three of Merriam-Webster’s online definitions for “momentum” apply
to inline skating. Along with those definitions, here are some tips
and links to help you handle the kind of momentum that means the most
Speed: 1 : a property of a moving
body that the body has by virtue of its mass and motion and that
equal to the product of the body's
mass and velocity;
Beginning skaters need to know that a certain amount
of speed creates a type
of dynamic balance that makes it easier achieve certain skills. For example,
when fear prevents a relaxed pre-braking
coast, it's harder to balance well enough to engage
the heel brake.
a property of a moving body that determines the length of time
required to bring it to rest when under the action of a constant
force or moment.
From the Orbit archives:
Learning: 2 strength or force gained by motion or through the
development of events (impetus)
Learning momentum comes from frequent practice that builds
confidence and coordination. Newer skaters who take a long
layoff (during winter, for example) can lose much of what
year! Keep up the learning momentum by:
Other November 2005 Stories
About Momentum - Advice for both ends of the spectrum: skaters
who seek the thrill of downhills and those trying to avoid it.
Drills - Practice carpet skating to build memory in your joints,
muscles and brain for proper technique and stances.
Pole Tips for Skaters - Using ski poles adds confidence and a
feeling of security on steeper hills. Get pole training tips from
this excerpt from Get Rolling.
All Downhill From Here! - From the Orbit archives:
"With more machismo than skill, I ventured out the shop door and pointed
my skates down the crowded sidewalk," Dan recalls.
East Bay - Lafayette-Moraga Rail Trail - Gravity aids
momentum in this lovely roll past St. Mary's College, which glows
white in the winter sun against the lush grasses of Mt. Diablo's
We joined Zephyr
Adventures' Tibet Trekking trip in August. Words cannot express
what we saw, did, and felt in China, so we are sharing Dan's captioned