Yes, the injections and physical therapy have restored knee bend that I haven't had since I was 14. But I still have habits that rely on muscle memory from when I didn't have knee bend. So mixed bag here.
Madam Mim has me do one of her 'little exercises'. "Let's look at your power. Take one stroke onto an edge and see how far you get around the hockey circle."
So, it's a simple little exercise. The hockey circle provides a measure of the distance I can skate, so I can see how I'm improving.
Old knees, I can get 3/4 of the way around on a good day, with a run up to the stroke
New Knees: All the way around both edges (thought LFI is the weakest) without a run up to the stroke.
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Song: Celebrate (Kool and the Gang)
Then Madam Mim teaches me a strokeless inside edge exercise. The exercise looks like a traditional edge serpentine, but only one quarter to one half the size.
As you get to the top of the arc bring the free foot forward and simultaneously bend and rise on the knee. This 'pumps' power into the glide. Effectively, it's a 'strokeless' stroke. Timing has to be perfect, I can only do it half the time, but working on it.
When you get to the line, step onto the free foot, and put the former skating foot to to heel. If you did the 'strokeless' stroke properly, you won't need to take a stroke to maintain forward motion.
Fans of compulsory figures with recognize this as the leg swing in the 3 circle serpentines.
I can see how this could lead to power pulls, but still intimidated by them.