I rode this weekend and it didn't hurt too much!
As many of you know my season ended last year on Jan. 2 with a torn achilles. I recovered from that only to crash my motorcycle on August 27 and break my hip. The docs weren't overly psyched about it, but they cleared me to ride this past weekend. Fortunately both my races were postponed so I was able to take it nice and leisurely.
I tried on my boots Friday night to discover (as I expected) that my repaired achilles takes up a lot more space. I stopped at Elite Feet in Squaw Creek on Saturday morning and they happily re-molded the liners and made everything fit fine.
I rode maybe 10 runs on Saturday and stuck to the groomers. It was a hard-packed day and things went well. Both my hip and my achilles were sore by the end of the day, but I was happy. I can't carve very hard, and bumps hurt, but basically everything works.
Saturday it started snowing hard at the end of the day and by Sunday morning we had 8-10" of famous Sierra Cement. It was tough to ride in, especially on my Coiler 184, but I managed one good run in the pow/concrete before I had to leave (my ride's kids didn't want to ski with snow in their faces - wimps).
I leave tomorrow to head back up to Tahoe for the duration of the holidays. I'm excited at the prospects of getting a bunch of days in over the holidays. It is still snowing up there and it looks like its going to continue through the holidays! Yeah!
Hopefully no more injuries for me. Twice on crutches in one year is more than enough. Look for me to be taking it fairly easy this season. I'm even contemplating trying some fat skis to see how they are. Haven't really skied much in years.