finished in the top 3 places in EVERY race, and he won 2 of the 5
races. There were over 30 boys in the competition, his main competitors were
Gerri van Lingen from Holland and Tim Seigl from the German National Team.
Before the final race all 3 boys were equal for the overall competition. They
all had 8 points from 4 races. Whoever won the last race won the overall!
It was VERY exciting and Oliver was obviously very nervous. But we had a talk,
and made a plan. Oliver dealt with the pressure very well. (The pressure comes
mostly from himself inside.) He stuck to the plan, was confident in his decision
making on the track and executed his tactic with expert skill. He hit the
front with 1½ laps to go, then just hit "full gas" and no-one could come past
him. This was a 'composed' and 'precise' performance from a young athlete who
has worked very hard and REALLY developed his talent over the past 2 years. He
is really growing both mentally and technically, as well as tactically. We are
all so proud and pleased for Oliver. He has earned this win! Well done
Naija, Michael and Mads all skated well, all finishing
"mid-pack" which is a great development and a successful international result.
(Remember only 6 months ago they were all 'B class' on a Danish level, now they
are 'A class' and racing internationally.) So we are very pleased with their
performance, dedication and attitude to the "development tour" we embarked upon
this weekend. Unfortunately Mads took a bad fall in the last race, a German
national skater fell immediately in front of him, Mads tried to jump over him
but caught his skate and landed badly, he has broken his arm, and all our
thoughts and care go out to him. We wish him a speedy recovery.
I raced in the senior men's class, but "wow it was fast!". I
was 20th overall before the last race, but then had to leave to get my flight
home. But my main goal was to finish with the pack on the road race which is
notoriously hard. I did that! and I finished 16th out of 67. I am very pleased
with my performance considering I am 20 years older than some of the other
skaters in my race. It's fun to race and feel the speed and excitement, even if
I'm not as competitive as I used to be.
The trip was a very relaxed trip, there was some nice social
times, time for fun and laughter and even some shopping!! (skate wheels, skate
frames and skate bags of course). I would like to say thank you to Lis Deleuran, Pia
and Gert Lindenskov for their help and support. It's the support from the
parents that makes this all possible. This group of skaters and parents were a
delight to be with! Can't wait until next year....
8 August 2010 Sk8skool hit the
Today was "Troldeløbet" in
Næstved. It was a great training race for us, we just skated as
a "change from the usual" and enjoyed the day. Even though our
students are only Cadet and Youth skaters we were able to
control the race at the front and skated at the front as a team.
Great practice for these young skaters. I won the race by just a
few centimetres, Sara (Sk8skool Assistant Coach) was the first
woman, and we had 6 Sk8skool skaters in the top 10. (including 1st and 2nd Cadet
boys, 1st Youth boy and 1st youth girl) ... A nice "day off" from training... but still skating fast.
6 August 2010 European
Championships 2010 - Italy
Patrick is 1st year Cadet skater, so is mainly there to
learn the scene and get experience for next year. Patrick who has only raced 3 times internationally before.
Patrick finished 14th in the Time Trial. It's
great to see they are getting in the top half of the results
table at this early stage. Well done guys, we are proud of you!
I would just like to mention
the great performance that the Danish Team has made this year,
Sara Bak made two 5th places and Nikolaj Helmsøe had some top
10's also. But I would especially like to mention Stefan
Schmidt, he took silver in the points race and the marathon. A
truly GREAT performance as a 1st year Junior skater.
Congratulations to Stefan and his coaches!
Patrick in action on the track in the 300m
18 July 2010
Colombian Inline Clinic - IFK Göteborg
We (Naija, Asta, Patrick and
myself) just arrived home with smiles on our faces and new
information in our heads! The Inline Clinic was informative
and fun. The most focus was on structure of race preparation,
content of training and specific exercises for speed, endurance
and strength. The racing we took part in was great, the track
was smooth, fast and very technically challenging. The Colombian
skaters were very fast, and showed the difference between
Colombian racing and European racing. It was a great thing for
the SK8skool students to see and experience at such a young age.
We will certainly be planning our winter strength training, and
our competition preparation after te Colombian method. It's
exciting, racing specific and challenging.
In the free time we had we saw
some of the beautiful city, visited many cafés and saw the Tour
de France on TV (of course).
On the last day we all took a
"training tour" along the beach cycle path, about 30km, in to
the city park in Göteborg, then we had a picnic and relaxed.
Thanks to Monika, Ivan and Leo for making such a great event.
26 June 2010 National Road
Today were the final part of the
Danish Championships, on the roadtrack in Næstved. There was some
exciting racing and close finishes as normal, but there
unfortunately some prominent names missing from the line-up in
several categories. None the less SK8skool had a very
profitable day again winning 14 medals, including 11 golds.
The most powerful display was by Asta Thorgersen and Oliver
Lindenskov, both winning 3 golds each (all their races) in the Youth
Girls Boys categories. Nikolaj Helmsoe (VARK)
dominated the Cadet Boys category with ease, while Mads and Michael
fought hard, only just missing out on medals this time. Naija
returned to racing after a knee operation and proved she is worthy
of racing as an 'A' skater, it was National Champs AND she hasn't
done any serious training since April 30th. She got better and
better with each race,
(1000m line 6th, 3000m point 5th, 5000m elimination 4th)
gaining confidence and the feeling of the skates again. She showed
aggression, good passes and the will to fight, it was great to see
Naija do this for the first time! Johannes (Sk8skool KIDS) won
all his races in the Maxi Boys category! Myself, I was quite
satisfied with a gold in the 1000m and a bronze in the 10,000m
This year Sk8skool has won a total of 52 medals at National
Championships and 29 of them were GOLD! :O))
Well done guys, you earned it in the training sessions.
