Monday: After a ten-minute warm-up, execute a series of one-minute repetitions to improve your balance and strength in each leg, skating easy for one minute between reps. Here’s the drill: (1) Balance on right leg while coasting, pushing off only when necessary. Repeat on left leg. (2) Slalom around imaginary cones
(every three feet) on right leg while coasting. Repeat on left leg. (3) Push off only with the right leg, balancing on the left. Repeat with left leg. (4) “Swizzle” — maintain forward momentum, keeping both skates on the ground by sculling back and forth. Work through the drill three times, skating easy for five minutes between sets.
Tuesday: After a ten-minute skating warm-up, do six three-minute intervals just below your maximum effort, skating easy for four minutes between intervals.
Wednesday: Confining feet to skates day after day will cause them to sprout blisters, so rest them with a running/walking routine. Warm up with five to ten minutes of easy jogging and stretch your legs for five minutes. Then, for one minute, walk in a squat, Groucho Marx-style, extending one leg in front of you
while keeping your thighs parallel to the ground. Jog for four minutes after each squat-walk to recover; then repeat. Do ten sets. “This is guaranteed to make you sore,” says Greenwald, “so be careful.”
Thursday Skate for 30 to 45 minutes at a pace you can maintain for the duration. As you improve and learn to hold your shoulders still, try tucking one or both arms behind the small of your back on long outings, which makes you concentrate more on your legs.
Friday: After a ten-minute skating warm-up, do five one-minute intervals, skating easy for three minutes after each hard effort. Then do seven 45-second bursts interspersed with two minutes of recovery skating. Finally, do ten 30-second sprints with two-minute recoveries. Bend your knees, swing your arms, feel
Saturday: Do a slow, steady cruise for an hour — a weekend tour up the bike path.