Crossover turns aren’t actually that hard. Once you get used the the idea of doing it. Just lift the outside leg up during the turn, move your weight in a bit, wait until you start to fall over and then step across yourself onto the other foot. Note this is just what it feels like, it’s probably completely wrong ;) It all felt far easier if I rolled my turning skate onto the inside edge. Useful balance practice for skiing as that’s the wrong ski and the wrong edge we’re talking about.
Backwards was slow going. I seemed to keep ending up with my weight too far towards my toes and feeling like I was about to end up flat on my face. Ah well, more practice required I expect.
Off to Victoria Park tomorrow to see what things are like there.