I need to start with a friendly picture.
That’s so the most notable thing about this post isn’t the set of spectacular falls that I have had in the past few days.
One was yesterday, when I caught my pick on the ice and did a nice body slam onto the ice. The entire rink reverberated, then went totally silent. And then I heard a voice say, “Are you okay?”
Actually, due to my entire body’s contacting the ice at once, the impact was spread out pretty evenly. Aside from a bruise on my knee, only my pride was hurt. And these days I have little pride left, so it’s okay.
Today I was putting away groceries in my kitchen and I stepped on the shopping bag, slipped on a loose jar of hoisin sauce, and went flying. Kaboom! Okay, it was the elbows this time.
I think an excess of gardening might be making me klutzy. I got a little carried away relocating a number of hosta plants around the yard, and letting my inner weed-control-freak make its yearly appearance. So now whatever isn’t bruised is officially sore.
And it’s only Tuesday!
But on the bright side, I found some great music to pull weeds by. How could you not like three clarinetists all named Ottensamer?
And even with all that, I had a great lesson today!
- back crossovers: send force back into (outside) ribs/back rather than (outside) hip, upper body slightly into circle
- underpush exercise: from standing, push under using just the outside edge (back) skate.
- Viennese mohawk set up: left outside, right outside, left outside into mohawk. Use change of edge to direct edges, not upper body. Lean of upper body should follow feet
- back outside to outside push: don’t use too much upper body and hip motion–just flip skating heel out to push.
May 24, 2017 at 8:21 am
Klutz? Ha, you have nothing on me: D3O knee pads, elbow pads, hip pads, tail bone pads, flex-meter wrist guards, Ice Halo HD–and that’s just to get me from the bench in the lobby to the rink door! Now if I can somehow incorporate bubble wrap for my chin and nose, life will be complete.
May 24, 2017 at 9:31 pm
That is so funny, George. I can just imagine wrapping my bod in bubble wrap, and the multiple popping noises as I do another belly flop!
May 24, 2017 at 3:18 pm
I feel your pain, Jo! I had a spectacular fall yesterday where I slipped during a salxhow takeoff and landed forward on my knee! One nice bruise later, here I am. Looks like we are leading parallel skating lives this week. I’ve been doing lots of underpush exercises too! Here’s to fewer injuries and strong underpushes!
May 24, 2017 at 9:30 pm
Oh, ouch, Eva! It must be a conspiracy to test our resilience (not to mention the strength of our outside edge underpushes!)
May 30, 2017 at 6:41 pm
At least one of the falls was off the ice, so you can’t blame skating for all of your falling risk. As you’d already discovered, the kitchen can be a dangerous place! I fell pretty hard today, too, not as hard as your body slam but I got both my wrists flexed to save me just like you are not supposed to do. No harm done, but maybe on to Amazon for a new set of wrist guards.
May 30, 2017 at 8:16 pm
Oh, ouch, Mary! Hope your wrists are okay. Good thing you had guards on!
May 30, 2017 at 7:16 pm
Mary! Flexmeter wrist guards! Better than oven mitts!
May 30, 2017 at 8:17 pm
Wow, those look pretty powerful too! Good for intimidating the younger set on public skating!