Sk8skool Top 3 Results:
1000m line 1st
2000m point 1st
3000m elimination 1st
1000m line 1st
3000m point 1st
5000m elimination 1st
1000m line 1st
10.000m point 3rd
12 June 2010 National Track
It was a cold weekend, and showered occasionally, but the track was
perfectly prepared so it was clean and thus not too slippy. A big
"THANKS" to the supporters and helper from SIK and others.
a total of 19 medals; 10 Gold, 8 Silver and 1 Bronze
Medals form the National Championships. We are very proud of
the skaters performances and dedication to training hard.
The results in the right hand column show the medals. In addition
to these fine results, Tore (Sk8skool Masters) has been improving
through dedicated focus and attention to detail. He won all his
races in AK40B, congratulations to him. Christopher was able to
follow the older boys in Ungdom and managed a fantastic 5th place in
one race. Michael, in his FIRST A race, did better than expected,
followed the pack and gained a 6th place. Nice.
Patrick only raced in the Time Trial because of a broken elbow
sustained in training last week. Even though he had his elbow taped
up so it wouldn't move, and with a "kids rollerskate protector"
on his elbow he was able to win the 300m race by half a second!
I would like to mention that in my humble opinion, by far the
best lap of the whole weekend was skated by Oliver in the Ungdom
relay. Oliver had a difficult weekend, the first day he was on the
wrong wheels, then he changed to MPC Road War and got a 2nd place
only cm's behind Philip from VARK. But in the relay Oliver REALLY
found his form. Each turn he catching gaps and skating well. Then on
the final lap he had a 10m gap to catch and only 1 lap to do it in.
His lap was perfect, stepped up the banking, hit the apex and
accelerated out and again up the banking, his straight away steps
were punchy but effective technically also. He showed determination,
poise, aggression and a strong will to win in just one important
This ended in Oliver charging down the finish straight toward
the finish line and diving for the line against Gustav and winning
by about 20cm. (picture below) He really showed what he
is capable of when he gets his head right. "Poetry in motion!"
Sk8skool Top 3 Results:
300m TT 1st
500m sprint 3rd
2000m point 1st
3000m line 1st
3000m line 2nd
300m TT 2nd
500m sprint 1st
1000m line 1st
10.000m point 1st
30 May 2010 Crossfit Olympic
At Sk8skool we believe the
coaches should engage in continued education in Sports and training
methods, both physical and mental. This weekend Head Coach of
SK8skool, Sutton Atkins, completed the "Crossfit Olympic
Lifting Certificate", in Copenhagen. The course gave great
information, both practical and theoretical, about functional
movement, biomechanics and techniques to safe and effective lifting
and thus strength development. it particularly focussed on use of
the hip complex and how effective proper hip explosion and extension
can be. This education was the perfect partner to last years "Crossfit
Instructor Level 1 Certificate" in Belgium in August.
This is certainly a good basis for when the Sk8skool ELITE team
start their strength training programs on 1st October. You can see
our depth of Sports Education below:
PGCE Physical Education,
Teacher Training Degree, University of East Anglia
Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors - Sport,
Nottingham Trent University
A Levels in Human Biology and Physical Education
Crossfit Olympic Lifting Certificate, Copenhagen
Crossfit Level 1 Instructors Certificate, Belgium
DGI træningskultur - Inspirationsseminar
Dartfish Video Analysis Software Training Course
Dartfish Video Analysis Software Training Course
Volleyball Level 1 for Teachers
EBA Basketball Full Coach Award
British Gymnastics Teachers Award - Trampolining
GCSE PE for NQT’s – Keynote Education - London
UK Athletics Teaching Certificate (Secondary)
Basketball Inset Day, Catholic Partnership
NQT Training Day, Wet Weather/Top Skills
Hockey Coaching Certificate KS 3/4
BG Extra Curricular Gymnastic Teachers Award
LTA Nestlé Key Stage 3/4 Module, Tennis Coaching
Football Association Teachers Coaching
Outdoor Adventurous Activities Course KS 3/4
ECB Cricket Leaders Award 1
Preliminary Hockey Umpiring Award 1
Community Sports Leaders Tutor Award
GCSE Moderation Day, Eaton City Norwich School
NCF/GBHI Coaching Award Scheme level 2
NCF/BFRS Coaching Award Scheme level 2
Basketball Association Assistant Coach Award
International In-Line Skating Association Level 2
Football Association Coaching and Education -
16 May 2010 Gera International
Again I am very satisfied with the
efforts of the SK8skool students. They seem to be progressing nicely
and had good results this weekend in Gera International Criterion.
Asta made the podium in a fantastic 3rd place. She just seems to get
stronger and stronger! Congratulations to her. Oliver raced VERY well in the long distances getting a 3rd place in
the elimination race and a 2nd place in the points race. Great
results guys! :O) Your coaches are proud of you.
Unfortunately the Sprint Cup was washed out in the rain, so Patrick
didn't get his chance to show what he can do. But he made a
good showing in the 1000m taking 11th place (and remember he is also
a first year Cadet.) Oliver teamed up with 2other skaters form the
Talent Team and won the relay final! Congratulations to the Talent
Team coaches and the 3 guys!
The other Sk8skool skaters are fairly new in the sport and are
talking all their internationals as a learning experience. They
enjoyed the weekend and learnt a lot and look forward to each new
experience. (They have said they are already looking forward to the
WINTER TRAINING so they can come back to these internationals and
"kick some ass"... GREAT ATTITUDE! :O))
8 May 2010 Nadine visits Sk8skool
Sk8skool MASTERS member Nadine Currie is visiting Sk8skool HQ right
now. She is visiting for 2 weeks to learn the techniques, training
methods and philosophy of Sk8skool and to get to know the SK8skool
ELITE members. Nadine has been working with Sk8skool by
internet coaching (Skype video calls, email, messenger, YouTube
video swap and more) until now. During the 2 week trip to Denmark I
have tried to give Nadine a "toolbox" of information, drills and
techniques that will be useful to her in the next few months in her
training and progression as an athlete. We have had many discussion
about training theory, training planning, skating techniques, race
tactics etc. We've also looked at many many videos, both of
Nadine skating and of some of the worlds best skaters. But I am sure
the most valuable sessions have been skating with the Sk8skool ELITE
team, fun, hard and informative training for all of us. We really
enjoyed to have Nadine here as our first international member and
25 April 2010 Gross Gerau
Gross Gerau competition was a very high level. However Sk8skool
students performed very well. The weekend started with the Sprint
Cup, Patrick Sørensen sprinted well and got 7th place (as 1st year
Cadet!). This meant he qualified for the national Team for
European Championships. Congratulations to Patrick!
