Originally Posted by ATskier
So it's been a full month since I was hit by a punk snowboarder. My lower leg has almost healed fully. However, I have degenerated into a terribly out-of-shape beer and wine guzzling 55 year old shut-in. There's still some swelling to the ankle and calf. With the latest rains I feel the pain in all the joints. I tried ice skating but it was too much for the ankles. All I can do is walk and I put in 7 miles yesterday. Now, I have to get back into shape before I try any skiing at all.
My Dad, who is 63, took a freak fall in late November, when a skier fell in front of him. The fall looked like nothing more than some sort of gentle, Three Stooges pratfall (I was actually giggling when it happened, which went over really well, as you can imagine), but he ended up taking a Patrol sled down with a torn muscle at the top of his calf. He didn't get back out on skis until about 12 days ago.
He was definitely frustrated about how age impacted his healing and overall sense of well-being with an injury. About 15 years ago he broke his knee in a couple of places skiing the Back Bowls at Vail, and while he was obviously out of commission then, he somehow felt like this injury was in a sense just as bad. Lots of swelling, soreness, related joint pain, and difficulty getting *back on the horse,* so to speak.
He started going to a physical therapist a couple of times a week, which he found really helped, as well as adding a lot of stretching and walking to his workout, once he could hit the gym again. When he finally did get out on the hill, he took a half-day private lesson and worked with the instructor on warm-ups and stretches. Instructor was really helpful in keeping him on runs that wouldn't overly tax his legs on this first day out, and keeping an eye out for out-of-control snowboarders and skiers. Really helped on many levels. Now he can't wait to get back out on the mountain. . . once he is back in town from some crazy travel.
Hope you're able to get back out on the hill soon!