Kick Scoot With Improved Efficiency – Ride The Glide

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Here’s a timely tip on how to kick scoot with improved efficiency.

I used to scoot on my Xootr with twenty scoots on one foot, then twenty on the other, at a tempo just under my fatigue level. My focus was on the tempo, on where I’d set my mental metronome for that ride.

Looking back, it’s the same approach as when I used to ride a bicycle, where I’d set the speed at which I’d rotate the pedals, and adjust the gears to a manageable work load.

How to kick scoot with improved efficiency

I discovered last week that a kick scooter is different. Utilizing momentum from the energy of each individual kick more closely engaged me with the ride, with resulting improved function and efficiency.

On trails where I am well acquainted with exactly how far and how fast I go with metronome- timed scoots, I found out that changing to a scoot by scoot approach, my total scoots were decreased 10% and my speed increased 8%.

Ride the Glide method

Ride the Glide.
Ride the Glide.

My “Ride with GPS” app used to calculate my speed at 6.0 mph to 6.6 mph. Using my new Ride the Glide method, my speed increases to 7.0 mph to 7.2 mph.

Here’s how to do it. Ride the glide of energy from each individual scoot before taking the next scoot. You’ll find yourself more intimately engaged in the ride, utilizing the magic momentum of a kick scooter which, it turns out, is quite different from the momentum of a bicycle.

What makes a kick scooter different from a bicycle?

It’s taken me four years of kick scooting to figure out what is the mystical attraction of it all that makes it so different from riding a bicycle.

It’s that when riding a kick scooter, I am more closely involved with the physical and mental process of the ride, which for me makes it all the more pleasurable.

Try it, and tell me if you notice a difference.

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Jonathan Kelley
Jonathan Kelley, 80, was born in Boston, and educated at Exeter and Princeton, then Harvard Medical School, after a year teaching English in Cali, Colombia. He was a Navy anesthesiologist during Viet Nam. He spent the middle decades of his life working in a community hospital in Northern California. Besides his career in medicine, he’s a chef, pianist, and actor in his artistic life. In the kitchen, he specializes in croissants and cooking with coconuts. At the piano, it’s boogie woogie and Joplin rags. As an actor, he’s done fourteen seasons in a Mexican Christmas play in Los Angeles, plus the occasional movie role, as in the soon-to-be-released feature film “Amor en 266 Millas,” where he plays the hippie patriarch of a desert commune in the Antelope Valley. He has two books available on Amazon, “Counting Backwards from 100: My Life as an Anesthesiologist,” and “Short Stories by Jonathan Kelley.” Searching for improved balance and leg strength at age 77, Jonathan came by chance upon a Xootr scooter. Jonathan’s wife is the lovely Puerto Rican actress Gloria Laino. Their mix is like Puerto Rican arroz con gandules served next to New England style cranberry sauce.

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