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the story of an invisible girl
I went skating during my lunch-hour today, for the first time in a couple of weeks. Point of trivia: it has been almost 2 weeks since the 1-year anniversary of my surgery. This is my first time skating since the 1-year mark.

I started out cold and stiff. Eventually I loosened up though, and I tried some back crossovers. The right-over-left back crossovers have always been my weak spot. I started doing them today though, and... "Wait, this doesn't hurt! What's wrong? I must be doing something wrong, this doesn't hurt!"

But I wasn't doing anything wrong, it just didn't hurt. Okay I wasn't wearing proper skating pants (not stretchy, so I couldn't extend as much as usual), but I think I still had good form. And no pain!

Well, at first. Eventually they began hurting again, as I continued to work on things. So it's not a miracle cure or anything -- but I'm better than I was! I'm stronger and more capable!

I did a little bit of jumping too, even some loops. Loops are hard because you jump off the right leg and land on it again. But I could do them fairly okay! I think my inflexible pants were bugging me more than my knee, on that move.

I even.... (drumroll please) ....tried some hydroblades! Successfully!! (I realize this post won't make tons of sense to non-skaters, so I apologize. I want to record it anyway. (It's kind of a pretty one-legged squat, backwards, on a curve.)) I used to have a GREAT hydroblade, but haven't tried a right-leg one since surgery. At first I used my other leg to help me down, but once I got there I could hold it fine! I also used both legs to stand up. After a few tries, I even was able to go all the way down on one leg! Couldn't get back up without the help of the left leg though.

I'm still afraid to try a spreadeagle yet... turning out my knee like that hurts, and I'm just not ready to even attempt it. Someday I will though. Oh yes.

So by the end of the session I was really sore but encouraged. I definitely feel improvement....much yayness!

Update: Silly me, I forgot I have a pic of me doing a (sort-of) hydroblade! This is the proper pose, although a "traditional" one is done backward and unassisted, which is what I was working on today.
(look close, and you can see the knee-brace on my right leg)

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thenisaid From: thenisaid Date: April 7th, 2005 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love your skating pictures. You always look so joyful.
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: April 8th, 2005 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
that is *so* true (:
From: 111466 Date: April 7th, 2005 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is TOO cool.
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: April 7th, 2005 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm really happy for you rennikins. Congratulations.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: April 8th, 2005 12:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Nice traps and lats!
jenx From: jenx Date: April 8th, 2005 01:38 am (UTC) (Link)
kevinnickerson From: kevinnickerson Date: April 8th, 2005 02:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Did you get a pair of skates retrofitted for inline?
ellison From: ellison Date: April 8th, 2005 06:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Awesome, that's so great!! That's cool to see a skating pic of you too. Looks like lots of fun! When I saw the pic, I thought, oh cool, I've seen skaters do hydroblades before! - never knew that's what they were called. Learn something new everyday. :)
_goodintentions From: _goodintentions Date: April 8th, 2005 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good job!!! I can't do a loop to save my life x.x I'm working on it SUPER hard though.
figure_skater From: figure_skater Date: April 11th, 2005 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay Skating!!! See you at tryouts... ;)
homeless_one From: homeless_one Date: April 17th, 2005 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)


Hydroblade has to put enormous strain on your knee. If your knee took that, you are probably close to fully recovered.

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