Yes and no...
Originally Posted by whygimf
SR55, thanks for the link to your SR rant.
A question for you , although a bit off topic: As a ski racer, do you have similar emotionally charged responses to your racing/training as you do in your comments
about the demise of alpine racing?
...but it's obviously something I get pretty wired into, so, yep, most of the time, it's pretty likely that I'll either be Wildly Enthusiastic about whatever happened today on the slopes or Totally Bummed Out about same. However...that is a way up and down way to live, and I'm trying to get beyond it. I believe (and this is not the Pollyanna Principle speaking) that just being able to ski and ski race, especially in today's world, is a great gift, and every day I have on the hill, win or lose, is a plus.
To take the local view, for example, a few years back I got clocked by a snowboarder free skiing early season up at Keystone. Result: mild concussion, broken collarbone. I thought my season was shot, but I recovered incredibly quickly. By Thanksgiving, I was skiing again and helping coach my teammates. By Xmas, I was training again, and I went back to racing in February. The glass was definitely
more than half full on that one.
A few other years back, I got hit in the eye with an errant bungy cord end sent winging my way by one of my dumb s*** teammates. Result: a lens with 60% of the attachments to the eyeball blown away, and the muscles that constrict the iris totally shot (my iris is now permanently dilated). After a 5 hour surgery, I now have a plastic lens implanted in my left eye and Lasik in my right. Result: 20/25 vision, no glasses or contacts, and I can ski, bike race, and play tennis again, which I never thought I'd be able to do.
This season, I was training SL and pulled up because I thought I had torn my right quad, blown out my knee, or both. Not the problem...it turns out after X-rays that I don't have a lot of padding, and I do
have a lot of bone spurs growing out of my L1-L6 joints in my spine...so, of course, I've got some nerve impingement. I had some great physical therapists, however, and I got back to skiing, training, and racing toute de suite
, which is French for "pretty damn quick."
My season goals, as always were to (1) have fun and (2) win races. (1) happened in spades...I got back into speed events again, which was a blast, but (2) didn't...close, but no cigar. So, yeah, there were some things I got twisted out of shape about this year, but there was a lot more to be grateful for...which I am. I'm not sure I answered your question, but I think I answered some