Rehabbing my left knee, which I hammered in a crash in the DH at the 2013 Master's Nationals at Big Sky. It was a Lindsey Vonn-type crash, and I walked away with minor league versions of the Lindsey Vonn injuries: crack in the tibial plateau, strained PCL, partially torn ACL and MCL, possible cartilage tears. I didn't know any of this until after the MRI, because it didn't hurt much and wasn't real swollen, so I played some tennis, did some miles on my road bike, and went to 3 more ski races before my orthopod saw the damage and started freaking out.
So now I'm on crutches and an unload knee brace, which is supposed to let the tibial fracture heal, I'll know when I go back to see the doc May 5. Probably no surgery on the ligaments, is what I think I'm hearing from the doc. I had cartilage snipped out of my right knee a couple of years back, that was no big deal, I was back on skis in 10 days, so if that has to happen, fine. If you hadn't noticed, Colorado has been getting some incredible April storms. Up until Saturday, I had 3 feet of snow in my pasture, so my rehab consisted of wading through the drifts, crutches and all, to feed and water my horses.
Let's say I pass the Litmus test on May 5: Then it's back to some big miles on the road bike, back to the tennis courts, I want to play some tournaments this summer, maybe go to California again and do some surfing. My coach, Broc Thompson, whom Ski Racing just named Men's Masters Skier of the Year, was an alternate on the 1988 Olympic track bike team, and he wants me to learn to be a trackie this summer to jack up my quick twitch muscles. There...that ought to do it, right?