Lindenskov showed that he has learnt how to control his head, AND he
has learnt how to race tactically. In his first race he was second
and very close to winning it! He also picked up a 3rd place and 6th
place. This gave him a fantastic 2nd place overall on the podium
(see picture below!). We are very proud of Oliver, and he should be
proud of himself after all his hard work and dedication to training.
Asta Thorgersen crashed in her first race, so unfortunately didn't
finish that race and was officially recorded as number 26 in the
field. But then she had 2 great top 10 finishes; 6th and 8th. Well
done Asta! This gave her 12th place overall. Mads Eriksen and
Michael Deleuran both competed in their first international
competition, they found this challenging but had a great attitude
and in the 'C' final managed to pull off a great bit of team work to
give Michael the win. Well done guys.
I myself raced in the Senior Men Elite category. It's 14 years since
I raced in Gross Gerau, it was GREAT to be back there and competing.
The level was World Class, with Joey Mantia, Bart Swings, Matteo
Amabili, Scott Arlidge, Ferre Spryt and many more professional
speedskaters, and it was clear I lacked pure speed. I felt strong
and my condition was good, I finished in 55th place overall out of
118 skaters. I was dissatisfied with my races Sunday, but at my age
(39) I think my result was ok. I feel the whole of Sk8skool just
lacked SPEED. We will now work on finding faster asphalt and higher
quality training in the future weeks, maybe including motor pacing
and downhill top speed exercises. Overall it was a great
weekend, and we look forward to Gera International Criterion in 3
11 April 2010 Sk8skool KIDS is a REALITY!
Congratulations to Johannes Neerup-Pedersen and Nichlas Åkesson. After 3 "test
training days" both boys were today invited to join Sk8skool, with Sk8skool KIDS
membership offers support to those young kids that show just the beginning of a
burning desire for Speedskating. And these two boys certainly showed THAT! It's good to start early, but only with
an "introduction" to serious Speedskating at this young age. Sk8SKOOL
is a training group, that allows time for Personal
Coaching, gives extra training opportunities, and offers personal support to
KIDS who show that they have a positive attitude. At Sk8skool we focus mainly on
technique and co-ordination skills while they are young, and prepare them for
sport and life.
See Sk8skool KIDS membership details
The Sk8skool ELITE team are very focussed on Gross Gerau International Criterium
right now, so training is fast and furious, and the coaches are very focussed on
the ELITE team. Thus the 2 young guys will start on Sunday 2nd May the week
after Gross Gerau.
5 April 2010 Good signs, but better
is to come...
Some good results so far from "Les
Trois Pistes" competition in France. Oliver 4th overall in Youth
out of 64 skaters, a good performance.
Asta qualified for the 'A' race easily, but then crashed in the
final. She finished 7th in her next race, but the n crashed in her
final race on the last day. But even with 2 crashes finished 29th
out of 75 skaters.
29 March 2010 5000 max!
Today Sk8skool's Facebook profile reached 5000 Friends, and this is
the maximum allowed by The Facebook system. Therefore we have made a
Facebook FANS PAGE, so you can now join as a fan o fSK8skool (this
has unlimited numbers) Click here to see our
28 March 2010 Cold winter = Grippy track
Today we trained on the parabolic track for the first time after the
winter. It's the first "hard-cold winter" since the track was
built, this has been good and bad for the track. There is a
little frost damage to the foundations underneath and some small
cracks appeared in the surface, but it's not too bad. However
the BIG news is that the surface is now much grippier than previous
years. This is what we have been waiting for. Now the track is
grippier, faster and can be used properly for more "open" racing,
easier passing, overtaking and gives many more possibilities of
"line" through the corners. NOW it's a real parabolic track.
The track is still a little bumps in places, and at high speed this
is very disconcerting. However with a little training and many many
laps in the legs it's possible to get used to this. It
certainly challenges the stability of the legs and core. We trained
for 90 mins, mostly technical training and "understanding" the
parabolic curves of the track, and the possibilities it gives. Then
we did stability training and Off-skate exercises on the asphalt
road-track. We look forward to the National Championships on the
track in June.
18 March 2010
43 days to go!
Only 43 days to go until the beginning of "Sk8skool KIDS".
membership offers support to those young kids that show a
burning desire for Speedskating. It's good to start early, but only with
an "introduction" to serious Speedskating at this young age. Sk8SKOOL
is a training group, that allows time for Personal
Coaching, gives extra training opportunities, and offers personal support to
KIDS who show that they have a positive attitude. At Sk8skool we focus mainly on
technique and co-ordination skills while they are young, and prepare them for
sport and life.
We have had 3 very successful 'try-out' days so far, then next "try-out" day
is Sunday 11th April.
See Sk8skool KIDS membership details
click on the picture below to see the Sk8skool kids flyer in full size. (Also
Sk8skool KIDS Membership 8 - 12 years
7 Marts 2010 Danish National Indoor
Firstly I would like to mention the
most important thing about Danish National Indoor Champs this year; what a
great atmosphere between the clubs, skaters and supporters! This is surely
a great development! DRsU Speed Committee, Judges Committee and the Club coaches
all deserve recognition for this. The Sports Committee and Ethics Committee have
worked hard to make our sport a pleasant place to be, and they have
SUCCEEDED! Congratulations to them ALL!
Sk8skool had a good weekend both in terms of results and in the
way that the skaters performed and behaved. Firstly, their behaviour and
sportsmanship was in my opinion perfect, and I am very proud of them for that.
