Q: Are there any technique tricks that I should try to facilitate striding?
A: I always find that starting with dry-land drills to gain balance on flat ground is easiest when trying to learn how to stride. It sounds like what you are describing with your skis tracking all over the place is there is a failure to complete shift weight from one ski to the other. When we don’t shift our weight from side to side and can not control this transfer of weight, we have incomplete weight on one ski or the other which causes instability in those striding skis.
By building balance and coordination on dry-land first, we can develop stability in our ankles and proper movement patterns to hopefully transfer over to skis.
You’ll find several striding drills in the CXC Academy video library that can help with developing good striding mechanics. These drills don’t have to take up an entire workout but beginning a session with 15 – 20 minutes of drill work can help you build correct patterns to take in to the rest of your workout.
Hope this helps and good luck with training going forward.
– Andy Keller, CXC Academy Coach