So Tahoe has not been getting any snow…at all. It’s getting quite frustrating that every time I check the weather forecast the predictions of a storm keep disappearing. Luckily Northstar is able to blow snow so they’ve been opening runs and refreshing their runs whenever possible, but once you look past the run, you see dirt and rocks everywhere. I’m keeping fingers crossed that once we enter February, the storms will start to come. I even bought new snow chains to prepare for the snow and yet I haven’t had a chance to use them yet.
With this lack of snow, I’ve been hitting the park and just working on new tricks and old ones. Maybe this lack of snow will finally push me to start spinning on bigger jumps since I have nothing else to do.
Does your place have snow? If it does please pray for snow for California since we’re getting screwed.
So the first week of 2014 I must say sucked. I’m hoping the first week of 2014 was just a fluke and the snow will start piling up in Tahoe because we so desperately need it right now. Every single prediction/forecast of a storm seems to just dissipate to thin air which is depressing since we’ve only had one big storm so far. The resorts around here are opening runs with their snow guns, but being that it’s January, it’s depressing to see so little open.
On top of the no snow, I got sick right off the bat. I missed the EL Tahoe meatup due to being sick and not being able to get out of bed. I was bummed about that since I was looking forward to it for a while. I guess I’ll have to wait for the Mammoth meatup at the end of April to see everyone.
The other thing that made this week miserable was my dog got into a bag of sugar free dark chocolate espresso beans as well as various other chocolate candies. At first we thought it was the other dog who ate the candy, but I decided to take Sakura to the vet just to make sure and sure enough when they induced vomiting, she threw up a ton of chocolate. I was emotionally a wreck since I wasn’t sure if my dog was poisoned or not. Luckily she survived, but the pet hospital in Truckee closed during the night so I had to drive her down to Reno to get the care she needed during the night and I had to pick her up in the morning since the emergency care closed during the day. She gave me such a fright and a pretty large vet bill on top of that. I guess I won’t be traveling for a while…
Ok so I’ve neglected this blog since June….my bad.
Since the last update there has been many changes and updates. I went to HCSC in July/August and it was so much fun. If you can go, I highly recommend going. You progress so much and the park that they have set up is really nice. Private park with rope tow…although I could never get the hang of the rope tow. Maybe that’s what I should work on next year?
At camp I was able to work on front 1′s off of features. Toward the end of camp I was able to get them and I also started working on my front 3′s off of small jumps. I made a ton of new friends while at camp and I hope to be able to ride with them this season. My knee held up well for the 6 days of riding which surprised me. Although on one of the days, my knee swelled up from doing jumps.
Another big update is….I moved up to Tahoe for the winter season! After searching on craigslist for a place, I found an awesome house and great roommates. I’ve gotten 26 days so far this season riding mostly Northstar. I’ve been mainly riding park and trying to get more and more comfortable in the park. I was able to throw a front 1 off of a bigger jump so that was a major accomplishment. I’ve been working on switch riding and just trying to hone my skills. Unfortunately, the snow has not arrived in Tahoe. We only received one major storm and even the snow from that storm has melted due to the high temps. Keeping fingers crossed that 2014 is a snowy year. We definitely need it after the last 2 seasons.
I plan to update this blog a bit more often than last year. I completely neglected it, but I’m back now! Bring on the snow!
I finally signed up to go to summer camp at Mt Hood. It was a bit pricey, but I thought hey, might as well splurge a little and it’s always fun riding in the summer.
The last 2 years I’ve gone with MHSSC, but this year I decided to go with HCSC. MHSSC is great and I loved the coaches, but unless if I wait until the end of summer for the adult session there weren’t that many adults. I was mainly hanging out with kids and the kids are great, but I would like to hang out with someone closer to my age. Also I was thinking of staying in Govy camp and when I ran the numbers and everything, MHSSC would’ve cost as much as HCSC if I stayed in Govy. So I was like…well it’s always fun to try something new.
I’m going to be at Session 5 (7/26-8/2). I am really looking forward to it. I still need to buy plane tickets and also get a physical exam. I didn’t know this, but HCSC requires that you have gotten a physical within 2 years of going to camp. Now I’ve never even gotten a physical so hopefully I can find a place that can squeeze me in and sign my paperwork for me…probably just go to CVS and get a physical there for like $70.
The past weekend was the EL meatup. People from all over the place came and met in Mammoth for a weekend of fun times. We rented a nice condo with a creek running in the backyard for all of us to stay at. There were about 15 of us total. We had guys from Canada and Illinois come in too.
The first day back on snow felt awesome! I was worried at first if I would remember how to ride and that I would fail miserably getting off the lift, but it didn’t feel too awkward. After a couple of runs, it felt really normal just riding. My knee was a bit stiff, but my friend said my riding looked as though I never got hurt. I cruised around the first day, hit a low box a couple of times. It was just so fun riding! It was a gorgeous day! The snow was nice and slushy so I knew I wouldn’t have to worry about ice and the slow signs were few and far between. Bad thing though is a person in our group broke his collar bone. It was completely snapped. I wasn’t there when he hurt himself, but apparently he went down after catching an edge and just unfortunately fell in a way to break his collar bone. Hopefully his recovery will be quick!
