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Poll Results: Should I Stop my Ski Streak at 199 or 200?

 
  • 12% (7)
    199 - It is a cooler number than 200.
  • 71% (40)
    200 - It's bigger than 199 (plus it would mean Bob would get to ski one more month).
  • 1% (1)
    Punt the surgery and keep going until you can't walk anymore.
  • 14% (8)
    Who cares? Nobody gives a crap but you.
56 Total Votes  
post #31 of 51

I wonder how Ron @endlessseason is doing on "the streak".  His was started in 1992, and I haven't heard anything from him in several years.

post #32 of 51

Where there is a will there is a way.. and this TOTALLY would count..

 

post #33 of 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by DanoT View Post
 

Since I am not a numbers guy I would automatically go with getting the operation done as soon as possible making getting back on skis for next year come that much sooner.

 

Good luck with the operation.

this here.  don't jeopardize your health and future skiing if anything were to happen

post #34 of 51

First, 199 is not a Fibonacci number.  If it was, that would be a rather ideal number to stop on, since the Fibonacci sequence is naturally occurring..  It seems like it would just be "natural" to end the streak on a naturally occurring number.  :)

 

That said, I'd vote to end the streak at 200.  A nice round number.  You'll never have to field a question as to why you stopped "one month shy of 200".

post #35 of 51

Do it!

 

post #36 of 51

Let it go, Bob.  It's just a number.  Everyone I've ever known who had knee replacement never said "Gee, I wish I'd waited a bit more time to get this done."  Quite the opposite.

post #37 of 51
Bob, first off all of my best wishes for a complete and fast recovery after the surgery. Now as to the poll...i said 200 but if you sere to ski beyond that before surgery...Why not. Same reason that made me go to a weeklong family ski trip in january 2005 and walk into the hospital the next monday to have heart surgery...never give up.
post #38 of 51

1 May - your decision is made - get some turns in today, bank some memories then get on the pre-hab routine.  Anyway you haven't broken your streak just had it temporarily suspended by circumstances beyond your control.

 

Somewhat annoyingly you'll be crushing it harder than most of us next season regardless.

post #39 of 51
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by thekidd326 View Post
 

this here.  don't jeopardize your health and future skiing if anything were to happen

 

Thanks for the thoughts.  I've been to see four different docs and to some extent I'm going with the one who could do it the soonest.  I just want it over with, get into rehab, and back to playing in the mountains.

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by core2 View Post
 

Do it!

 

 

I have to admit I was VERY tempted by this thought.  Almost to the point of calling up Mt. Hood to see if they had any sitskis that I could rent around the end of June.

 

Eventually, though, practicality is going to win out.  The implant(s) is(are) somewhat susceptible to dislodging from where they attach to the bone if you have some kind of fall in the first few weeks. That would be kind of ugly and I've decided that the ski streak isn't all THAT important.

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by SpikeDog View Post
 

Let it go, Bob.  It's just a number.  Everyone I've ever known who had knee replacement never said "Gee, I wish I'd waited a bit more time to get this done."  Quite the opposite.

 

Exactly.  We have a bunch of friends here who have had single or double replacements and unanimously they say "I wish I had done it sooner!".  I'm going to do it sooner.

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Nobody View Post

Bob, first off all of my best wishes for a complete and fast recovery after the surgery. Now as to the poll...i said 200 but if you sere to ski beyond that before surgery...Why not. Same reason that made me go to a weeklong family ski trip in january 2005 and walk into the hospital the next monday to have heart surgery...never give up.

 

Now THAT is hard-core ski addiction.  Way to go!

 

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Originally Posted by fatbob View Post
 

1 May - your decision is made - get some turns in today, bank some memories then get on the pre-hab routine.  Anyway you haven't broken your streak just had it temporarily suspended by circumstances beyond your control.

 

Somewhat annoyingly you'll be crushing it harder than most of us next season regardless.

 

I'm already in prehab to the tune of about an hour and a half of bike/stretch/strengthen a day.  It's rather annoying as this is usually the time of year when I take a little break.  This prehab stuff is cutting into my fishing time.  :( 

post #40 of 51
Thread Starter 

Thanks to everybody for the thoughts and suggestions and well wishes. 

