Originally Posted by mtbakersnow
therusty, maybe, however, even though I am 51, my thighs rarely get sore skiing, primarily because I begin working out (hard) at the gym twice per day (most days - 7/days/week) from September 1st (this year I didn't begin until Sept. 12) until the first day I ski, which means I may have two more months of hard fitness training. And for others too, I really do ski more aggresive than most I see, if I am afraid I hide it well, but it also seems like I may have a tendency to r-e-a-c-h my pole plants to keep on top of my skiis and as a consequence, that may push my rear even further back to compensate? The hips not pushed forward as far as they should be may be a problem too - if I have an obvious weakness in fitness, it seems to have always been my lower back - I always "work it" but seems to be a "weak link" although I try and do between 200-400 situps/day and lower back excercises as well. Could that be a determining factor? And yes Harry, I have been on Epic now long enough to know you are from here, know you were at Baker the other day, and respect your opinion, and would like the name of that instructor. Thanks!
I'm 49, so I'm not that far behind you. I ask the questions because your sore areas are where they would be if you were trying real hard (maybe too hard) to be in the front seat. If you were in the backseat real bad, you would not be getting enough forward pressure on your boots to make your shins sore (unless you had a wicked alignment problem). Obviously, seeing your skiing in person would take a lot of the guesswork out of the picture.
I've yet to find a skier with quads strong enough to ski deep powder all day in the back seat. In my little corner of PA, on our rare powder days (and even rarer when we don't have to work on the pow day), it's hysterical watching the expert runs because only a small handful of people can do laps. We see new arrivals taking a run in the backseat and start making bets how long they'll last. 3-5 runs (2400-5000 vert) is about the max we ever see. Most are 1-2 runs and done. See how long you can do a wall sit exercise (my record is 2 and 1/2 minutes), then imagine stringing those back to back to back. George Bush said it best: "Wouldn't be prudent".
If your shoulders come forward when you make the pole touch, you're probably sticking the butt out to compensate. This will reduce shin contact on the front of the boot. Maybe the constant reduction of contact/regain contact cycle is what's causing the soreness. That kind of bending at the waist is also stressful on the back. If you're doing old fashioned sit ups, that's harder on the back than doing "crunches". You might want to consider switching. 200-400 sit ups a day is a great way to keep your core in shape as long as you're not damaging your back while you're doing it. Having a weak back could be causing a cascade of other issues (I've been there and done that).
As others have noted, the odds are you do have a backseat problem. But my suspicion is that there is something else going on that is the major contributor to your toe and shin soreness.