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post #61 of 78
LM,

I am so glad that your injury was minor. Does this mean you are skiing tomorrow? Should be powder!!! But it won't be the light fluffy stuff we get in Steamboat.

Rick H
post #62 of 78
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AW, Rick, please don't tempt me! I'm feeling a bit tenetative, so I was going to wait till Sunday when I can take a lesson.
post #63 of 78
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Originally Posted by Lisamarie
now that Mark will be out here full time, my hopes of ever catching up to him technique wise are shattered!
As long as nobody's knees or hearts are shattered, there's no problem.:

Anyhow Ms. 20-days-by-December, you're going to be way past me in no time. Gotta catch up with you once again!

Luckily rumor has it you enjoy being chased
post #64 of 78
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Or chaste!
post #65 of 78
Chaste??? Chaste???? Who in this modern world is chaste. Certainly not our band of misfits!!

Lisa, I am sorry but I can't ski you on Sunday. I'll be in Santa Fe, NM, learning more about wolves (the four legged, furry wild kind). But Laurie and I are going to ski Loveland on Saturday, from about 9 to 12. Then I will take off for Salida for the night. Be back for a PMTS clinic at Copper on Friday. See you later.

Rick
post #66 of 78
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Originally Posted by Lisamarie
AW, Rick, please don't tempt me! I'm feeling a bit tenetative, so I was going to wait till Sunday when I can take a lesson.
Or maybe I'll just suck it up and go out without taking a lesson.
post #67 of 78
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Originally Posted by Lisamarie
Or maybe I'll just suck it up and go out without taking a lesson.
Pretty stupid move. : With Keystone and Breck opening today. I assumed Copper would not be very crowded. WRONG!! I can't believe school kids out here get the day after Veteran's Day off from school.

One very long Blue run was open. I usually love longs runs, but I couldn't wait for it to be over. While the trail itself was not really challenging, I felt really tentative, and was not able to do anything that even vaguely resembles good skiing. I haven't felt that kind of fear in years, hyperventilating like crazy. DAMNIT!!!:

Then again, I would be just as freaked walking down a street that was that crowded, let alone sliding down a crowded hill post injury.

Fortunately, the knee feels okay and the brace didn't bother me. I do want to work with an instructor I feel comfortable with before I get back into any serious skiing.
post #68 of 78
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Originally Posted by Lisamarie
Fortunately, the knee feels okay and the brace didn't bother me. I do want to work with an instructor I feel comfortable with before I get back into any serious skiing.
My free advice, Lisa, worth what you pay for it, from the perspective of someone who tore an MCL:

1. If you are wearing the full on steel brace, wear it as close to the skin as possible--not outside the ski bibs, where it won't (as I was advised, anyway) actually do you any good.

2. After you give up wearing the steel brace, you can experiment with the elastic variety--see if it helps. I found it helpful, as an additional support and psychological reminder to be kind to the injured knee it was wrapped around.

3. If you have any recurring knee pain, pay some attention to whether you've modified your walking gait: I found that (to save my aching MCL) I ended up walking with a toe-out on my injured leg, which made it hurt on the outside of the knee, until I finally straightened out my walk again.

Have a great ski season!
post #69 of 78
LM at least drinking was fun afterwards!!!! No hyperventilating and no students at the studio.! Good to meet Kima, Jonh H and the others. (Sorry I'm not good with names!)
post #70 of 78
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SF Dean, I'm usuing the elastic variety. Fortunately, this is only a Grade ! strain, so iot's not that serious. I am wearing it close to the skin, as I do when I'm teaching. My fitness students are still making fun of me for not showing off my "badge of honor." I will definitely pay attention to my gait, thanks for reminding me. Although I 've managed to avoid other ski and fitness injuries, this is the leg that was broken when I was hit by a car, as well as the same leg that I used to get recurrent sprained ankles on as a kid.

Katy et al. the socializing was great tonight! Without it, I would have been home brooding about what a horrific first day back I had.
post #71 of 78
The day after Veteran's Day.... who knew?

So was it Western crowded, or just plain crowded crowded? (Either would be horrible if you were coming back with an injury, but I was just curious.) Oh -- and have I mentioned? -- envious. Of the snow, not the knee .
post #72 of 78
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Given that there was only one trail open, we're talking Killington, out of control snowboarder type crowded. Snow conditions varied from very soft to totally scraped off. Ironically, even though I was using some horrific technique, the knee feels better today.: Maybe one of those twisting moves I made twisted the knee back to the right position.

I am still baffled as to why, when under stress, I automatically revert back to the least effective technique for coping. I'm just an idiot!:
post #73 of 78
You're absolutely NOT an idiot, and you should know better than to call yourself one.

Under stress, people ALWAYS revert back to their common habits. Unfortunately, in this case, your ski habit isn't *yet* your most effective skiing. That's why when we're learning new ski skills, we learn it on terrain that's easier than what we usually ski -- then we try and make it a habit, so that the new skill is what we revert to under the stress of the more difficult terrain. It applies to more than skiing, too, of course.

But you're not an idiot! You've just got a wonky knee for a bit. Take it easy on yourself.
post #74 of 78
OK - well the advice I was given by the sports medicicne doctor when I tore my MCL was as follows...

MOVE (he considered 3-5 days rest heaps)..... work on getting range of movement back..... I spent hours each day riding bike & kick-boarding up & down a pool - freestyle& backstroke only..... 1 leg squats on bad leg - make sure you get low to work vastus medialis....
When you want to ski - tape the bugger....
Physio should be able to show you but the general idea is to run an anchor band around leg at mid calf & mid thigh. (yes the nice tough sports stuff that is impossible to get off - so underwrap it if needed) then you run 2 strips that cross at the location of MCL & run between the anchor bands....
The trick is to position leg right to start - so you stand half on a book with knee a bit bent from memory...

He says the tape provides far more support than a brace
post #75 of 78
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Damn, I forgot about tape. I was once able to teach high impact aerobics with tape after a sprained ankle. I wonder if they use it for strains, since this is not a tear.

Delta thanks, you can tell I'm a bit self critical lately. You raise a good point, though. The only trail open at Copper was one that was at my ability but with challenging conditions. The only easy trail open was the magic carpet learning trail. That would have been ridiculous.
post #76 of 78
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Observation, in case anyone ever deals with the same issue. Skiing itself makes it feel great! Given that rehab requires closed chain flexion and extension, this is not as weird as it sounds.

Long lift rides...OUCH!!!! Especially out here when nobody puts the bar down, so there's no foot rest. Was at Keystone today, and was able to ride the Gondola. Much better!
post #77 of 78
Glad to hear you saw a doctor and it is nothing serious. Last year when I skied with some pain following surgery the doc assured me that I couldn't make it worse. You are is such good shape anyway. Just stop if it hurts a lot. Do a little less. It may heal slower. This weekend I began the season totally pain free and feeling like I had two equally strong legs. It was great to know thngs can get better so well even at my age.
post #78 of 78
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Originally Posted by Lisamarie
Especially out here when nobody puts the bar down, so there's no foot rest.
Lisa is kindly not mentioning that the "nobody" not putting the bar down was me, on that first ride up. However she had just told me all about how nobody ever puts it down, so I was trying to act like a "local".

Saw some pretty good moves from her, even with the knee and a relatively crowded run. So don't anyone buy into her "lost my skills" fear - she's still got what she's been picking up this season.:
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