After weeks of treatment, I'm happy to say that I finally see light at the end of the tunnel. There are hours in the day when my fingers are no longer numb and tingly. The sensation of weakness in my hand is also getting milder when I swing my arms during workouts. All signs are pointing to full recovery in near future. Woohoo!
At any typical indoor practice, my club mates would probably find me exceedingly grumpy. I've been wondering about that too and I finally connected all the dots recently. The truth is, I am actually skating better than all my previous seasons at indoor. However, Monday nights are brutal in my training schedule. It is the tail end of a series of hard sessions starting from Saturday and thus intended as a recovery workout. Often times, my legs are so sore that I am doubtful of my ability to stay on my feet. It is frustrating for me when I do not complete the drill as instructed and appear like I challenge the coach's authority.
Despite fighting my Monday night fatigue, I did break into a smile that I could not suppress at our last practice. For the last set of the 25 lap drill, coach PD asked us to skate in the clockwise direction. If you remember, I rediscovered my right crossover last week when I went ice-skating at a public session. That muscle memory translated beautifully and I finally can crossover in the other direction with proper underpush! I was smiling ear to ear because of this small victory. I can see this being helpful in my road racing since many of the marathon courses involve multiple right hand turns. Last summer my typical approach was to glide my way through and accelerate out of the turn. It was a bit clumsy and definitely drained more energy than necessary. If I do not lose any speed with right cornering by next summer, I'll be one very happy girl.