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Postby aaron » Sat Feb 18, 2006 3:18 am

This site is great! I have to say I'm fascinated with the sport. When I heard about skeleton coming back to the Olympics it made me crazy. I have always done everything head first. You’re going to laugh but skate boarding, wake boarding, snow sledding, etc.

I am very very tempted to give it a try. I have always been a fast short distance sprinter. Years of soccer, football, and pole vaulting. I was the fastest one on the soccer team from my sophomore year on. I also understand the importance of shifting body weight. I wrestled for 13 years. The trick is committing to it. Own my own business, married, and three kids... life is pretty full right now. Trying to talk myself into it...

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Postby oschiro » Sun Feb 26, 2006 4:50 pm

aaron,
my name is eric, sounds like we are in a similar position, kids and commitments but want to give this sport a go. I am a competitive triathlete and ultrarunner with a good body composition, 5'10" 165lbs but fear I may lack the sprinting power to be quick at this. I wonder if that can't be trained though. Thoughts?
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Facinated

Postby aaron » Sun Feb 26, 2006 7:15 pm

Eric,

I would think speed and short distance sprinting would be something that could be learned. It probably has to do with the right kind of training. I am picking up a new sport this summer cycling. One of the things I am going to throw into my training is sprint workouts. It’s still very different than skeleton but my hope is to build leg strength and quick muscles.

I found a couple of years back some speed training on the Houston Texans website. I haven’t looked at it in a while but here is a link to their training manual. Look on pages 38 - 43.

http://www.houstontexans.com/fitness/pd ... 010703.pdf

also

http://www.athletes.com/fun/trackandfieldwork.htm

On another note a friend and I are going to go to Park City UT to do three runs. I guess it costs $150 for those runs. They have it tuned down for the public. Supposedly you only get up to about 45 mph. But it should be a nice taste for no experience. We are talking about the weekend of March 11th. I can hardly wait. It’s funny to the guy I'm going with likes to talk trash, so game on!
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