Just shy of four months I am back on skates! The last two weeks were difficult since I was given permission to skate by my PT, but hadn’t been able to actually go anywhere to skate. Finally, last night, I was allowed a brief 15 minutes of skating before practice began and it was glorious.
I was a bouncy, excited mess all day long, just knowing I was allowed to skate. I got to practice nearly an hour early because I didn’t want to go home. When gearing up, I had no idea what to expect. As I strapped my last velcro strap in place, I started to mentally freak out. What was going to happen when I stood up? Was I going to fall down? Could I balance? Could I stop once I started?
I couldn’t believe how easily it came back to me. The first few laps were a hot mess. I couldn’t balance very well and I was shaky around corners. But I was skating. After the first few laps I started giving it more effort. By five minutes in I was doing some truly ugly crossovers. At ten minutes they were looking pretty darn good. Speed was low and endurance was even worse, but my god I was skating again.
What surprised me the most, however, was that I hadn’t seemed to lose any of my agility. Granted what I was allowed to do was limited. But I could still make some pretty deep cuts across the track. I didn’t try any fast foot work or hopping. That was also forbidden to me. But I could change lanes, cut the track and corner. Yay!
Really difficult things turned out to be stopping. Which I was afraid of. I was limited to toe or t-stops, but my balance was not good on my left leg, which made it hard to put all my weight there in order to stop. I wanted to do one of my amazingly awesome turn stops but that was an absolute no-no as it requires a lot of torque on the ankles.
But I can skate. Not just as in I’m allowed but I can physically do it. I have to admit, there was a lot of mental concern about that. But it came back so fast.
Now the waiting game starts all over again. I’m not enrolled in the current session because I had no idea when I would be cleared to skate (turns out a week in). I have to wait for them to make a decision on a second session which probably wouldn’t be until late July or August. The waiting is so hard. Now that I’ve gotten a taste of it, I want back so very badly.
Post PT update:
My PT is extremely pleased with my progress. Go me! Which means we have added more lunges and more balance to my regular routine. Lunges, boo! I’m also allowed 20-30 minutes of skating a day working towards a 40 minute workout by my next appointment in three weeks. Skate on!