Secondly they were determined, worked hard and raced smart showing their
knowledge and experience. They made only small mistakes and have learnt some
valuable lesson this weekend. They take these experiences forward to the outdoor
season which is just around the corner.
In addition to the "Top 3" results in the right hand column, I
would like to specially mention the relay results and Naija's improved
performance. Naija has been injured a large part of the winter season, and had a
knee operation only 2 months ago, this weekend was Naija's first race in "A
class" and she had some great results; 4th, 5th and 6th. This was a great
achievement and should be noted as a great triumph for her! Congratulations to
Naija. In the relays the SK8skool students did really well, in the final
it was Ods. (Patrick and Mads) versus NIK (Oliver and partner) .... Sk8skool
vs. SK8skool... guess who won? YES! SK8skool!!!
:O) The NIK team of Oliver and partner won in a very close finish.
Good job guys. In the girls relay Asta and Nicole battled for as long as
they could to stay with the IFK team, but in the end finished 2nd in the final.
A very good performance.
Sk8skool Top 3 Results:
Patrick (Cadet A)
500m sprint 3rd
1000m line 3rd
2000m point 3rd
3000m elimination 3rd
Mads (Cadet A)
500m sprint 2nd
Asta (Youth A)
1000m line 1st
1500m point 1st
2000m elimination 1st
Oliver (Youth A)
1000m line 3rd
2000m elimination 3rd
Michael (Cadet B)
1500m Point 2nd
2000m elimination 1st
Sutton (Senior A)
500m sprint 1st
1000m line 1st
3000m point 2nd
4000m elimination 1st
22 February 2010 Sk8skool tour to Germany
weekend 3 SK8skool students raced in Germany at an indoor competition. Here
is a short report from the trip manager Per Aagaard;
It was great to see the 3 sk8skool students in Germany, they skated the
track totally different to the other 117 participants, it was very obvious
to see at they had another view point over the demands of indoor skating. It
looked great and congratulations with the 2 first places and the 5th place.
Best regards, Per Aagaard
9 February 2010 Sk8skool Judo today!
Today was a big challenge for the Sk8skool students. Today we
were challenged like never before, we had to FIGHT, not just to train hard,
not just to win a race, but to physically contact each other and FIGHT each
other. With expert coach Martin Lykkegaard - centerleder
www.kampogkultur.dk, Pedagogic Diploma Education
in Sport from Copenhagens Uni, Judo Elite athlete from 1983 and 10
years experience with the Danish National Team, we were put through
many situations where we had to overcome our opponent with technique and
The aim of the training session was to make us better in "confrontation
situations", use our feelings as power, and battle "in the moment" -
to give 100% just for a few seconds or 1 minute. This will help us
with pressure on the skating track, and mean we are better prepared to give
100% of ourselves in the final sprint and find the "power feelings" at the
right moment. Aggression is a valuable part of sport, and essential to
winning, however only controlled and channelled aggression is useful.
Oh, ja.... it was
AWESOME fun also!
8 February 2010 ... and then there were 8
Today we welcomed Christopher Bruun, NIK,
in to Sk8skools' ELITE training group. Christopher is the youngest in the ELITE
group, but will turn 12 in 2 months. Christopher showed a great training
attitude and stubborn discipline in his 3 "test days". We look forward to
see Christopher grow over the next few months and years and follow in the
footsteps of Patrick and all the ELITE members. This means that the ELITE
training group is full, Sk8skool prides itself on PERSONAL
coaching, so we can not coach more than 8 ELITE skaters at any one time.
3 February 2010 Sk8skools network is
growing so fast!
SK8skool is only 7 months old, and has only
been on Facebook for 4 months and already has 3000 friends. It certainly
shows a lot of interest in the Speedskating Academy. We are very proud of the
reputation we have developed and look forward to grow even more.
2 February 2010 Sk8skool Values document
Sk8skool students discussed "training group values"
for 90 minutes last month and developed a values document. Click
here to see it.
1 February 2010 Tore joins the team
Today Sk8skool welcomed it's third MASTERS member. Tore Brynaa lives in Hillerød
and is the chairman of Rolling Vikings. Tore is aiming to improve his Berlin
Marathon time, beat a few "target people" in Denmark and generally improve his
technique, strength, stability and co-ordination skills through personal
coaching. Sk8skool aim to provide all Tore needs to achieve his goals and
even more. We are very happy to have Tore join our training group, he's positive
attitude and energy fit perfectly in with the rest of the group.
We have already set goals for Tore in 2010 AND 2011, as well as
intermediate goals along the way. Tore has already received his personal
training program and hast started with new forms of training. Tore's first
training session with Sk8skool elite was a great success and we look forward to
see him more in the future months. See Tore's profile
This leaves only one more MASTERS place left at Sk8skool, and incidentally
only one ELITE place left also. And with many applications for the
SK8skool KIDS training group starting in May, it looks like Sk8skool will have a
FULL HOUSE very soon. (16 is the limit: 8 ELITE, 4 MASTERS, 4
25 January 2010 Sk8skool 'KIDS'
Today was the launch of another development in SK8skool growth. We announced
that from 1st May Sk8skool will have an 'introduction' team called Sk8skool
membership offers support to those young kids that show just the beginning of a
burning desire for Speedskating. It's good to start early, but only with
an "introduction" to serious Speedskating at this young age. Sk8SKOOL
is a training group, that allows time for Personal
Coaching, gives extra training opportunities, and offers personal support to
KIDS who show that they have a positive attitude. At Sk8skool we focus mainly on
technique and co-ordination skills while they are young, and prepare them for
sport and life.
We have planned 3 'try-out' days so far: 31st January, 13th February and 28th
February. There will come more try out days in March and early April.
Followed by short personal interviews with the 'KIDS' and their parents.
Then the new Sk8skool KIDS training group will be selected in discussion with
the parents involved.
