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Old October 4th, 2017, 02:04 AM   #1
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Default to switch or not to switch to racing skates

Hi. I skated for a few years (mostly commuting around) and I just tried inline skating marathon (NYC 2017, 1hr 48min). I have Maxxum 90 (rigid boot cross training skate). How much speed will I gain if I switch from cross training skates to racing skates? What are cons? Where can I train in NYC? What skates are better - 3 wheelers 125mm or 4 wheelers 110mm?
thanks a lot!
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Old October 5th, 2017, 05:16 AM   #2
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Congrats on the race - NYC is a relatively difficult course, too. I know the Brooklyn Speed Team has regularly scheduled practices on the same Prospect Park course. The Empire Skate Club does weekly street skates, some of which can be fast or long.

The speed boot vs fitness/cross-training boot question is much debated here previously, and it really depends on what your goal is. The speed boot provides no ankle support, so it takes a year or two of frustrating skating and coaching until your ankles muscles get strong enough to last for a marathon.

Definitely 110mm or 125mm wheels will roll better than your 90mm wheels, especially on rough pavement. With speed boots, the bigger the wheel, the stronger one's ankles must be, so the right wheel size is a tradeoff for each individual skater.

The main manufacturers now have skates that combine a fitness-type boot with large wheels. Since the boot supports the ankle, there's no reason to compromise between wheel size and ankle strength. Some of the 110mm ones have brakes available, I don't think any of the 125mm ones do, if that matters for your commute.

There's often someone on big-wheel fitness skates that finishes in under 1h30m, ahead of many people on speed boots. So a speed boot is not strictly required to be competitive at that level.
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