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in: Cristina; Cristina > 2021-03-14

Mar 16, 2021 12:47 PM # 
I don't have any insight into your injury but generally speaking I find it surprising that skating is better the classic. Typically, the latter is relatively benign. The former having almost 2m long skates to coordinate typically is more problematic. Glad you could get out and enjoy the day though.

If there is a decent XC community out there you might be able to find ski exchanges with other parents.
Mar 16, 2021 3:45 PM # 
It wasn't too surprising to me that classic was uncomfortable but it was a bit of a shock as to how much it hurt. One of the pain triggers when I'm at home is when my foot slides out in front of me on the slippery floor (think Risky Business sock slide, only I'm much better looking than Tom Cruise), and that's basically what classic skiing is. I don't know if I understand the mechanics of what is going on exactly but basically my adductors are f'd up (they are overworked and now don't want to stretch out), so when I extend a straight leg in front or behind me, such as with running, they pull on my pelvic region and things attached on the other side complain. At least, that's how I understand it and that's what it feels like. At its mildest it is a light tugging sensation and when it was bad (after my four mile run in January) it felt like my uterus was going to fall out for a couple of days.

Interestingly I felt quite good after the skating on Sunday. This morning, after a day of light downhill skiing, things feel really good—I have zero pain doing even a lot more of the gentle adductor stretch I am supposed to do before running. I don't know whether it was the skiing or the fact that I have not been sitting at a computer all day, or maybe it's both, but I am curious to see how a run feels later today. I've also been diligent about exercises and rolling, though the tense adductors never feel any different after *I* work them, only after the PTs use their magic fingers.
Mar 16, 2021 5:52 PM # 
Maybe try inline skates instead of running for a bit?
Mar 16, 2021 6:34 PM # 
Yeah, doing other things is good for fitness (and sanity) and maybe also for recovery, but I’m also being encouraged to run a bit, both to give the tendons and muscles some light use to help them heal and so that I don’t hurt something else when I am able to really start up again. I’ve actually been way more hesitant to run than the PTs have been suggesting.

We did find my inline skates in the storage shed. I’m not a material engineer so it could be that I’m more skeptical than I should be that they’re safe to use after 10 years in a backyard shed in Tucson. A lot of plastic things that were in there disintegrated on touch. I also have death sticks. I’m a bit more tempted to use them after this weekend, though perhaps only after buying some padding for all my bony parts.
Mar 16, 2021 8:42 PM # 
I do like "Truckee-sized" as a unit of snow measurement, although 41" is one value which probably sounds more impressive in metric (it's just over a metre, or 104 centimetres if you put it that way).
Mar 16, 2021 11:09 PM # 
That is really interesting. During all the skiing I did with the big snow out here in Jan-Feb, the worst I hurt myself was with classic skis. Well, there was the fact that I had no idea how to skate ski at the beginning, too, but that got a lot better over the course of the winter and by the time I was done I didn't notice my back / abs yelling at me as much.

Now that I am ramping up the running, I feel it. I am off to the PT to talk about my SI joints, abs that wake me up at night), and everything else that is knotted (rectus femoris in a big way).

Here's hoping a bit of skate skiing worked some longer-lasting magic for you!
Mar 16, 2021 11:13 PM # 
The only death sticks I know about are the ones that Obi-Wan didn't buy. That's all Google came up with, too, until a few pages down where there was a construction hammer and some very spicy beef jerky.
Mar 17, 2021 1:47 AM # 
The death sticks are my (skate) rollerskis. I have only used them a few times because they are scary. However, there’s a lot of very smooth, flattish, zero-car pavement out here, so with a bit more protective equipment I would be game for trying them again.
Mar 17, 2021 1:52 AM # 
Sticks and wheels of pain and death.
Mar 17, 2021 11:10 AM # 
I too suffer from the classic hurts more than skate issue. I assume as a result of my hip surgeries. Striding causes my hips to rotate forward more than they like too? Not sure. Havent tried classic since last year, when I knew pretty much straight away but gutted out about 3 minutes.

I think skate is probably better for you as you are really only on one leg at a time, despite the range of motion you are going through. The stepping motion and weight transfer doesn't let you torque your core as much

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