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  1. #51
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    Glad to hear you're doing better, man.

    My progress has been much like yours except that I haven't had access to a pool. I bought myself a nice spin bike (since I had enjoyed the occasional spin class before getting injured) and have been riding every day that I'm not in "real" PT. Stationary bikes and treadmills really don't bother me like they do other folks. I just turn on the TV and go!

    After clearing it with the surgeon, I got out for one day of skiing locally. Skiing itself wasn't so bad, other than being much weaker than in the past, but the dangling weight of the boot and ski while on the lifts (with no foot rests) really bothered me at the beginning of the day. After 45 minutes, the pain of riding the lift was getting pretty bad, so I took a break for a bit, and deliberated calling it a day. The pain quieted down considerably with 10 or 15 minutes of rest so I went back out, and for whatever reason, I was mostly fine from there on out. I skied about half a day before I got bored and went home (the place I went didn't have much to offer except close and cheap). I'm hoping to get out skiing for a few days early next week up in New England.

    I still notice the injury every day, but it doesn't substantially interfere with daily life, it's mainly just that there's still a strength deficit. Like you, I would really like to get back to running, but they're telling me to wait another month. They have this pneumatic running harness thing that lets you run while it carries a portion of your weight. They were saying they might try me out on that soon.

    I absolutely agree that weight management is one of the hardest things about this injury. My current plan is to get on a medically supervised weight loss program as soon as I can run again. I typically lose weight in the winter (skiing, etc) and put it on in the summer (BBQs and beers) but this year I obviously gained in the winter, so I don't want to lose too much ground. I did a full course of "Insanity" before getting injured, in hopes of being in top shape for the season, and put on 10lbs of muscle doing that. Then, while recuperating from surgery, I put on another 15 of fat (plus enough extra fat to make up the weight from all the atrophy) while injured, some of which came off when I got the bike, but as I rebuilt my gimpy leg back to its former tree-trunk-like glory, it was all I could do to keep the number from going up even more. It has been a serious struggle.

    Good luck with the glacier skiing!

  2. #52
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    It's been a while. The wife is working today. Figured I'd check in.

    They've declared that I no longer meet the "clinical criteria" for PT (i.e. kicked me out). I can do almost everything, except, of course, lose this damn weight. Before the injury I was running 25-30 miles a week, and now I can do maybe 5 miles, twice a week, while also filling in with the bike. It's not exactly super cool. Looking forward to the ski season this year, although I've been slowly coming around to accepting that it's probably never going to be like it was. That said, I've been thinking about maybe working with a trainer to try and regain some ground.

    Need a new TGR flick to get amped

    Hope @smitty3063 is doing well.

  3. #53
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    I am really sorry for what happened to you in that manner. A friend of mine was out on vacation with his family and did also attempted for the very first time. Did got injured very badly. As for now he takes necessary precaution measures while traveling, hiking and skeing.
    Last edited by Samshaks; 11-06-2015 at 03:28 AM.

  4. #54
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    I tore my right AT three weeks ago during skitouring.
    We had zero sight while skiing down.
    I had the feeling that the ground before me was somehow higher, but I guessed that it was a minor bump and I could ski over it.
    Actually it was a real snow wall and I crashed into it before realising what was going on.
    The binding indeed released (Dynafit Vertical ST at some 7)
    I didn't feel much except a strain in the calf and my greatest fear was a muscle tear.
    Once down I couldn't walk normally but I drove some 3h without issues.
    Next day I went to an ortho which promptly failed to recognise the problem.
    9 days later I went back to him and again(!) he told me just to be patient and take some pain killer.
    After another week and some research, including this thread, I was quite sure that I torn the AT.

    Last Monday I went to a second ortho who had no pain confirming what I suspected and scheduled me for surgery three days later i.e. tomorrow.
    Today I did an MRT and discussed everything with ortho/surgeon and anaesthetist.

    I was wearing Dynafit zZero4.
    With stiffer boots I'm quite sure that this wouldn't have happen.

    As soon as back on-line I will probably tour with the Cochise 130.

    For the records: I currently live in Munich (Germany)

  5. #55
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    Quote Originally Posted by PNB View Post
    I tore my right AT three weeks ago during skitouring.
    We had zero sight while skiing down.
    I had the feeling that the ground before me was somehow higher, but I guessed that it was a minor bump and I could ski over it.
    Actually it was a real snow wall and I crashed into it before realising what was going on.
    The binding indeed released (Dynafit Vertical ST at some 7)
    I didn't feel much except a strain in the calf and my greatest fear was a muscle tear.
    Once down I couldn't walk normally but I drove some 3h without issues.
    Next day I went to an ortho which promptly failed to recognise the problem.
    9 days later I went back to him and again(!) he told me just to be patient and take some pain killer.
    After another week and some research, including this thread, I was quite sure that I torn the AT.