 

Now that it's May and the weather is shaping up for a potentially nice corn cycle, I'm pretty sure I won't be able to resist at least one or two forays up on Teton Pass or in Teton Park.  The snow just needs about two or three more days to consolidate.  That means I'll most likely end the streak at 200.

 

There's no rules about this stuff, of course, but I've decided that if I don't ski in a month (even if it's forced due to surgery), then the streak is over.  

 

That doesn't mean, of course, that I might not start a new one by September or so.  I've had so much fun doing some of these cobbled-together ski outings that it's pretty hard to imagine that I won't do it again.

 

One of my projects during my forced recuperation is to dig out old photos and slides from back in my younger years.  As I do, I'm going to post some photos of some of my more memorable excursions.

post #41 of 51

Hey Bob.  I fully agree with following the docs orders best you can 99.9999% possible.  However, I believe everyone here will give you a pass and count it even if you only put on snow blades (or one snowblade), skid for a foot or two, then remove them and walk back down carefully.

 

Only of if the streak is that important to you.  To us you'll always be Bob Peters!

 

Best of the best surgery and recovery.

 

 

post #42 of 51

I would get one knee done at a time.  However, having seen the operation on video, I can well understand why your doc might not think you would go through with the second knee after surviving the first ;).

 

If you stop at 200, at least you will have something to beat when you start your new streak next September. 

 

Best of luck with your surgery!

post #43 of 51
That is just the RN in me speaking. We all wear many hats. If it is not affecting your health and is important to you, by all means let it rip!
post #44 of 51
I voted for 199. I think it provides a sense of momentum, like it's incomplete in a good way. 200 feels static, all packaged up and ready to go into storage.

Best of luck with all the surgery!
post #45 of 51
Quote:

Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post

 

Now THAT is hard-core ski addiction.  Way to go!

 

 

Thanks Bob. Now, in retrospect...I think I would still have done it, because I believed it was going to be my last ski vacation ever.

As it turned out, it has not, God bless.

Still, it could well have been my very last. Under surgery it was discovered that there was little left of the ailing valve and that it culd have broken under pressure, anytime (at least that's what surgeons told me afterwards)

 

No, hardcore ski addiction is what you do. Pardon me, hard core life addiction!!!

 

Keep up and best wishes. Heal well, be fit for the next 200 months of skiing!!!

 

 

M.

post #46 of 51

So, @Bob Peters, what did you decide?  

Your last post said "most likely 200."

 

Did you get that day in yet?

post #47 of 51
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by LiquidFeet View Post
 

So, @Bob Peters, what did you decide?  

Your last post said "most likely 200."

 

Did you get that day in yet?

Well, I broke down yesterday and went skiing.

 

I hiked up Glory Peak from the top of Teton Pass.  The top of the pass was socked in with fog that went all the way to the valley.  About 500 feet above the pass, however, the skies were clear.  I skied down part of Glory Bowl and then part of what's called Twin Slides.

 

I was expecting really nice corn snow but what I got was a blend of ankle-deep, unconsolidated mush in the sun and partially-frozen eggshell crust in the shadows.  All in all, it was probably a great way to end the consecutive-month streak (at 200).  The skiing wasn't exactly worth the effort, but I've had worse skiing (by far) over the last 16.75 years.   

 

A little foggy at top of Teton Pass:

 

 

 

Me at the top:

 

 

Looking down on Glory Bowl and the valley fog:

 

Glory Bowl from the valley floor.  My route was off the top to the rock band in the middle and the skier's right out to the ridge above the Pass parking lot:

 

I'm nostalgic now.


Edited by Bob Peters - 5/19/14 at 6:23am
post #48 of 51
Good for you, Bob.
post #49 of 51

That's a hell of a record Bob! Hope you heal up fast and come back strong.

 

Despite doing back to back winters for the last 7 years I actually had never skied in May until this year, maybe this is the start of a similar streak!

post #50 of 51
Good luck with the surgery, Bob. Numbers don't matter. People matter.
post #51 of 51

Best of luck with your surgeries.  Inspiring trip report despite the fog.  Heal fast!

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