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Old September 12th, 2013, 03:42 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by Armadillo View Post
Skating at decent speed outdoors requires ONE FOOT down at a time, steady stroke skating for 90% of the time (coasting downhill or resting time excluded).
One foot pushing, yes. One foot down, no. Recovery time is less than stroke time, especially if you do a double push. You might be able to convince me that you are on one foot 50% of the time, but 90% is extreme. Also, most falls happen when you go over obstacles or lose your balance for another reason. When you see dangerous obstacles or start to lose your balance, your natural reaction is to put down both feet and stop pushing until you are stable again. So you are on two feet during the most vulnerable times, even if you are on one foot during a significant part of normal cruising.
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