See Sk8skool KIDS membership details
Sk8skool KIDS Membership 8 - 12 years
16 January 2010 Sk8skool perform at
It was a great weekend for Sk8skool students
at the Næstved international GP. Asta Thorgersen won her Youth girls 500m race and was 2nd place in all the other
races only being beaten by an excellent skater form Holland (if Asta could dive,
things might have been different ;) he he he ) Oliver
Lindenskov had a challenging weekend in a very competitive Youth boys division,
but proved his class and speed in the relay, winning their race by
10m. Mads Eriksen managed a good 3rd place in his first "A class" race, not so
far behind Nikolaj. Well done skaters, you make your coaches
proud. See video of the relay
15 January 2010 Masters visit Gerlev
Idrætshøjskole - Home of Sk8skool
This weekend the Danish
National Masters Squad visited Gerlev Idrætshøjskole (Sports Academy), the home
of Sk8skool, for a training weekend. We started with stability training:
focussing on core muscles, holding the tension and spine in the correct position
for effective exercise. Then using the new found knowledge and skills we trained
a "circle training" using the fitness balls and BOSU boards. After a very
healthy evening dinner we had a Slideboard session. See video
here. It was great to see so many Masters
skaters really engaged and focussed on their training. The attitude was very
good, and they worked hard. Many Masters have now bought their own Slideboard
and are developing their skills and technique through the winter, it was very
clear to see!
Then we ended the first day with a cosy evening "get
together" and chat.
The next day we were up early and out on the road by 9:30, we skated 40 km with
focus on slow skating, holding good position and body weight transfer (which we
had practiced on the slideboards the previous evening) .... OH!...
and the last focus point was SURVIVAL! ;) It was -2 degrees, but the
road was only slightly wet and the team did a great job during the training.
Then it was back to Gerlev for a warm nutritious lunch, and then a short meeting
discussing "Masters issues". To finish off the weekend we then did 1 hour
"Off-Skate" training, then we were all thoroughly dead. Time for home!
It was a delight to be coach for this weekend, the energy in the group was
good and the 'work ethic' excellent. Thanks to all participants, I look forward
to next time in March.
10 January 2010 Sk8skool Gymnastics goes WORLD
Today Sk8skool Gymnastics had a guest coach; Morten
Zacho, earlier a "Verdenshold" gymnastics member and with a Masters degree in
Sport, gave the Sk8skool students a fantastic fun and inspirational 90 mins of
co-ordination exercises and basic gymnastic movements. We used the "air-track"
to learn body control, jumps, and somersaults. We even tried a full somersault
with a ½ twist at the end! It was great fun, challenging mentally and
physically. After 90 mins gymnastics we then continued with 45 mins
Off-Skate training. What a great day. We would like to say a special
thanks to Morten for bringing his skills and fantastic teaching atmosphere to
There are no pictures or video of the Sk8skool gymnastics this time...
We were all too busy with somersaults, other challenges and having FUN!!!
he he he he ;)
1 January 2010 NEW YEAR TRAINING
11:30am Sk8skool students were out on the road looking like bank robbers with
clothes over their faces to keep warm. 30km on skates then 40km on Mountain bike
was enough in the minus 8 degree weather. A great way to start the year!!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR
23 December 2009 What are holidays for?
With the Christmas holidays underway, snow on the
roads, and the weather decidedly wet, Sk8skool were out training for over 3
hours this morning. The mood was good and the group laughed and chatted
all the way. Nothing seems to be able to stop the motivation of these
kids! They keep surprising me again and again of how tough they are and what
they are willing to do to succeed and achieve their goals.
22 December 2009 Sk8skool Gymnastics!
SK8skool students (and coaches!) are developing their body co-ordination
skills, core strength and self confidence using gymnastics during the winter
Some of the winter training time we use on developing the students for the
long term future. Over many years coaching I have seen many speedskaters
(including myself) reach their limit because their basic "body control" and
"body feeling" is not developed enough. So in SK8skool we use many different
sports and challenges to raise the students sense of their own body and increase
their long term potential. This can only been done when they are young, so
I feel it is the right time to spend time on it.
... and watch out for "Sk8skool Judo" in February with one of the top Judo
coaches in Denmark, and ex-national team member, Martin Lykkegaard.
18 December 2009 Sk8skool Masters grows
Maria Carstensen will become the second skater to take up "Sk8skool Masters"
membership. Maria is Head Coach in Odsherred Rullerødder, she has been
skating and training with Sk8skool since some of the skaters in her club started
in SK8skool earlier this year. Her role was to be at some of the training
sessions to support the skaters from her club and to learn what their personal
focus points are and how to help them develop the best way possible. Also,
she should take knowledge from Sk8skool back to her own club training sessions
in "Odsherred Rullerødder". This has worked very well for her club
(Patrick is Double DM champion, and both Mads and Naija will now be A
skaters - and the club is less than 2 years old!) It has also worked out very
well for her, the "side effect" of her attachment to Sk8skool is that
Maria has improved her "flying lap time", indoor by 6 seconds in 1 year, and
improved her marathon time drastically. From the 1st January 2010 Maria
hopes that Masters membership will give her even more structured training, a
training program and goal setting so she can go on to achieve even more.
We look forward to see her race in summer '10. See Maria's profile
13 December 2009
MINUS 2 degrees
The winter training continues
in Sk8skool. There were high spirits and great positive atmosphere when we met
at Slagelse Skating Stadium today at 10:15 in the morning. But as we very
quickly realised there was ice all over the roadtrack. So we quickly
changed plan and went out on the road. It was great to get out and do some
REAL road skating. The Sk8skool kids did 30Km on skates and 35km on bike,
and the Sk8skool coaches and SK8skool Masters did 40km on skates and 70km on
bike. It was dark when the coaches + masters got back home. ... and
15 minutes later it began to snow!!! Great training, great
atmosphere, great fun. Thanks guys!
1 December 2009 Christmas is cancelled
Today Sk8skool Head Coach cancelled Christmas. The training will continue
in SK8skool through Christmas with indoor skating, Aerobic training on skates
and bike, stability training 'Sk8skool gymnastics, and off course lots of hard
'Off-skate' training. Of course all training is voluntary, but already
most of the students have said that they will be there at nearly all the
training sessions. It's great to get such support from the students (and
parents) even in the holidays!
