I felt like my weekend skiing was a reminder, a cold, rough, and raw tutorial, in the need to ‘earn your keep’.
It’s about process: before my trip at the beginning of the month, I sort of thought of skiing ‘movement therapy’ and not ‘sport’ because I needed so much help. Getting suited up on the ski, chairlift loading and unloading, turning, slowing down. It strongly resembled my recovery workouts at therapy gyms in the beginning:
1. go to the therapy center (or Alpine Meadows ski lodge),
2. have help getting set up on the parallel bars and equipment (or bi-ski),
3. have the therapist manipulate my body (or hold a ski tether) as I try to connect to my muscles (or carve my turns),
4. leave the gym and not be able to do any of those things until my next visit, when I can use the equipment with help again.
At some point, that process began to change for my physical recovery; as I began doing more exercises at home, figuring them out for myself, and they slowly became less like “I’m going to do a workout now,” and more like “this is just me moving in my day-to-day life.” Every day, I work to inch that line a little farther forward.
What you just observed in the video is the same process, this time though, it’s on a mountain, and a lot faster-paced.
My line about 'all I need is to log falls on greens’ is almost directly what I remember clearly saying to Keegan: “You ready to log a bunch of falls on greens with me today?!” He laughed, and saw I was serious – instead of looking for high-speed thrills with help, I knew I had scores of wipeouts to log before I could do this on my own...so why not get those out of the way ASAP!
Now, I’m totally psyched about getting my skiing to the same place I’ve reached with some of my exercises – no special help needed, just some friends and fresh powder.
2017 has started off well.