|There's no place like home (ice).|
I know, I know, in today's subject line I'm stealing a favorite bon mot from NRP's famous Click 'n Clack, the tappet brothers. I'll go apologize during the intermission before the "third half" of this post... Today, Friday the 13th of July marks exactly four months since I broke my right radius. Last night I took my skates back to the rink's pro shop to have the blades sharpened and to get a couple of areas in the boots punched out that have been persistently annoying. After dropping off my skates, I poked my head in the rink and the new ice looked inviting. This morning I brought my newly received Flexmeter wrist guards to PT for show n tell. My PT lady like them, so that's encouraging. This afternoon there's a public session from 5:00 to 6:45. It's time to go find out how much I've gone backwards. I don't plan to do much beyond perimeter skating. We'll see.
OK, it's now 7:40 pm and I'm back from the rink. I was pleasantly surprised with how well my reintegration back on the ice went. After warming up I couldn't resist trying that 7 step Mohawk combo that brought me down and while it still sucks in one direction at least I didn't fall--so I can't report on how well the wrist guards are (yet). That's a good thing since I'm still not completely pain free in my right arm. After perimeter skating for 30 minutes I practiced inside and outside edges on one of the blue lines. Insides are not too bad but outside edges will need some remedial work! Oh, and for a public session the rink was blissful empty. I think there were maybe 6 people max and at times I had the ice to myself. Not a bad way to ease back in. After I came off the ice I tramped directly into the pro shop, still wearing my skates, and told the guy who'd punched out my boots and sharpened the blades that he'd done a great job! I told him to remember what he'd done when sharpening because I'll want them done the same way each time! A couple more sessions and I'll be ready to dig out my coach's phone number.