Originally Posted by justanotherskipro
Karen, Your post is very intriguing. It's great that you are returning to the sport and exploring the next chapter in your ski world. I noticed you skied in January for the first time in about a year. How did that go? Did your knee give you any problems? Obviously taking things slow enough to minimize the risk of re-injuring that knee must be part of your plan. I am also intrigued by the age appropriate comment you posted. I remember a good friend and training partner of mine reacting to a comment I made about getting old and abandoning my pursuit of that next level of accreditation. He shared how many of his joints were artificial and how the only thing slowing us down is our mind. I'm not suggesting you return to the competitive world stage but to be honest you own some extraordinary skiing skills and more than likely you only need to explore non-competitive skiing from a minimalist frame of mind. Exploiting the qualities of the skis you use generally come down to a lot of patience activities. Near flat skiing skills are an especially relevant area you might consider exploring. Rounder and smoother turns (less staccato movements), progressive loading and unloading of the ski over the entire length of the turn, and a smaller range of motion outside the bumps are areas I would suggest exploring.
Feb 3 was the one year anniversary of tearing my ACL, but I did not have surgery until late May. I'm sure you're friend and I could combine quite a list when it comes to injuries/surgeries. Ironically, the knee was my first skiing related surgery.
This was the post on my knee rehab:
The first day was short since I was at Deer Valley to watch a Freestyle World Cup. I just needed to get out and get that first day over with. No problems with the knee while skiing. It felt strong and I skied down the side of the mogul course where it was pretty icy (there had been very wet snow turned to ice). Woke up in the middle of the night and had to ice the knee, but not sure it that had more to do with 3 days on my feet or actually skiing.
As I always, I resort to drills when I first get on the snow--it's out of habit and I don't do it consciously. First day out, everything felt right--smooth, accelerating, energy being transferred from one turn to the next. Second day nothing felt right, but to make the best of it, enjoyed the sun out on Peak 9 and watched some ski TV in the lodge (falling while getting out of the top bunk at 2 am didn't really help.) I have high hopes for this weekend! :) I just know that sometimes getting out and getting some instruction and/or video, I can shorten the learning process and find myself having more fun out there.
I'll email you when I have a little more time.