The biggest roadblock for a lot of new skaters trying to pass the WFTDA minimum skills requirement is the dreaded 25 in 5. You need to be able to skate 25 [EDIT: now 27 in 5] laps on a regulation WFTDA track in five minutes, with other people on the track with you. With time, and work, you WILL be able to do this, no matter what your starting point is. I promise. In a couple of years, you’ll wonder what the big deal was.
Please remember this while you’re working: Your size is not directly related to your speed.
Losing weight will not automatically make you go faster. Gaining weight does not automatically make you slower. Fatness and fitness are not inversely proportional. You can be skinny and out of shape, or fat and fast. Or skinny and in shape, and fat and unfit.
The point I’m belaboring is that you can’t make this about losing weight. You’ve got to make it about training. Okay? Is that a deal?
These things will make you faster for the 27 in 5:
- Strong leg muscles. You need to be able to keep your form together for 5 minutes. Each push gives you power.
- The ability to stay strong mentally. Believe in yourself, keep the right pace for YOU, and hold to it as your legs start to feel tired.
- Good form. Good crossovers will conserve energy. Be consistent and use keep each step and push efficient.
- Cardiovascular stamina and endurance. The harder you can work, the faster you can go.
If you work on all of these things, you eventually conquer the 25 in 5.
If you haven’t gotten up to 25 in 5 yet, what do you feel is holding you back?
If you have, what helped you get over the top?