On The Edge... Again

The last time I skated regularly, you needed 2 pair of skates, a scribe and skated patch. Triple jumps were almost unheard of, so were Bielman spins. Twizzles were only done by ice dancers and Ronald Regan was just elected into office.

Fast Forward 32 years. Starting January 2, 2012, I am back on the ice doing something else that was unheard of .... Adult Figure Skating. We had "coffee club", which was like adult swim, but there was no opportunity for testing or competition.

It has now been 8 years since I got back on the ice. I have not competed since 2016 , but my blog is still going. My YouTube channel has over 1600 subscribers. That’s just crazy!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Pairs Practice and "Ice Follies"

 So I'm home after a nice birthday holiday in Sunriver Oregon with my husband golfing.

Back on the ice today… A little fatigued and… Still injured.   My injury is an unknown at this point. I'm pretty sure it stems from pair skating.   The injury is in my back muscle or it could be a bruised rib or it could be???

Without being too graphic; my bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction ( implants ) rearranged my latissimus dorsi muscle… Disconnecting  a portion of it and pulling it through  my armpit and attaching it to my pectoral muscle.

Engaging either of these muscles creates  tension all the way around my chest to my back ....  It is described as wearing an "iron bra".  That's what it feels like anyway .  So naturally skating pairs requires many moves that pull on both my arms and add pressure into my armpits etc. I don't know  exactly when I did it, but I have either pulled or torn or bruised something and it won't go away. It's sensitive to the touch, it even hurts when I'm sleeping on the soft mattress. I haven't gotten diagnosed yet, but no matter what it is .....I'm sure the remedy is going to be PRICE. Otherwise known as protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation.  So far all I can provide is the ice ha ha.

 I knew my physical issues might limit my ability to do some of these pair  moves.  Hopefully it will not be something that I can't work around.  I'm having way too much fun skating with Hank and I don't mind a little bit of discomfort in exchange for the joy I get skating pairs .

....,  so add to that a clumsy fall today doing a throw loop jump. Then I got off the ice to put a Bunga pad in my hip and when I returned to the eyes I forgot to take off my skate guards.  Falling on my elbows be the pain in the other part of my body subside anyway.

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