Guess what I did on MLK day????
|Back in the saddle - finally!|
I twisted my doctor's arm a tiny bit, but in the end she grudgingly gave me the okay to try skiing. Well, with conditions of course. I promised to stay on easy groomed runs, to wrap the surgical area of my foot, and swore I'd only ski a couple hours.
|Sunny skies and new snow|
So last Monday, my buddy Kim and I had the MLK holiday off, and we headed up to Mt. Hood. Our timing was so utterly perfect. Not only did we escape the weekend rainstorm, the mountain received a couple inches of fresh snow overnight. Then the sun came out. Perfect!
|Kim is happy her ski buddy is back|
I was a wee bit apprehensive about how my ski boot would fit on my still-swollen right foot. So two days before our planned trip, I tried it on at home. Although snug, I was able to get it on (and more importantly, remove it) and didn't feel uncomfortable. I texted a photo of my foot in the boot to Kim with the message "Let's go skiing!"
|I missed these scenes|
My poor friend Kim. I'm the one she usually skis with, and since I was out of commission, she hadn't been up at all. You can imagine how happy she was to have her ski buddy back!
My first run was a bit wobbly. The foot was still a little sore, and it protested when hitting the inside of my boot. But once I got going, my foot did just fine. It felt absolutely wonderful to be sliding down a snowy slope again. I'd waited over two long months for this day. I was so happy, I even shed a few tears of joy.
|My old friend the sunburst|
I brought my new GoPro camera along, and had fun trying to take photos. I left my selfie pole in the car, so in order to get some footage, I coaxed Kim to hold the camera while I skied by. The result is this short video below. Proof I can still ski!
We skied all morning, and my foot held up wonderfully. Although it was a little swollen and sore, I was able to make turns and fly down the slopes (having some new fluffy snow sure helped!)
Near the end of a fabulous morning, Kim turned to me and exclaimed: "This is like the song in the Lego movie - everything is awesome!"
|Glad to be back with my best ski buddy|
Indeed it was. I couldn't have asked for a better first day back.