Later that night we went to a NOFX concert at main lodge since the Grenade Games were at Mammoth this weekend. Didn’t really see much of the competition, but I did score a Nike neck gaitor from the booth they had. They were handing them out for free and you can never have too many neck gaitors to protect your face and neck from the sun. I wanted to see the downhill comp, but we left the hill before that happened. The NOFX concert was fun. I got to meet new people as well as catch up with some people I hadn’t seen in a while. We then all made our way to dinner. One guy decided to just go back to the condo after the concert. Turned out he didn’t have a key on him so in his drunken state he broke 2 doors to get inside. When all of us saw the damage the next day, well we were kind of in 1. awe 2. shock 3. why didn’t he call one of us to go back and open the door for him?
After dinner, we wanted to go to Underground, but apparently they weren’t letting people inside unless if you bought a ticket ( I don’t think I ever saw on any of their e-mails we needed a ticket to get in) and someone apparently stole all the VIP wristbands so they weren’t letting anyone in. We were sad that we couldn’t take a pic with the game and instagram it since that was the challenge of the week. After that we all kind of just went home since we were tired.
The second day turned out to be an equally nice day on hill. I cruised around and kept hitting the low box. I even hit a downtube which was really fun. And this is where I made a stupid decision. Since my knee was holding up well and I didn’t really think, I hit the 2 jumps at the bottom of forest. The first jump was mellow and you definitely need more speed to clear it so for the second jump I just pointed it. Well I went in too deep into the landing and had to land with a hard impact. I immediately felt pain in my knee and I just sat down after I came to a stop. All the guys I was riding with came running toward me to make sure I was ok and someone flagged down ski patrol for me. I sat there for a good 15min waiting for the pain to go away and to test out my leg. At this point I was really mad at myself. I was told by the doc to take it easy and here I was taking a jump on a knee I just injured not so long ago. Luckily I was able to make it down on my snowboard and refused to be brought down in a sled. I went to first aid and got myself an ice pack. There I proceeded to have a mandatory meltdown which is what happens when I hurt myself. It was painful to put weight on my leg, but the pain was not on the same scale as when I broke my tibia. So for the car ride home, I kept my knee elevated and iced as much as possible.
I went to the doc today to get the knee checked out and to get it xrayed. The ligaments seem fine and the xray came back ok…so right now it’s a huge sign of relief. I was told by the doc to stay on crutches for the next 2 weeks…yay…and to also get the swelling down in my knee since it’s double the size of the other knee right now.
2 weeks is not as bad as 4 months…so I will take that and store this as a lesson for myself to actually take it easy when I come back from an injury. I definitely need to keep strengthening my knee more.
Monday I had my last doc visit. The doc checked to make sure that I had no pain by moving my leg around and also putting pressure on different areas of my knee. He then asked if I was still going to physical therapy and I told him I stopped going about 2 weeks ago. He then asked what I’ve been doing to strengthen my leg and I just gave him a list of the exercises I do. Finally he asked…so have you done anything dynamic? I was like dynamic? Ummmm well no, but I’m thinking of going to Mammoth this weekend and sorta/kinda/well most likely going to ride on the bunny hill…
To my surprise, my super conservative doc actually oked for me to go on the bunny hill. He was like with how you’ve progressed, I see no issues. He emphasized though that I needed to stay on the bunny hill.
So with an ok from my doc and having been told that my injury has healed, I will be going on the bunny hill this weekend for the EL meat up. I cannot wait!
Now I need to make sure I bring everything with me and pack…
I haven’t updated in a while because I’ve been busy with work (new job! yay!), but the leg is getting there. I can now jog and I’ve been on several mile long hikes to get the leg used to working for extended periods of time. It’s been 4 months since I broke my leg and my leg feels almost 100% There’s still a little bit of stiffness, but that should be going away any time now.
I also had my last physical therapy session last week. I was talking with my physical therapist and we got into the conversation about how much longer I had left. She said everything was good, except just the strength part. After talking it over with her, she said I could pretty much just strengthen at home by myself. Some patients actually need to have to come in and have someone tell them what to do, but since I’ve been doing all the exercises for a while now I know it by heart. Also it’s kind of expensive when you have to pay for medical expenses upfront so I decided to go with the “gym” option aka working out on your own.
I’ve been pretty vigilante about doing my exercise almost daily (I usually have one day of rest a week) and I’m able to run up and down the stairs now. I can’t full on run, but I was never really a runner and I’m such a slow ass runner it doesn’t bother me that I can’t run at my full speed. The ankle has gotten better and there is no more pain after getting some physical therapy on it. I’ve been playing on my balance board at home as well just to get the sense of balance back. The left side is still weak compared to the right.
I plan on snowboarding in a little over a week for the EL meatup I’ll probably just be on the bunny slope for the weekend, but I’m really excited about it. I have one more doc visit which is next Monday and I have a feeling he’ll clear me to go back to doing sports, but probably tell me to take it easy (which I will….I think).
I’m also planning on going to camp this summer. I’ve decided I want to either try Windell’s or HCSC to change it up a bit from MHSSC and also to be around adults. MHSSC is fun, but it’s a hit or miss as to whether there will be adults there unless if I wait until end of August. I need to pick one soon and put a deposit down before all the spaces fill up.