Today I had only 45 minutes to skate before going to see the Orthopedic surgeon to get a "status check" on my sore knees. The good news there is that my knees are holding up pretty well considering I had 2 arthroscopic surgeries 32 years ago. He said my bones look great after seeing my X-rays. My diagnosis for the pain I sometimes have after skating (also walking, biking, skiing, climbing up or down stairs) is Chrondomalacia Patella which is basically cartilage softening. His recommendation: Keep Skating !!! But also to take it easy on days when it hurts or won't recuperate the next day. Wear a knee brace on days that I plan on doing extensive jumping (ha ha ha) and to keep taking Glucosomine supplements (I drink Joint Juice every day) and Calcium + Vitamin D (Costco and Trader Joe's have chewable supplements).
I ran through my Moves in the Field today as my initial warm up. I wanted to see if I could execute them if I showed up to the rink for testing without a prior warm up. I was able to get through them, but I was not as fluid I would have been if I warmed up first.
Afterwards I ran through a few jumps and worked on (slow) spins, trying to center them more. I worked on my back spin and think I found a correction. It really seems to help to cross the free leg over right away. I have been trying to keep it to the side like a simple scratch spin trying to find my center before attempting to cross the leg over and I cannot center it. I just fall onto the back of my blade (dangerous). I didn't capture that on video, but I will the next time I practice.
The video below shows some edge work and trying to learn a twizzle.