I don't find my blades wet, I find them covered in 'rink snow' from the cutting edge to the top of the blade. I've never seen this on anyone else's skates
What's 'rink snow'? It's the shaved ice that skating blades create as everyone glides across the ice. You know how the more people that skate, and the longer they skate, it's harder to get a good glide? That's due to 'rink snow'.
|My snow coverage is much much heavier|
A coach told me that I needed to wipe my blades while I was skating to clear the snow build up. It makes a significant difference in my glide, spins and turns. But the question what Why? Why did my blades get so gunked up, and no one else's?
|It is a mystery! Let's examine it closer.|
Then I finally got serious about it and checked my blades for snow after each warm up element. Slalom.Nada. Swizzles.Nada...then...
When I did my alternating T-stops in warm up (about 10 times on each foot) my blades gunked up like they were covered with mud. Hooray! Positive finding! I wiped the snow off my blades and it was much easier to skate!
Did it solved my 'chopped' turns and spins? I can say that those don't get chopped as often and when they do, I wipe my blades just in case. It's not perfection, but it's a great improvement.
So is it worth it to wipe your blades in mid-practice? It certainly helps me. So it may be worth a try for you.