Monday, May 30, 2016

Bloggable Moment! Power Pulls

I skated up to Gold Skater and said, "Hey, am I doing real power pulls?"

Because, normally I'm a Level II power pull skater. I do snakebelly wriggles and an occasional 'real' pull with edge change and speed gain (or at least no loss of speed). Or I think I'm doing a power pull but they're really just wiggles. I call these "deception pulls". My coach calls them "not a pull".

Snakebelly wiggles
There's no real change in edge
I start at the middle and skate to the boards. No loss of speed. Edge changes. Always just a little sense of danger.

Gold Skater nods. "Yes that's a real power pull with assist." (The 'assist' is that I hold my free leg out from my body to increase the impetus.) "Try it with your free leg close to the skating leg."

I admit the 'leg away from the body' is a beginner's power pull, so I give the 'grown up' version a try.

"You did it!" Gold Skater says. We high five.

"Now," she says, "Do the other leg."

The 'other' leg is not quite as graceful, but it's a real power pull that doesn't fade out,  and has clear edge changes. And also, that sense of danger.

"That's good too!" Gold skater says.

We high five again.

Two years I've been working on these! Two years! Finally!

And when my coach sees them she'll say, "Okay, it's time to work on your back ones."

Saturday, May 28, 2016

How to survive an injury

I went on a trip for business, and during that week Out Of The Blue, I developed iliopectineal bursitis.  I don't want to scare you, but this is the kind of injury/inflammation that can end a skating adventure. When rising from a chair or a squat, I would get a stabbing pain in my left groin, and the leg would collapse (and once  it collapsed while I was just standing in place).

If this doesn't get better on its own or with physical therapy(these usually works) there's limited options and a patient can end up needing a cane if cortisone and surgery don't work.  Fortunately, once I got home, it went away* and my doctor recommended ice alternating w/ heat and prophylactic NSAIDs before I skate.  So, it was with some trepidation that I got on the ice today. You know what I was thinking...

 Since I hadn't skated in a couple of weeks, it was a rough first fifteen minutes after I got on the ice, but I got the feel of skating again, and just started practicing all my old bugbears. My skills were just fine. When I was in the center doing two foot spins: They were amazing--solid, centered, on the right place of the rocker, no hesitation, four rotations, with nice exits. I don't think I've ever felt that good doing a spin. And my bad side mohawks were fine, and my hips didn't hurt at all.

But just to take care, I only skated 45 minutes. If the problem comes back tomorrow, I may have to seek medical care...again.

Then, in preparation for writing this post, I decided to do some research and came across this quote:
"The iliopectineal bursitis is frequently associated with hip diseases, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and sports-related injuries, especially when the pre-exercise warm-up is not performed adequately. It can also be secondary to pigmented villonodular synovitis, osteochondromatosis and pyogenic bursitis." source
Well, I guess I have to get serious again about doing my pre-skating XBX again!! I'd slacked off, and now I'm paying for it!

Well, yeah. Faceplanting at a 400 person conference will do that to you
* (I think the source of the problem was the SUV they rented. That thing was a tank to drive)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Skating Falls

What I want it to be like

What it's really like

That penguin is a cold little ninja