18 November 2009 Sk8skool at the Skate Park
Today Sk8skool visited the Skate Park in Slagelse. It's important for elite
speedskaters to have good "All-round" skills, so today was a great opportunity
for the students to try something new and different. They challenged themselves,
and challenged each other. It was also a nice team building activity for the
Coaches to just "relax and have fun" with the kids. November is the
perfect time to do this, there are no races right now and of course the kids
should also remember how to have fun and not train hard ALL THE TIME. It was a great evening and everyone went home with smiles (and no injuries
7 November 2009 Sk8skool INTERNATIONAL!
Today Sk8skool went international and welcomed a new member to the Academy.
Nadine Currie lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada and races for the
skates for the Skate Farm Team. Nadine has been searching for
expert coaching and has signed up to the newly developed "Sk8skool Masters
membership" See Nadine's profile
here. Nadine is a Marathon/Ultra Marathon skater, her goals in 2010
range from marathons, New York 100km and Athens to Atlanta 150km race! Our
aim is to prepare Nadine physically, mentally and technically for the challenges
she has set herself.
Read HOW Masters coaching can work for you ...
5 November 2009 100,000 Hits on Sk8skool
Today the Sk8skool website received it's 100,000th
hit. It's a big milestone in the short life of a small Speedskating
website. There has been great interest in the Academy since the beginning with
hits from over 40 countries, from all over the world. Sk8skool has
received very positive comments by email, Facebook, MSN messenger and directly
by the website page. Also, serious applications to Sk8skool have been
received from Cameroon, India, Venezuela and Canada.
It's very exciting to be involved in such a successful project, and it is
very motivating that so many people show interest. We are very proud of the
coaching we are doing, and extremely proud of the skaters we have produced so
far (... and we've only just started!)
We look forward to the next race season with much anticipation.
1 November 2009 Michael Deleuran joins
Today Michael Deleuran started training with the
Sk8skool group. Michael said he was very proud and excited to be training with
us. He received his training program and goal setting and we discussed his
development in the future. We are glad to have Michael with us, he is a fun guy
and fits in to the group very well. Last week we all visited the Skate/Ramp park
just outside Slagelse, with over 30 ramps and a 4m "half-pipe". It was
great fun, and good for skill development. Michael was one of the best in the
group and shows talent on skates!
We are 7 Full-time students, 4 guest members and 2 coaches. This means there
is only 1 more full-time place left at Sk8skool. ... It's a great
atmosphere at training right now because everyone is so focussed on pure
speedskating! - "no games, just sport!"
Michaels profile will be uploaded soon...
14 October 2009 Already
over 1000 Friends!
Already after only 9 days on Facebook, Sk8skool has received over 1000 'friend'
connections. ... HELLO!!!! to all our new contacts :)
"Live to skate, Skate to Live!"
The power of Facebook continues to take over the world! You can see
our Sk8skool Facebook profile here: www.facebook.com/Sk8skool Enjoy!
14 October 2009 Sk8skool Spinning at FitnessDK
Each Sk8skool student attended a Spinning class today. Gerlev Idrætshøjskole
"Fitness Team" have spinning each week, and this week one Fitness student was
"Personal Coach" for each Sk8skool student. They were given advice on Bike
set-up, Pulse while training, body position, resistance and foot cadence. (They
also learnt how important a good atmosphere and high energy in a group affects
intensity.) After the spinning they were instructed in Technical lifts and
Olympic lifts, as well as core stability. It was a great afternoon of training
and coaching. The Gerlev Fitness students enjoyed the chance to coach, and the
SK8skool students enjoyed working hard in Spinning and learning some other
techniques of how to use their bodies.
12 October 2009 A Successful trip
The final outdoor race of the season for me (Sutton Atkins, Sk8skool Head Coach)
was the British Track Championships at Tatem Park in North London. The
track is fast, 247m per lap, asphalt and banked. The weather on Saturday was
dry, but on Sunday was typically "British" with intermittent showers, so
it made the track slippy for some races; especially the 500m final and the 10 km
I managed Silver medal in the 300m, but then Gold medal in the 500m, 1000m,
10,000m Points, 15,000m Elimination, and our team took Gold in the 5,000m Relay.
This brings my Senior Men Individual Championships to 33. I flew home to Denmark
a happy man, very satisfied with my training plan and preparation for this year.
Now I will take a well deserved rest from my own skating and training. The
Sk8ksool students have just started serious winter training, so I have a lot to
focus on... THEM! :O) Thanks to Sara, assistant coach for helping me
prepare for the Championships, keeping me calm and "getting my head in the right
place". Also thanks to her for taking over my coaching responsibilities while I
was preparing, and while I was away in London.
5 October 2009 Sk8skool on Facebook
Sk8skool has now got a profile on Facebook with pictures, videos and many
skating friends. You can see our Sk8skool Facebook profile here:
2 October 2009
Autumn Test day
Test day in the autumn was Thursday
24th September. Everyone was
a little nervous becuase they had invested so much time and energy in to their
training. Sk8SKOOL students tested well, the most improving their maximum oxygen
uptake and their threshold power. (Even the old coach). It was a very satisfying
day for everyone. See video of the test
results have now arrived (VO2max + Threshold Power): Sooty
65.7/445, Sara 42.0/200, Patrick
54.2/244.6, Oliver 50.1/165.1, Asta 48.2/161.6, Naija 46.2/152.8, Lars 55.6/385
It was a good development for most of the students, others
gained weight because they are growing taller!
1 October 2009Mads goes PRO!
After training in the dark, the rain, swimming pool,
dance studio, gymnastic hall, Copenhagen, Slagelse, Gerlev and training
very hard, Mads has decided it is EXACTLY what he wants. He's seen an
improvement in his skating in just 2 months as a Half-Time member and
Mads WANTS MORE! ... Mads has officially signed up to
be a Full-Time member, and we are happy to have him. Next thing for
Mads? Go pro??? ;)
Mads skates on the speed team in Odsherred club and is
a part of the Talent Team, he's 13 years old and will be 1st year Cadet
in the 2010 season.
