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I'm gonna try skiing tomorrow......

post #1 of 20
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Well, it has been 6 weeks since that big rod came out, and the doc said "wait 6 weeks!".  I will be taking it easy, dropped the DIN down to skier level 2, and skiing slowly/doing releases and pole plants.  Leg strength is coming along nicely: 2 weeks in the boot, but I have 15 hours on my road bike in the past 2 weeks and am about 75-80% of the strength of my good leg.  Balance is close to normal as well.   I am going to at least try getting on the hill!  Forecast is for sun, and soft snow on the groomers. Wish me luck, it has been nearly a year, and I am going crazy!

 

I will let you know how it goes.

post #2 of 20

Go level 1 DIN, you wont be pushing it so why even risk a level 2, makes no sense.  

 

Good luck, let us know how it goes.

post #3 of 20

Inquiring minds want to know - where's the original thread discussing your broken leg?  I missed all this in my "hiatus" .  What happened?

post #4 of 20

good luck!

post #5 of 20

Bachelor?

post #6 of 20

Good luck, have fun!

post #7 of 20

Awesome Scott, have fun out there! 

post #8 of 20

Good luck out there!

post #9 of 20
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Yep, Bachelor.  Had a great time!  New snow, sun. I took it easy, just practicing slow-speed skiing in slalom-radius turns, as I was instructed to "go slow, stay on the groomers" for another 6 weeks.  Just smooth, easy releases, but technique wise, there is nothing wrong with skiing slow!  My shin hurt (it is still bruised from them pounding out the rod) but other than that, I felt pretty good, all things considering.  Any speed above running pace hurt my shin. I will probably give it a week and go back up again, after the holiday.    

post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post

 

Go level 1 DIN, you wont be pushing it so why even risk a level 2, makes no sense.  

 

Good luck, let us know how it goes.

 Wish I could, but the minimum DIN on my binding is 6, which is a type II skier.  

post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by Noodler View Post

 

Inquiring minds want to know - where's the original thread discussing your broken leg?  I missed all this in my "hiatus" .  What happened?

 http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/68746/rehab-suggestions-for-tib-fib-break

 

Out for 11 months!  It could have been worse, others around here have been 2-3 years before they were up to skiing again. 

post #12 of 20
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 http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/68746/rehab-suggestions-for-tib-fib-break

 

Out for 11 months!  It could have been worse, others around here have been 2-3 years before they were up to skiing again. 

 Yeah, like me!  You know I was out for over 2 years, right?

post #13 of 20

BTW - I found the "real" thread regarding your injury here.  The one you gave me was the rehab thread.

post #14 of 20

It's good to hear your back on the skis & up on the hill. It was a very nice day. Did the Summit 2x. +1 ft of wind packed with that bullet proof base underneath. About the time you thought you were gell'n the edges would touch down on the base. Gawwwwdddd.

post #15 of 20

So Scott, I read through both the original injury thread and your rehab thread.  What I'm not seeing is what caused you to take so much time to get back out there?  You were most likely in much better physical fitness than me.  You had a clean(er) break than mine (a segmented jumbled mess).  So what was it?

 

I'm also interested in whether you still have the IM rod in your leg (probably so at this point I would guess).  There was some discussion in your rehab thread about the possibility of a new injury on the leg with the rod resulting in a "bone explosion" - holy crap that just scared the bejeezus out of me.  I'm definitely going to find SOMEONE who will agree to get the rest of the hardware out of me during the off-season.

 

BTW - so how was it?  How did the first day back on snow go for you?

post #16 of 20

I am also in recovery mode for a broken knee cap.  The hardware is still in me.  I was initially told "six months from surgery"(that would have been February!!!), but I nagged until I was given permission to ski green groomers in December (four months).  As it turned out, they were MORE THAN ENOUGH for me for several weeks.  I finally promoted myself to blue groomers.  I find that as soon as things get the least bit bumped up I wear out much sooner, but I am skiing well and the pain is receding (used to be on EVERY TURN).  It is getting boring, though.  I look longingly at the powder off piste and then I start watching a skier's knees and I know I am not ready yet.  I don't like to ski back-to-back days because I am also still doing PT three times a week and the days I ski I don't do a full PT work out.  

