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Back From Injury

4 Dec

I finally stepped foot on ice today for the first time in 7 1/2 months. After a VERY long rehab (which is still ongoing) I decided it was time to try and skate even though I said I wouldn’t. I was terrified, excited and well…again, terrified.

I was going to write a really long blog post about my injury and recovery  but decided I would just make a little video of the last 7 months. Short and sweet.

Thanks to C. for taking the pics and video on the ice today. Hopefully there will be more to come in the future as I am able to skate more.

You’ll see that I’m pretty wobbly in the end videos but I have this huge smile on my face. Some things never change.



Happy Skating and Happy Holidays!






Oops, I did it AGAIN.

21 May

Broke my leg, AGAIN, that is.

I’m sure it didn’t look as dramatic as this but it is very close to how I felt.

The words “toe pick”  have a whole new meaning for me now though. For fans of The Cutting Edge … can’t you just hear Moira Kelly aka Kate Mosley singing those two words?

For those interested in the gory details, I broke my leg by catching my toe pick in the ice while doing a back inside three turn pattern in a lesson. My body kept going and my toe pick kept sticking until I wrenched it out of the ice and fell hard to the side. I didn’t feel the fall at all, just the foot and ankle wrench. This proves that having extra fat on your body is a good thing in skating as it completely absorbs the shock from falls. Butt? Chest? Tons of cushion. Leg? Not so much.

The last time I broke my leg it felt so much worse then this that I thought I might have just wrenched my ankle terribly. Nope, no such luck. I did much more than that. Note to all skaters: If you fall and think you broke or sprained anything have the boot removed from your foot immediately before you even leave the ice. I remembered that from last time and that was the first thing I did when I hit the ice. You can’t feel anything right afterwards so that is the best time to remove it. Otherwise, you are going to be in trouble with a capital T. As it was I had to cut my favorite skate pants off later to get them off my leg.

RIP favorite tight skate pants. Sniff.

So, it’s been about a month now since that fateful day. I broke both my fibula and the top part of my ankle along with tearing some ligaments. I had surgery 2 weeks after to stabilize the breaks (that sucked) and now, here I am, sitting pretty with a fashion forward black boot that I can pump up with a big blue button at will. It sounds awesome, I know, but trust me, it has it’s drawbacks.

For one, I can’t tell you how many times people have asked me if I hurt myself doing a triple axel. All non-skaters obviously. At first, I tried to explain exactly what I did and eyes would just glaze over. Now I save my breath and just say, YES, that’s exactly what I did, a triple axel broke my leg. So much more believable. It’s crazy, no one even questions it.

Now, it will be another 4 weeks before I can put weight on the leg and another 4-6 weeks before I’m out of my walking boot. Until then, I’ve invested heavily in what I call anti-anxiety & boredom medication aka beer. HA. Just kidding. Well, sort of. I temper it with food and this thing called ice cream. Extremely addicting. If anyone is wondering, Coldstone’s “The Pie Who Loved Me” is the absolute best. That pie loves me long time, people!

I do miss skating A LOT and my skating buddies. I miss flying around the rink and working on all those spins that I was finally figuring out how to do but I also miss that thing called WALKING the most. My arms are getting pretty ripped from those crutches though. That’s a plus and my left leg is super skinny. Sorry Kate Moss, my leg IS skinnier than yours at this point.

All kidding aside, I guess this is the risk you take whenever you play any sport especially one that requires sharp blades and a stiff boot. Right now, all I know is that I pushed myself to my limits this year trying to achieve everything I wanted to learn in skating, competed, tested and I did not hold back on anything (obviously ;)) I’m happy with that..for now.

Who knows if I will return to the ice after this break though. I don’t know. It’s an important question I’ve asked myself but it’s something I’ll think about later on down the road. Like, when I’m walking. Until then, that thing that looks like melted ice to us skaters… you know, the pool? Looks pretty darn good right now. I think I’m going to go try that for awhile. I’ll save the triple axel for later….and my legs!