...Who will be next to join the Sk8skool group and see
improvements in their form, technique, strength and understanding of
themselves and the sport??? Are YOU ready to join Sk8skool?
.... There is only 2 Full-Time places left before Sk8skool is FULL.
25 September 2009 Training continues... EVEN IN THE DARK!!!
Sk8skool training is continuing in the evenings in to the
autumn/winter time. Even the dark nights can not stop the enthusiasm and
motivation that the students have right now. I'm so proud of them, they
are just "in the zone" right now. It's great to coach them, and
great to train with them. :O) Well done Sk8skool, let's keep
it going all winter! :)
20 September 2009 Aerobic Capacity Training begins
Today summer came back to Denmark, it was 21 degrees and
sunshine, perfect! SK8skool started their winter training preparation
with their first "pulse controlled" Aerobic capacity training session.
This consisted if 1 hour skating on the roadtrack in Slagelse, with a 1
lap sprint every 5th minute, then straight on to the bikes for a 2½ hour
controlled ride (1½ hour for youth skaters). It was a great
session, at the end the skaters looked tired but satisfied with their
mornings work. Today I had the pleasure of coaching
(and not training) so for the cycling part of the training I was
coaching from a chauffeur driven car - "Tour de France" style :O)
13 September 2009 Sk8skool develops Aqua-Stability training
Today we trained stability with focus on
core tension and control of the 'transvers abdominus' and 'external
oblique's'. Just for fun we decided to do it in the swimming pool. This gave an
extra dimension to the training. The students said it was challenging and hard
but fun! :O) During the off-season and winter we will be making many
types of fun training that will give NEW and DIFFERENT challenges to the
students. Keep checking
back here to see video of Sk8skool's training trip to the Skate/Ramp
13 September 2009 Personal Development and Evaluation Questionnaire
This morning the students arrived for training, but were
shocked to find a "Exam style" classroom waiting for them. The
"Evaluation Questionnaire" was full of questions aimed at making them
THINK and find their own opinion about their sport, their training and
their goals for next year. Personal development is very important
to an athlete's growth, and in SK8skool we prioritize it highly. In
addition to regular "maintenance chats", each student will have an
official 'end-of-season' personal conversation with the SK8skool
coaches. We hope to challenge the students both mentally and physically
ready for hard winter training in preparation for next summers races.
9 September 2009
Core and Stabilisation training continues
Rudi visited Sk8skool again, with new exercises for core,
stabilisation and co-ordination. It's getting pretty challenging, but
the students are motivated to do their best. Some of the students
already report that they can "feel their body" better, and I myself have
a feeling of better power and acceleration on skates.
Rudi will visit SK8kool training on Skates on Friday to analyse their
"stability performance" on skates. We hope to see strengths and find
weaknesses we can work on this winter.
August 2009 Sk8skool Crossfit Instructor
This weekend I was in Brussels at an American air force base
on a "Crossfit" Instructors course. This was a part of my
continuing education at Gerlev Idrætshøjskole, and I am very
thankful for their support in sending me on this course. The
weekend was extremely informative, teaching us about
movement technics, mechanics and intensity. We had 16 hours
of lectures, physical workouts and practical skill sessions.
It was a very hard intense weekend, I'm totally exhausted
and very sore in some muscles. With new inspiration and a
better understanding of movement mechanics combined with a
new outlook on intensity scales, my aim is to pass on all
this training knowledge and experience to the Sk8skool
students (and the Gerlev students). ... Oh, and I will try
to pass on the sore muscles to them also :)
12 August 2009
Stability is HARD!
Rudi's second training session with Sk8skool got mean! :O)
The next step in core stability and stabilization training
was much more difficult than the "introduction" last week.
We were mentally exhausted after the session, and physically
it was challenging to the smaller muscles that we didn't
even know we had before. It's really great to learn
new techniques, understand more about the body and learn to
make more efficient movements. Our plan is to develop a new
Speedskating training circuit, specifically designed for
core stability, co-ordination, body control and strength. It
will be available as a .pdf download on Sk8skool.dk soon.
6 August 2009
Track in Copenhagen - Sk8skool Test
Today Sk8skool coaches tested the new track in Copenhagen.
VRK have worked very hard to make this track happen.
Congratulations to Sune Jensen and all of VRK! Another
great development for Danish Speedskating.
The track is 200m asphalt. The surrounding area is filled
with other sporting facilities, football, basketball,
parkour etc. Everything is built to a very high standard
with good quality. The shape of the track is excellent, the
corners are not too sharp and the banking is quite high to
hold you in the corners at top speed, but it is still a
technically challenging track! It's something in between
Gera and Zandvoorde tracks. The asphalt has good grip
and is fast. The only small problems are the "undulations"
or "bumps/holes" in the asphalt, but Sune Jensen from VRK
says these are just "teething problems" and will be sorted
out before the first competition on the track. This is great
news, as this track has great potential. See video
5 Aug 2009 A
Sk8skool made a very successful start to their stabilization
training today. Rudi Hansen brought new ideas and a mass of
information to the training. We spent 2 hours focussed on
core stability and "feeling our body". We all agreed it was
a great training session and our heads were tired due to the
concentration necessary to learn the new skills. Rudi gave
"homework" in the form of core/breathing exercises. He will
test us next week to see if we have learnt to do the
July 2009 Zandvoorde
Sk8skool students Oliver Lindesnkov (NIK),
Patrick Sørensen (Ods.) and Asta Thorgersen (NIK)
answered the call to race in Zandvoorde International
Criterion this weekend. It was a hard weekend but there
preparation in training paid off as the other skaters got
tired, Sk8skool got stronger and each race we got more and
more comfortable with the track. There was 6 races in 3
days (between 1000m and 5000m), plus a relay for the boys.Overall results were good;
was an amazing 3rd place in his first international
competition, Oliver a good
11th as first year ‘youth’. Asta is also
first year ‘youth’ and struggled in the beginning but
by Sunday was in the pack and battling well. She was 19th
overall, a performance that shows there is more to come
from this young girl in the future with a little more
The boys relay was the most exciting race all weekend,
Patrick raced with Oliver as NIK relay team. The race
was mixed category so that they raced with the Cadets,
some of them were over 3 years older than Oliver! There
were 12 teams in 2 heats. First 3 teams qualified to the
final. The boys fought REALLY hard to keep up and
eventually came 2nd in the heat…
and so to the final.
