Hello everyone! I am just getting back into skiing after an injury and surgery and I'm having difficulty getting my head in the right place. My story is long, and I hope you won't get bored reading, but here goes.
I'm from the southeast and never experienced winter weather or sports until late in my adult life. A couple of years ago, at the age of 46 or so, I went to Park City with a man I was dating that is an expert skier and very passionate about it. I wanted to try to learn to ski so I could spend time with him in his sport of choice. Despite his ability to teach me himself, he put me in a full day group lesson. I loved everything about being there, the scenery, the excitement of learning something new, but I really did not do all that well. I was extremely fearful and uncoordinated. After our lunch break on my first day, I took a fall that resulted in a 75% MCL tear. Ouch.
Back to Georgia I go, marry this skier expert of mine and then we get transferred to Denver. Time now to get serious about skiing. Got all new gear, K2 True Luv skies, good boots, Epic pass... I started out in another beginner class and did a little better. Had a blast. Totally hooked. Skiing a little faster and doing wedge turns. I did have a ton of trouble with my right turns. Complete mental block. But not giving up.
Any how, I progressed from a timid, almost never ever to a fairly confident blue groomer skier. I pushed myself to do a couple of blue blacks and even one black. Wow! Now mind you, I picked my way down these more difficult runs rather than actually skiing them. But it was still quite an accomplishment for a scardey cat like me.
So our routine every weekend, I would ski the first run or two, a green, then a blue with my guy and then he would take off to hike to his double black diamond terrain. I would happily ski my blue groomers all day and we would meet up later. We skied 35 days that season ( year before last ) until I fell on Lost Boy at Vail in fresh powder. Never skied powder before. It was a slow, nothing fall, that managed to damage pretty much every structure in my right knee. Another 75% MCL tear, complete ACL tear, another unnamed tendon tear, tib/fib damage from bones colliding as well as some meniscus damage that required some clean up.
This resulted in 12 weeks of pre-hab and collateral damage healing, surgery and 8 months of physical therapy. I missed a whole ski season and this year is my first chance to get back into it. I am very excited and scared *hitless.I am now 49 years old and despite working out in the gym, nowhere near as fit or flexible as I was just a few years ago.
So we went to Breck last weekend, my first time on skis and we went straight to the bunny hill just so I could test my legs and my brakes :-) I was bored instantly and we went to the next chair that took us up to a longer green run, can't remember the name.Springmeyer. Did this run 3 times and had trouble with my right hand turns and was terrified of the faster skiers coming down from above. So, on my 5th run, I tried to make a right turn, didn't pick up my uphill ski at the same time I hit an icy patch. The perfect storm. I landed on my bony hip (I'm 5'6 and 112 lbs so no padding) and then my elbow/shoulder on what felt like concrete. I hit the ground so hard I heard all the air leave my body. Ouch! Took a few minutes to get up. Knee held up fine. I was worried about the ACL graft but the knee was not at involved in this crash. I now have the worst bruise I have ever seen on my right hip. My husband didn't see me fall and asked me if I got in the back seat. I don't think so. I can always feel my shins against my boots.
So after all of this intro, what I would really like to know is, do any of you have advice for regaining confidence after an injury. I didn't have a lot to begin with and I am my own worst critic. I am considering taking a beginner lesson. My husband thinks I should take an intermediate. I think I might have ingrained some bad habits skiing alone so much.
What do you guys think? Oh, and thanks for sticking with me if you read this far.