We (Tora and I) had a Russian skii coach in high school who called that "modified" skate technique "V1". Not sure what that means, but just letting you know there are terms for these things! V2 would be... oh here.. .I wiki'd it!
Gear 1 (also known as diagonal V, single-poling, coach's skate or granny skate): Similar to the classic herringbone but with a short glide on each ski. This technique is hardly ever used in racing (an exception being the very steep climbs at the end of the 2007 "Tour de Ski"). As the name indicates it is often used by coaches or weaker skiers, both in training and racing.
Gear 2 (V1, Offset Skate): Slightly off-set double-pole on every other leg. Used mostly for hill climbing.
Gear 3 (V2, 1-Skate): Double-pole on every leg. Used on the flat or moderate uphill.
Gear 4 (V2 alternate, Open Field Skate, 2-Skate): Double-pole on every other leg. Used on the flat or downhill.
Gear 5 (V Skating, Free-Skate): Skating without using the poles. Used exclusively on downhills at very high speed.
Glad to see you guys are out skiing so much, sounds like you're having a good winter! Wish I was out there with you!
I'm not sure sam has a catagory for what she was going... hehe... j/k ;)
yep, gear 1 is what I was talking about - "for weaker skiers" :) although 5 think 5 did all the others as well!