Had my first "real" ski day since my knee injury.* Went to Taos. No bumps or anything that might cause impact on orders of Ortho. It was hard-pack and hard to look at all the sweet terrain and softer snow from which I was banned.
I skied pretty hard for being relegated to the groomers. At first I was skiing too defensively. But eventually, mostly it came back, even if i was conscious of needing not to get too close to the edge.
At the end of the day, I felt flat. I had fun sort of -- or did I? I wasn't overly scared, although i did feel this nagging wonder if my body would react properly.
What I did not feel was the wonder of freedom and childlike joy that usually accompanies a ski day. Even those days when the conditions are crappy. I always felt joy.
Yesterday, it felt more like exercise or work. It was a horrible feeling. like having something very precious stolen.
Anyone else experience this coming back from an injury? Is this just a phase? (i hope, i hope)
* sprain of ACL/MCL hairline fracture of tibial plateau and bone bruise on December 29th.