I did It! I skied!
It was JOY-ful, Robin! I got my skies out, knocking everything else in the closet down, waxed them, put on all the layers of clothing, worried if it would be enough and put on some more layers, broke into a sweat then headed out to the park. It felt so good! I bandaged up one knee and gingerly set off. Oh, not so bad, not so bad at all. Got more of a glide. it was smooth, easier to do than walking at times. Wasn’t going full tilt but I was going and was loving it, mumbling, “Thank you Thank you! Thank You!”.
I worried about those little leaves in the tracks knowing they can stop you dead and knock you hard to the ground. It didn’t happen. I stopped and fed the chickadees. I asked a woman to take my photo-good composition and she said that she knew nothing about cameras. I went home took a bath then dressed up for a grey cup party. That is the CFL big deal. Toronto won.
Then I creaked up off the couch at that party and hobbled to another outing. One fellow asked why I was “all stiff.” I told him that I went skiing. He said, “Boy, are you ever out of shape!”
I bit my tongue a little and responded that that was one reason why I went skiing. Did it hurt at the time? Oh I bandaged up the left knee and got a few sharp pains as well as in the right knee. Figured I will put tensors on both. Mostly it felt great.
Will I go again? Absolutely! for as long as I am able. Went for a walk today to loosen up and have a headache- I turned my head to listen to someone at the party and got a twinge in my neck. I need to be gentle but keep up regular exercise to maintain what I have, then slowly build on it.And the other thing is, you would never know I had pneumonia just a month ago. The ski was maybe up to 2 km and got safely down one tiny incline-it is the herringbone moves that have me a little worried. I believe that strengthening the muscles will help the techniques and losing the weight- both better for the arthritis.