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Background for those who don't know me: I missed all last season due to a non-skiing injury. I still came up to Steamboat (thiis is the 16th straight year, plus several others scattered further back), mainly to see many friends who have been coming at the same time for all those years, but just relaxed, visited friends, saw things in town that I was usually too busy to bother with, etc. A relaxing time that helped my mental recovery, just not really any help to the physical recovery.

I have gotten better as the year progressed, and decided to give it a try this year, but my balance is still a little shakey, so we started slowly. It is a little frustrating after years of skiing almost anywhere I wanted (not quite everywhere, but most), to start yesterday on Preview to see if I could even still do anything, but we did. Two runs down Preview, 2 runs down Why Not, lunch break, then Tomahawk (via Sundial cutoff). The injury had also kept me off a lot of my aerobics, so by then the thighs were sceaming, so we called that a day.

Today was a little better. We got a late start because several in our group wanted to use my laptop to show pictures of their families. (Our group gets together only once a year: 3 from Denver, 2 from Detroit, one from Florida (north of Tampa), 1 from DC area, and 2 from Philadelphia, so the first day or two is spent in catching up on the past year), But we got going around 10ish. Three runs down Tomahawk to start (only using Sundial the first one), then luch. After lunch I moved over to Quickdraw, then Flintlock. Still nothing spectacular, but after the injusy, decent progress. By then, the thighs were screaming again, so down to the hot tub.

If I can keep getting skills back at the same rate of progress all week, I may be back to almost normal before the week is out; we shall see how it goes.

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Comment by Sarah Renessie on January 13, 2011 at 9:46am


  Thank you so great to see all members on Steamboat.Very happy to Greet you Rick

   it would be so grateful if I could fly

   before 12 Feb  to get there  Best my wishes

   so loved to have time in md Feb till March

   please e mail me if its possible

   With all Best Wishes


Comment by Sarah Renessie on January 13, 2011 at 7:35am
Comment by Rick on April 19, 2010 at 4:44pm
Thanks for your thoughts, Sarah. Actually, this blog is from last season, and the recovery has progressed quite well. I spent two weeks in Steamboat his year; my usual week at the end of Janurary, and closing week (4-11 April, except for a run back to town for the baseball season opening game). I also skied A-Basin, Keystone, Breckenrige, and, yesterday, Vail. I still have plans to hit Loveland and A-Basin before they close. My balance continues to improve; my leg endurance is still a problem, although the new boots I bought do seem to help (more upright stance, less quad pain). I do need to work on that issue more, however.
Again, thank for you good wishes; do you plan on coming to Steamboat sometime next season? We like to organize meetings of forum members who otherwise only know each other on-line. Have a great summer.
Comment by Sarah Renessie on April 14, 2010 at 9:02pm
Hi Greeting You Rick enjoying to read your Recovery in progress so have something also to tell you I m just recovering openly in
discovering my world in progress with all of your group and Steamboat Spring Powder s team reports,discussions,photos, giant open air fresh snow beautiful blessed nature thanks that long winter snow
covered all around, early spring still full of snow its amazing wilder soft powder grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr8th Yes I hope
you are doing well and wish You power of Steamboat scene ride again, to see your video or would be pleasure to read your ..... next photo...Thank for your talk..
Comment by jg atl on February 5, 2009 at 9:45am
Welcome back Rick! I too am looking forward to getting back on the snow in a couple of weeks after cervical spine surgery in December 06 kept me off the slopes last year. I am feeling pretty good and working out, so I am hoping that my stamina will be there.

Enjoy your time in Steamboat! :-D
Comment by patti (snowflake) on February 3, 2009 at 4:24pm
good to see that you are getting your ski legs back. recovery is full of patience and lots of determination and it sounds like you are good at both. keep up the good work wish i were there with you,,sf
Comment by Boo Boo on February 3, 2009 at 12:46pm
Brilliant :-). I am not surprised: I think that skiing makes you feel "free like a bird": great therapy for every day stresses. Maybe that is why Steamboat residents seem like a happy, well-adjusted, relaxed bunch?

I think that it is just bad timing (the forum meet): the forum here is really quite quiet at the moment too - I have a feeling that people are busy doing something. I am just so glad that you came up to the meet the other week: I wish I could do the same this week. I could get in my car and attempt the drive, but I think that the Atlantic Ocean might get in the way :-(.

Your ski/rest schedule sounds great: should allow your legs to recover, stop you getting too tired AND give you time to enjoy the other aspects of Steamboat. Vacations are about taking it easy too: I think that we often forget that on ski holidays (and go all out on the skiing)...
Comment by Rick on February 3, 2009 at 10:03am
Yes, just being on skis and on snow again has greatly improved my "mental attitude." Seeing old friends again helps, too. Although our potential "forum meeting" may fall through; I don't draw nearly the group that you do :-)

The hot tub helped, and I am taking a day off to help the thighs recover a little (since I drive up and am not tied to airline schedules, I can ski the day I check out, so I think I'll do 2 on, 1 off, 2 on, 1 off, 1 on, to stress the muscles the least.

Glad you had a good trip home and hope to see you here next year.
Comment by Boo Boo on February 3, 2009 at 4:38am
Brilliant blog, Rick: really good to know that you are getting on ok.

I definitely admire your patience and attitude: it can't be easy working your way back up.

Hope that you are enjoying your trip, the company, the views, the fresh air and the feeling of snow under ski again. Take really good care of yourself and I look forward to hearing more soon.
Comment by Mike (skipompey) on February 3, 2009 at 3:06am
Well done Rick, keep at it, hope the hot tub helped

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