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)