How much skating should you do?




How much sport specific training should you put in to your training program?  (i.e. How much skating should you do compared to cycling/strength-training/stability/core/conditioning etc.)


As I am sure you are aware, the answer to this question depends on many factors: 


  • Current volume of training

  • Period the year (Season, Pre-season, etc?)

  • Age

  • Recovery rate

  • Experience on skates

  • Skill

  • Specific weaknesses 

  • Training patterns and weekly programming

  • Genetics


So how do you decide? If you train only one day a week, then you should obviously be skating during 100% of your training sessions. I.e. You should skate one day a week.  But if you are training 12 sessions (15-20 hours) a week (like a pro) then it is quite possible that you are only on skates 30% of the time; 4 sessions (5-7 hours). (all dependant upon the time of year, and the training phase). 


We've made a general guide (below) for you, but if you have ambitions or goals then it would be best to get objective advice from a professional coach. 






You can get more advice like this in our E-book "Intervals for Speedskating" which gives example summer and winter programs. 


Or of course, contact us for personal coaching designed specifically for YOU. 


Let's go faster.

Coach Sooty



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Thomas (44) Marathon

1:22 to 1:07 in 3years

2 hours less training per week than before.


Maria (45) Marathon

1:38 - 1:12 in 3 years

No increase in training hours


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1:42 - 1:28 in 8 months

Only been on skates 18 months!


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1:19 - 1:06 in 2 years

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1:25 - 1:02 in 2 years


Mike (45) 10 mile

35 - 31min in 1 year



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