I saw quite a lot of tutorials about backward skating -- how to stop, start, turn, spin, crossover, crossunder, you name it. But no single tutorial show how to skate backwards in a "straight" line.
So my question is, assume you have to skate 1 km in a straight line, you no longer learning, it is not an edge drill or whatever, just skating. You have to be efficient (I am not looking for figure skating) -- so time is an important factor. Safety as well, in a sense, that with normal skating you have other skaters behind you (so it is not speed skating in reverse).
The most guys I saw skate in a mini-slalom fashion, they are zig-zaging backwards, without raising their skates off the ice. The trail would not look like
| | | | | | | |
/ / \ \ / / \ \ / / \ \
with their butt slightly waving from side to side.
I can skate the same way, but I am wondering if this should be my goal of best (efficiency) skating backwards?
I use ice-hockey skates, but I don't play hockey (and I won't be), I am looking to master ice skating perfectly for recreation, and fun.