Technique > INTERMEDIATE TECHNIQUE
 

 
This page will probably be constructed last ... but here is a taste of what will be included.
 
The vast majority of race walkers are somewhere between beginners and top athletes.  They may be improving over time, holding their own, or showing some slowing due to age, weight gain, or other considerations.  They enjoy their race walking and try to take their training and racing seriously, but race walking is not their number one priority in life--and life has a way of interfering with race walking.  They know they will probably never break out of their role as race walkers of "intermediate" skills and speed--but many continue to try to do so.
 
Much of what they have learned about race walking has come from their association with other race walkers.  They read or watch information on technique, training, stretching, drills, etc. and, if they are lucky, they have attended race walking classes or clinics.  It has been my experience, however, that most resources focus on either what you should not do or on what top race walkers do.  There should be a middle ground.
 
I believe there can be resources created for intermediate race walkers who simply want to be better intermediate race walkers.  For example, according to most of the resources, a race walker should not walk flatfooted, and should roll from a heel contact (with the foot angled upward at 30-45 degrees) to a toe off (with just the tip of the toe touching the ground).  There is, however, a very wide range of techniques between "flat" and the perfect, double-support moment ... and most intermediate race walkers operate in that "between" world.  I would like to illustrate some of those intermediate, foot rolling techniques so that the average race walker can begin to make at least some improvement.  I would also like to point out, for example, that the quality of foot rolling is directly related to step rate.  It is as hard to have a double-support moment at a slow step rate as it is to water ski behind a row boat.
 
This "intermediate technique" page (or section) will try to help a large portion of the race walking population recognize what marginal technique improvement involves, and how to recognize when it has (or has not) been incorporated into an individual's peformance.
 
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