I’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging, but it’s because life has been full. When not working, I’ve been playing in the snow. It’s been amazing. Remember my posts on how rough this year has been regarding snowfall in the east? Well, I have to say Jiminy Peak (our home mountain) put up an amazing fight, and we have had a stellar season thanks to their grooming prowess.
According to my Ski Tracks app I went out 40 times last year and 41 times the year prior. Today I hit day 41 on the slopes for this season, and I see another few weeks coming (and I was sick most of Dec so I lost time). Yeah, this year definitely came back well. However, we did end up with one glitch. Chris took my current favorite run (Riptide), and it ripped him apart 🙁
(That was March 4.).
He was playing on the bumps on the side and landed on some ice with his arm outstretched. Now he had two fractured ribs and a Type 3 AC separation on his shoulder. When I took him to the Emergency Room for scans, they also noted he had a heart problem and another minor issue. We were quite concerned about the heart. But it was a false alarm, thank goodness. His followup appointments show his heart is perfect.
Amongst all that fun, I was getting a colonoscopy. They removed a polyp that was pre-cancer so I’m glad I went through the process. Sure beats cancer itself.
We were also in process of legally switching our life to a base in Massachusetts – so there were appointments for license renewals and car registrations. In all the stacks of paperwork, I lost my temporary license. But it’s okay. The real one came before I really had to drive anywhere.
So yeah, this month has been busy and interesting. Amazing slope time, a bit of hardship, and life goes on. Chris is off the slopes for a few weeks. But he doesn’t need surgery, and the pain is now receding.
I miss him out there with me on the slopes. That said, I’ve also enjoyed time with other friends. And I now often go out alone and have learned to love that, too. You can’t go wrong with any of the options. Slope time soothes my soul in an incredible way. And I’m improving my technique, I think. I’m working on really finding my heel edge and getting more graceful in my turns. And just taking time to enjoy the beauty of nature.
Interestingly, when I’m with Chris, I see (in the app) that I tend to average about 11 mph overall but hit speeds up to 36.9 mph. Without him, my high speeds hover between 25-30, and my average is 9-11. So I definitely ride differently when not with him. I’m not sure if that is good or not. It seems I get a bit lazy. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Anyway, I miss writing, but apparently the reality is that I choose snow time over writing when given an option. I’m a bit of a hill addict, I think. People comment they are concerned when I don’t write. But really, this year anyway, it’s because I’m just super happy being in fresh air and away from a keyboard. At least until the season ends.
7 responses to “Health Issues in March (and mental healing on the slopes)”
Nothing beats being outside! Here in Springfield, we’re seeing the beginnings of spring, and my therapy is gardening.
Whatever soothes the soul, right? I’ll think spring in a few weeks, but I’m not quite ready for winter to end.
I was amused that you had to make a choice between snowboarding and writing. Still, I’m happy that you do both.
I’m glad things are settling down a little! Sounds busy! Enjoy the snowboarding while you can 😀
Thanks 🙂 I think we have a week or two left. I plan to get out as much as I can.
I am thrilled that you are living life and not just writing about it, as it soars by!!! 😁