Friday, January 11, 2013

Ice Ice Baby!

Back on the ICE!

For 15 minutes.

But I was doing forward stroking, crossovers, two foot turns.

Tried some 3 turns and a couple of mohawks. Weak and scary, but still I was back on ice. Fell once. Badly.

So, after 6 weeks off, I had trouble finding my edges, and finding the edges was really important. If I'm not on a good edge and perfectly on the right place on the blade, I don't have enough strength in my calf and knee to recover gracefully if I'm even a little bit out of position. For this reason, I'm not skating on public yet, just freestyle. The effort needed to avoid some kid who skates straight at me, terrifies me.

Even when I have a good edge and balance, I look a bit like a newborn bird flapping its wings. I'm all over the place.

Grumpy Coach, who was an elite skater from decades ago, glared at me. I greeted him as always in the Little Old Lady Way with a cheery, "Good afternoon, dearie."

He sort of grunted at me in an Eastern European language, then turned his back on me. There's just no making some people smile.

I blame communism.

Still, we have a suddenly open Saturday freestyle tomorrow (game cancelled). I'm aiming for 30 minutes on the Ice. Ice, Baby! On, the Ice!


  1. Yay! Back on the ice! Just be careful out there, no need to aggravate injuries. Continue to heal and take care.

  2. YAY!! I'm so happy for you. I hope it continues to go well.

  3. Double Yay! Wear some compression around your knees; it might help. I'll be sending you good vibes for your next skating session! Way to go!

  4. Your description basically matches what I was like yesterday morning after a similar period of time off, but without the excuse of injury! I needed to feel like my edges were stable or else I couldn't do anything.

    Glad to hear you are back on ice.

  5. Great that you're back on the ice! But don't forget to use the foam roller as it will help with your ITB which, in turn, will help strengthen your knees. Ibuprofen about 30 to 45 minutes before you skate is also important. The injections your doctor wants to give you is still something to consider.

  6. Yay! I couldn't be more rink has just introduced a late morning freestyle on Wednesdays that is, get this, "adults only." I could squee with excitement. 2 hours. 10 bucks. Starts at 9:30am. Perfect!

    1. Is that in Canadian? Cause I'm JUST SO EnViOUS!
      I pay $9 A HALF HOUR!