I'm an adult skater with a few years experience and I feel generally comfortable on skates. I've noticed that I'm quite slow and I often feel like I should risk more and just go for it. Some elements just don't work slowly, like you can't stand still on a bicycle. I think part of the problem is that I don't feel confident enough about braking and if I don't feel like I could stop quickly than I'm wary of gaining more speed. I envy people who can do hockey stops, showering snow all over the place I can only do snowplow and t-stops, but not effectively enough. I feel like I will just dig the blades into the ice and fall nastily when braking at high speed.
Do you have any tips how to get faster and how to control that speed?