FAST skating out there this afternoon.
Swat! Swat! Swat! downward with the poles. Skis leap ahead. The arms, shoulders and lats are up and running now, in what passes for mid-season form for me.
Curl the obliques slightly with each pole stroke in V2, to stay over the gliding ski without a big torso swing. It's sort of a mini torso swing. The curl helps direct the energy straight down into the ski. At least that's how it feels to me.
Quick feet. Other people's frozen ruts can grab a ski. Be on one ski or the other.
I have no idea what the genuine experts advise. I can only tell you how it feels. Figuring out things for yourself is most of the fun, as long as you know enough basics not to endanger yourself and others.
High-tempo fun this afternoon. And what will tomorrow bring?