Did a full hour of backwards skating this morning.
Watched a few videos but this is the one that really helped things click for me - Have a look at my leg first.
Sweeping one leg out and then back towards the path of the other, switching edges, allowing the leading foot to cross slightly, swinging back out, then repeating with the other leg leading and so on.
I'm not lifting my feet try, the way he does in the video, just snaking them across each others paths.
I found a flat secluded spot with large reflective windows where I can see what my feet are up to and look where I am going at the same time. This helped a bunch, once I stop looking down balance improves.
After I stopped clipping my heel and toe I moved away from the mirrored glass to concentrate more on where I was going and trying to control that a bit too.
At the end, I can flow that move continuously if occasionally still clumsily. It really started to come together when I was relaxed enough that I wasn't going to get tangled up. Once I reached this point I stopped thinking about how to do it and just started doing it and gaining speed too!
So, I can go backwards a bit. Definitely don't know how to go backwards, just can. Hopefully a couple more sessions should get me a bit neater so I can start to step into the crossover.
To finish - 10 minutes of crossovers at a good pace alternating legs each stride. A couple of good hard sprints the length of the beach to get the heart and lungs fired up.
I'm in Oslo with my girl 14 days from now. She hasn't seen me skate yet. A strong motivation is to be skilled enough to look at least as sexy on skates as I am off them by then.
Vanity though shallow in itself can lead to great things.
Shouldn't be a problem if I keep putting the work in and progressing like this.