Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Fibula, ACL, MCL

The epic Ski Tour ground to a halt at the base of an aspen tree at Brighton Ski Area Monday. Broken fibula and torn ACL and MCL. I'm insured but my deductable is high. Here's the X-Ray.

So I won't be using the leg much for awhile. I'll continue to keep anyone interested posted on developments. Any good vibes are appreciated and I'm considering setting up a Paypal acct. for those interested in donating to help cover medical bills. Stay tuned.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Mcl, acl, fibula

Everythings broken:

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Big Couloir

Yesterday, Ed insisted we ski the Big Couloir at Big Sky.  It's the classic line on the mountain.  I was too busy trying to ski to take pictures so I snagged a few from the intertubes.  It's the obvious line to the lookers right of the summit as shown above.  Below is a closer look from the tram.

This is what it looks like from the top right before you drop in.

In all my years skiing/riding, this was by far the most...

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Can't Sleep, Must Ride

I got into bed last night around 3am after my second full day of skiing and two late night party sets of music at the Big Sky, Big Grass Festival.  At the time, it wasn't snowing.  I set the alarm for 10am as a safety net.  Woke up at 7am, looked outside and it was dumping.  Again.  Now I can't sleep.  Drinking coffee and water; the pre-game ritual, trying to decide if I get on the snowboard today or stick with the skis (Snowboard seems to be winning, it just looks so forlorn over there in the corner while it's absolutely dumping outside).

It's been waiting patiently in the corner, looking all legendary. 
Full pot of coffee and I'll be out the door.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Big Sky

It's snowing.  Yesterday we got 2-5, overnight we got another one and it's currently lightly snowing at North Americas Baddest Resort.  No pictures yet, not enough light (and I only do iPhone pictures because I keep it simple) but they'll come, soon as the sun comes out.  Skiid yesterday, skiing again today, may bust out the snowboard if the snow gets deeper.  Not much else to say except that my legs are absolutely destroyed from the first day.  Not really anything other than skiing that will get you in shape for skiing.  Wish I had more for you, but you'll just have to be patient (both of you). 

Until next time.

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Road to Big Sky

Rockford, Illinois to Ames, Iowa today. Driving straight into another snowstorm. Friday we saw almost a foot in Ohio and they're expecting six inches overnight in Iowa but Big Sky is still without new snow. Probably time to burn some skis, see if we can motivate Url to start dropping some snow in Montana, Northern Colorado and Utah. Wishing Sku Tour had us traveling further south as Wolf Creek and Taos are getting the serious snow right now.

This shot was taken late night in Denison before an all-night, open-bar pick with the Dappled Greys.

Tonight we'll see what Iowa has to offer. None of us have ever played in the Hawkeye State.

Still looking for ski passes in Steamboat and Little/Big Cottonwood Canyons. Anything helps...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

State Championship

Last year, the State Championship race was my third race in 8 years. I entered the Single Speed race, wished I'd entered the CX4's and ended up in like 6th place or something. Pack fill. This year State was held two months later amidst a "massive" snowstorm. This meant several things. It meant that most of the roadies and mountain bikers who race cross as a secondary pursuit are doing "base miles" and as such, wouldn't be caught anywhere near a cyclocross race during their base period. It also meant that many of the guys who are still racing were either unwilling or unable to conquer the storm and get to the race. There were only 5 of us in the Pro 1/2 race, and only 2 of us were from Tennessee. You can see where this is heading.

It's a little awkward telling people you're the State Champion at a sport that only attracts 2-5 people per race. It's even harder explaining that even though I came in second, I'm still the State Champion. When a seasoned, national pro shows up and kicks your ass on your home turf it's humbling. It's actually a little irritating. I mean, I would have won like $100 if Adam hadn't shown up. So basically I was the fastest guy from Tennessee that showed up on Sunday. Simple.