Back on the Ice

So, I got back on the ice today, for the first time in almost 7 months.

First steps

First steps

The last time I skated was April 26. I was in a group lesson when I fell on a spin and broke my wrist. Ouch. It was the first time I’d broken a bone since I was 2. I had surgery on May 5, and I’ve been off the ice since. First I was in a plaster cast, then a soft splint, then I was doing occupational therapy.

For practical reasons, I hadn’t planned on starting back until January. But I missed skating. And then I found out my daughters’ skating class is having a family skate day on Sunday. I didn’t want to do that without having skated beforehand . . . So, I went to the rink today.

Me at the rink

Me at the rink

I was nervous to get back on the ice. Yet at the same time, I couldn’t wait! At first, my body didn’t really want to cooperate. My hamstrings and lower back were saying, “Wait a minute, what are we doing back out here?” But I kept going, and gradually the muscles started to loosen up.

I did forward crossovers and back crossovers and mohawks and three-turns. Even practiced my pivot a little. Toward the end, I got brave and did a hop or two. 🙂 It’s going to be a while before I try any jumps or spins, and I’m nervous about falling. Really nervous.

But you know what? I already can’t wait to go back.

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4 Responses to Back on the Ice

  1. Jenny Morris says:

    Be safe, Claire! I really enjoy reading your blog.

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  2. George A. says:

    A couple years ago I busted my right radius while doing a 7-step Mohawk combo in my weak direction: http://agingskater.blogspot.com/2012/03/small-bump-in-road.html (and related posts). I was off-ice for 5 months but told myself I had unfinished business out on the ice. I’m still skating. You’ll be back soon!

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  3. I’m happy to have discovered your blog today– there aren’t many of us adult skating bloggers! I hope you are well back on the ice now. Are you wearing any protection for your arm? I wear knee pads and often head protection, lately the arm injuries I’ve been hearing about have been making me a bit nervous.

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    • tinyskater says:

      Hi Mary, thanks for checking out my blog!! I am still in the process of getting back on the ice. This month, I’ve been trying to skate twice a week. I’m back to doing crossovers, mohawks, and 3-turns again but haven’t progressed to jumps. We’ll see how it goes. I haven’t been wearing any protective gear yet, but I may in the future, as I find I’m still pretty darn nervous out there.

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