 

Anyway, I know what you are going through trying to get back in the game.  I just haven't recovered near as fast as I expected.  But, I am working on making beautiful turns, so the slow down should be good for my technique.  

post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by Noodler View Post

 

So Scott, I read through both the original injury thread and your rehab thread.  What I'm not seeing is what caused you to take so much time to get back out there?  You were most likely in much better physical fitness than me.  You had a clean(er) break than mine (a segmented jumbled mess).  So what was it?

 

I'm also interested in whether you still have the IM rod in your leg (probably so at this point I would guess).  There was some discussion in your rehab thread about the possibility of a new injury on the leg with the rod resulting in a "bone explosion" - holy crap that just scared the bejeezus out of me.  I'm definitely going to find SOMEONE who will agree to get the rest of the hardware out of me during the off-season.

 

BTW - so how was it?  How did the first day back on snow go for you?

 yeah, that rod came out 6 weeks ago. I wanted to ski earlier in the year, but I had surgery scheduled by the time the rod came out, and it was bothering me to flex the leg and also move it laterally.  The hardware meant that lots of pain was present. It does take a year to 18 months for that fracture to heal fully, which was a clean, pretty severe break of the Tibia above the ankle.  That area gets relatively little in terms of blood flow.  I was full strength activity-wise back in October (no pain, putting 15 hours a week on my road bike, racing) and the bone showed no signs of fracture 9 months after the break, so all things considered, it healed very quickly. At least with an IM nail, the bone isn't likely to break, but if it does fracture around the rod, you are going to have issues.  The titanium rod itself won't bend, but the bones are still brittle and can only withstand so much blunt force.  An active person isn't going to want hardware in there. Mountain biking was painful when riding techy trails, running was not going to happen (my knee hurt like hell) and skiing would have been an issue as well. Plus, the recovery was only a hassle for the first 3 weeks: I was on my road bike after I gained back enough flexibility, 3 weeks after surgery.  

 

So, what happened to you? I didn't see you around here forever, just figured you weren't hanging out at Epic anymore, or perhaps you moved to Saudi Arabia and had no use for Epicski.  

 

First day back was very fun!  Taking it really easy, a little apprehensive some idiot going to fast who doesn't know how to turn would take me out, but other than that, I really enjoyed my 2 hours.  

post #18 of 20
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I am also in recovery mode for a broken knee cap.  The hardware is still in me.  I was initially told "six months from surgery"(that would have been February!!!), but I nagged until I was given permission to ski green groomers in December (four months).  As it turned out, they were MORE THAN ENOUGH for me for several weeks.  I finally promoted myself to blue groomers.  I find that as soon as things get the least bit bumped up I wear out much sooner, but I am skiing well and the pain is receding (used to be on EVERY TURN).  It is getting boring, though.  I look longingly at the powder off piste and then I start watching a skier's knees and I know I am not ready yet.  I don't like to ski back-to-back days because I am also still doing PT three times a week and the days I ski I don't do a full PT work out.  

 

Anyway, I know what you are going through trying to get back in the game.  I just haven't recovered near as fast as I expected.  But, I am working on making beautiful turns, so the slow down should be good for my technique.  

 yeah, just take it easy.  Ride your bike if at all possible: it gets blood flow in there, and will help the healing, and do wonders for your strength and endurance while skiing.  I was riding 4 weeks after the initial break (on my trainer) and 8 week out on the road (I was partial weight bearing until 12weeks), putting in 10 hours a week straight away. It helps that I live in the country and didn't have to ride through town or worry about getting on/off my bike (which is hard when you are only partial weight bearing).  Normal healing time is 12-18 months for this injury, I was healed in 9.  It definitely helped.  And, don't rush things. You will be 100% next season, so even if this season is only 1/2 speed, enjoy it!   

post #19 of 20

Whoo Hoo!!!   Glad you're enjoying skiing again.  You Rock!

post #20 of 20

Great to hear you are back on the snow !   A bit of slow time can be really good time.  Enjoy !

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