To everyone else, happy skating this summer y’all!

Adult Skating: An Addiction to Pain

25 Aug

As an adult skater we assume we know the risks associated with skating. We assume that we are going to fall and we assume that we will accept those injuries, heal them, and then get right back on that ice and skate again. Sometimes as an adult we are riddled with skating injuries over and over again and yet, we still skate. Our legs ache, our ankles burn, our side hurts and we still skate. Yes, it is very much like a professional skater or any athlete except we’re older and there really aren’t any medals or fans. I’m not singing a sad song, its just the nature of the adult skating beast.

If you started skating after the age of 18 you are an adult skater and you know what I am talking about. You know and hear the stories around the rink. This one broke her leg, he broke his wrist, she sprained her ankle, she broke her arm and they go on and on. As adults we live very busy lives but yet still strive to skate and train like any of the kids. We still strive for that single or double jump (and yes, I said single jump). We are obsessed and we are riddled with the scars of trying to twist our bodies into strange and unknown positions for the sake of our obsession. Seems kinda silly, doesn’t it? Why would we do this to ourselves for a sport that is extremely unfriendly to adult bodies?
For that matter, young ones as well but I would say particularly adults as they are not nearly as quick to recover.

In my own experience I have had my share of falls, a broken leg, two fractured feet, a sprained ankle, etc. Now, I have a new injury to add to the collection: a lovely tiny bone spur which will result in arthritis eventually – a direct result of skating and undeniably, yes, the token of my obsession. Its a bone spur formed from a previous fracture on my foot from skating. Apparently skating makes it worse. Surprise, surprise!

This news was a little depressing given that I was just getting back into the swing of things, progressing in my program, and moving towards more advanced spins and jumps. Now, there will be no more skating until I feel better. Maybe 2 weeks, 3? I don’t know. I do know, that I can’t explain why I am so obsessed with a sport that is so obviously destructive to my body. Why not take up swimming? I think running is out of the question, as is dance from the ankle injuries. Why not bicycling? Why not something else less straining? As an intelligent adult my mind is practically screaming over the past 9 years: Hello? why do you do this to yourself? All this for a lutz or an axel or a perfect camel? It’s totally not worth it, so stop now before you break something else!

Then I think, but I love figure skating, I love committing to the challenge of perfecting that spin, of being able to express myself on the ice and yes, the element of risk just adds to the allure. Its addicting, its thrilling, and yes, skating just might be a drug that the sane adult in us should quit. But I just can’t quit and even though right now I can barely walk more then a 1/4 of mile without a pulsating pain in my right foot, I will be out there skating again in a few weeks or months (however, long it takes for the pain to dissipate) because I love it. That’s it. Plain and simple. Stupid, but there it is.

I love the feeling of skating on smooth ice, the feeling of accomplishment, and the feeling of comradeship on the ice. I love the hard work it takes, I love the smell of the rink, I love the feeling of belonging to a sport that is as beautiful as it is tough. Because there is no doubt about it, you got to be tough if you skate. Its not apparent how tough skaters are because when it is done right skating looks effortless but each and every skater has withstood all types of injuries, the likes of which any football star or basketball phenom would shudder in horror at.

I admit, I could be a little crazy, after all I am only 30. I have many more years in which to enjoy the fruits of my falls and breaks (which I am sure will not be pleasant) but in the end I know I will still say it was all worth it with or without that damn double.

I’m not saying all adults feel like this, but I would bet more then half would nod their head and agree. Its the adult obsession and determination that keeps us all out there on the ice. We keep spinning, gliding, and jumping despite our injuries and despite our hectic lives.
Why else would we do it? No medals, no accolades just a burning need to get out there and practice just as hard as anyone else for nothing more then our own enjoyment, self-gratification, and maybe just a little self-torture too.

Crazed Adult Skater below “Bring it on!”