After only 6 minutes rest, the final started, the
battled again trying to follow the big guys, doing really
well, the finished 4th in the final and were
totally exhausted but proud of their effort!In this race all 3 boys showed 2 things….pure
talent and determination. It was great to see such
personal development in athletes like this.
coach Sutton Atkins raced in the Senior mens class just to
re-live the “good old days”. It’s 18 years since he
last raced at Zandvoorde but he said it ”was fantastic
to race there again”. He especially enjoyed the night
racing Friday, the atmosphere was great! He got 11th
overall and was 9th in one of the races. “I
was very satisfied with that, but even more satisfied with
the way that I raced, and my movement on the track was
“pretty good for an old guy”. ‘His
motivation to race was to show the Sk8skool kids how to
prepare for races, how to move on the track and how to use
tactics in the races.
While he was racing, Sk8skool assistant coach Sara
Aagaard gave commentary to the Sk8skool students
explaining why I was making certain moves on the track
etc.A great learning experience for Sk8skool students.
the evaluation meeting the Sk8skool students said they
were positively motivated and ready for a hard winter
training in preparation for summer 2010.
23 July 2009 Zandvoorde calls!
Some of the Sk8skool students have decided to travel to Zandvoorde, Belgium
with their clubs,
for the international Criterion on banked track. It's
a club trip, the students (as always, will race for their
clubs in their club skinsuits). We hope to have a
good time and experience some great racing. The Sk8skool coaches will travel to Holland
afterwards to skate on "Summer ice" and on a USA style
indoor floor. Then travel back to Zandvoorde to watch
the European Championships.
21 July 2009 New Coach
- Rudi Hansen
Sk8skool welcomes a new coach. It is planned that Rudi Hansen, "Stability and
core training expert", will visit Sk8skool once a month to help the students
learn about stability, learn to FEEL their body and teach them better
balance/stability/co-ordination and a greater understanding of their body. His
first "Stability/Co-ordination" clinic will be on Wednesday 5th August.
Educated in 2002 from Næstved Physiotherapy College, has since
worked at the clinic in Kørsør as well as being physio for among others Slagelse
premier league women's team in Handball, and the Faeroe Islands national team.
Rudi has since taken the Danish Physiotherapy education in Sports Physiotherapy,
Kinetic Control (stability training) and many more courses in manual therapy.
We look forward to his visits....
20 July 2009
students tested well today, all students increased their
VO2max and Threshold power. (Even the old coach) A very
satisfying day for all.
July 2009 See USA
shows live feed from USA Indoor Nationals. Click
here to see.
15 July 2009 Sk8skool welcomes
a new member
Mads Eriksen (Ods.) joins Sk8skool as a
Half-Time member. Mads is talented and has a great "work
ethic", good attitude and always has a smile. We are glad to
have him join the training group. There are only 3 Full-Time
places left in Sk8skool.
14 July 2009 50,000 HITS !
50,000 hits on the Sk8skool website.... Wow that's a lot of
interest for a small speedskating academy in Denmark.
Including hits form 19 different countries!
01 July 2009 Sk8skool
Original members are:
Sutton Atkins (me)
is the coach and
is assistant coach. We look forward to train together and work hard toward gold
27 June 2009
Sk8skool opens in
Vallensbæk at the Danish Championships with a group warm-up
and plenty of smiles.
20 June 2009
Sk8skool develops a
With the addition of Asta Thorgersen and Naija Olsen it
means the value of Sara Aagaard as the Assistant Coach
approached the Danish clubs, some parents and friends...
almost ALL agree it is a GREAT idea, they will support it.
So I start to plan, build the website, design the skinsuits,
logo, training plans for the students, set up agreements for
testing every 3 months, work out an agreement with Gerlev
Idrætshøjskole, build slideboards, make off-skate programs,
set goals, target times for skaters, pictures, posters,
brochures... this was A LOT of work. I only
accomplished this due to the help and support of the parents
and Sara Aagaard. 1000 THANKS to
March 2009 The seed grows
SK8skool seed has been growing in my head, and although I
have doubts about the concept, I go forward with organising
it and planning. The training is going well, the group
has a great feeling, we are focussed, work hard and achieve
success. However, the concept of a skating ACADEMY is very "DIFFERENT"
February 2009 The spirit of
skating lifts us all
together and more people want to join us, Patrick comes
training. All our friendships grow and we enjoy training
together, there is great atmosphere in the group and even
though we are all in different clubs it goes well. The
training group continues to grow and it is obvious it is
necessary to make this more formal and organised.
January 2009 A spark of light in
Saturday morning in January 09, myself and a friend were
out on a long long cycle ride in the dark grey cold Danish
winter, the rain was going sideways, and the wind was
blowing us nearly backwards, we were hungry and exhausted
but we still kept chatting to each other, keeping each other
going... and we got talking about the training group that
was growing around us. He said "it's like we have got a
little school for skating, he he he" (... and
the Sk8skool seed was planted in my head)
January 2009 Here comes Oliver!
Lindenskov comes training with us just for fun, he did well, we enjoy
having him with us, so he comes more often.
Autumn 2008 A favour for a
A parent sked me if I could give
his son a little extra coaching occasionally. We did
this, I enjoyed it, he enjoyed it, so it became regular.
He became faster and was good enough to train indoor with Sara and myself.