I suck. I don't get enough time on snow and physically suck so I am watching the slow painful deterioration of my skiing. My skiing certainly is not up to my reputation.
As I sit here sipping my manhatten and trying to get the courage to post this somewhat sad note I spin this off the “Brag about yourself” thread. First, after four gel shots in Ann’s knee she sees no improvement the doctor says surgery wont help so it may be she wont ski anymore, possibly ever.
The other thing is that after our 70+ club meeting (official and unofficial members) at a luncheon yesterday almost half of our group of 14 said they couldn’t ski any more because of one thing or another.
Of the ones that planned to ski this season most are discouraged because they look wistfully up a slope that they didn’t think twice to dive down and now are afraid to ski. One drawback of fear when they/we are old is that we don’t have the strength anymore to handle difficult situations, one of us who goes to the to work out for a couple of hours daily has a hard time walking down steps taking one step at a time with both feet, but he will try to ski this season because he believes that skiing is easier than walking, he could be right.
All of us are accomplished skiers, most retired instructors or racers who have skied most of our lives, we never thought that this time would come. I’ll be 76 at the end of ski season and the others are around this age give or take a couple of years.
There are so many age related maladies that have nothing to do with skiing that often discourage old skiers, one of my friends cannot make more than two runs without running to the bathroom, another is nearly blind and can only see shapes but not anything on the snow, another asked me three time within a few minutes how old I am and couldn’t remember the answer, the nearly blind guy and another can no longer drive, they have to be brought to the slope by someone, etc.
I only know LarryC of Seven Springs who is older than I am and who had partial knee replacement and is on this board that still skis and teaches. There are still many exceptions and I’m sure many of you know someone, but remember, they are the exception and they don’t have a group of age related skiers around. The 70+ ski club brings skiers together from all over to enjoy skiing, even if they stick to easier stuff.
When I was fifty or even sixty there were hundreds of my age, where are they now? I do think that having the training we had and the new shaped skis have given us a few more years but the end is near.
I better refill my manhatten.