Well sorry to keep this thing going, but this seemed an appropriate post and I need someplace to crow, so I thought of y'all
Just got back from a week in CO at Summit County. Skied Breck, Copper, Mary Jane, and Vail.
I'd always been more of a bump survivor rather than skier although I desperately wanted to be good at them. Due to a long skiing hiatus, and then the knee injury last yr, I hadn't been able to really try them in probably ten years. But I've been working on the basix all year since getting back from the surgery such as quick fall-line turns on groomed terrain (all that's available to me at home).
So when I got to Breck last week and took a run down Corsair (A black bump run off peak 10) I was disappointed to see that I looked, felt, performed the same as ten yrs ago. But I persevered and told myself that I could ski better than that and began to just focus on the basics like keeping my hands up and downhill and turning where I wanted. And on the third run there was this whole series of clicks (metaphorically, nothing to do with the knee...) and suddenly I found my self saying, hell, this is easy! Ok it was still hard work, but all of a sudden the whole technique thing came together and it was easy to control speed and turn exactly where I wanted. And so then I found myself going straight down the fall-line watching my skis negotiate the terrain below me while my upper body basically hovered over them floating down the mountain!
I did that the rest of the day, then again the next at Copper, mostly on Mine Dump, and then at Mary Jane, focusing on Super Gauge Trail and Rifleshot Notch. I even was able to get down the chutes at MJ with grace doing jump turns in the air! In one day mogul fields had gone from being a life-long nemesis to a fantastic playground that I couldn't get enough of!
I'd never experienced a breakthrough like that before in my life, and it was on my newly reconstructed knee as well, so doubly unexpected. The knee was sore by the end of the first day, but a couple Aleve took care of it and I was able to go three more days straight without any signficant problems. I had expected to be happy just to take it easy, but instead managed to ski harder than I ever have in my life. Today I'm back home and the knee feels fine.
Thanks for listening. I'm ecstatic. The end.