    Last Monday I went to a second ortho who had no pain confirming what I suspected and scheduled me for surgery three days later i.e. tomorrow.
    Today I did an MRT and discussed everything with ortho/surgeon and anaesthetist.

    I was wearing Dynafit zZero4.
    With stiffer boots I'm quite sure that this wouldn't have happen.

    As soon as back on-line I will probably tour with the Cochise 130.

    For the records: I currently live in Munich (Germany)
    Good luck. You'll heal back up just fine with proper PT and motivation.

    BTW - it takes about 20 seconds to diagnose an achilles rupture. Any idiot who can squeeze your calf muscle can do it for you


  6. #56
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    Quote Originally Posted by sierraskier View Post
    Good luck. You'll heal back up just fine with proper PT and motivation.

    BTW - it takes about 20 seconds to diagnose an achilles rupture. Any idiot who can squeeze your calf muscle can do it for you
    Thanks!
    I already look forward to the next season.
    Yes, I know meanwhile of the Thompson test and that's why I realized what my problem was/is and went straight to the 2nd ortho.

  7. #57
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    When I tore mine I was in flexons with a #10 tongue. Plenty stiff, but I think it's probably possible to overcome the stiffest boots resistance in certain situations.
    Goal: ski in the 2018/19 season

  8. #58
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shorty_J View Post
    When I tore mine I was in flexons with a #10 tongue. Plenty stiff, but I think it's probably possible to overcome the stiffest boots resistance in certain situations.
    I wonder if this is more or just the case for 3-pieces shoes - i.e. with tongue?
    At least some models, despite tiff, are known to collapse after a given limit is reached.
    TLT 5 for one.
    I never heard such a thing about shoes with overlapping construction.

    OP Day +2
    Meanwhile I found a used bike trainer (the sort where I can put a race bike on) to help rehab ASAP and I will use the chance to learn to swim properly.
    Last edited by PNB; 03-12-2016 at 04:03 AM.

  9. #59
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    I tore my Achilles in a bd factor 130, old model, overlap, but I do think that it was kind of soft

  10. #60
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    Quote Originally Posted by rod9301 View Post
    I tore my Achilles in a bd factor 130, old model, overlap, but I do think that it was kind of soft
    That's bad.
    May I ask, how it happened?

    I'd quite love to feel sort of safe, as soon as I will ski again.

  11. #61
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    Steep couloir, on my first turn, I hit a patch of ice, couldn't hold an edge, and started tumbling backwards. I tumbled for 600 vertical feet until the slope lessened and I was able to stop.
    Then a 6 mile ordeal to get to the car.

    Reason for edges not holding:
    I have cants under my bindings, 3 degrees on the left, 1/2 on the right.
    I mistakenly switched skis before I started down.

    That left me with no edge on left ski.
    I remember thinking"why tf I can't turn to the right???"

    Then, as I was approaching at high speed the edge of the couloir, I over rotated and lost the tails.

    Probably too much information, but you asked.

  12. #62
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    Quote Originally Posted by rod9301 View Post

    Probably too much information, but you asked.
    Thanks for sharing.

  13. #63
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5bIW882OR8

    For the benefit of those who may not have caught the Kids in the Hall Reference. Hadn't thought of those guys in years.

  14. #64
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    I ruptured my left Achilles on March 4 while skiing Sun Valley.
    I had Achilles repair surgery on March 9 in Bend, OR.
    My appt to get current splint/cast off and into walking boot is scheduled for March 23.
    I plan to ski again beginning next season 18/19.

    This event was dominantly related to my dumb decisions. I was skiing knee deep fresh pow over dirt/rock (no base underneath pow on this slope). This occurred during my 4th lap skiing this slope, and was gonna be our last run just before taking a lunch break. I went a bit harder than my previous 3 lines and exploded on a rock mid turn at speed near the end of my run. The right ski came off instantly, left ski didnít release and went for a ride with me over the handlebars in a forward launch face first into pow. Immediately my left ankle hurt like hell. I clicked out of left binding with my wifeís help, as I thought I had sprained my ankle or broke something.

    I then found the right ski within a few minutes of crawling around in pow. I clicked back into both skis and traversed out of this pow field onto a groomer, then side slipped down to a chairlift and rode the chairlift up, hobbled over to the gondola and rode the gondola down to base area, and then filled out a patrol report once sitting in a wheelchair.

    My wife picked me up in our camper van and took me to the Ketchum ER.
    I got the left boot hot with the van's propane heater and removed the boot during the drive to the hospital. They took x-rays and performed Thompson test, put me in a splint while selling me crutches.
    My wife drove me to Boise that night where we stayed with some friends, then home to Bend the next day. I was able to get an ortho appointment the following day, which is how I got into surgery so quickly.

    The unfortunate accomplices:
    Salomon Ghost 130 boots
    2011 ON3P Wrenegade 181cm (113mm underfoot)

  15. #65
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    @gepmeow: I'm curious... What part of the situation do you "blame" for your injury? In my case, I was being a dumbass and was skiing around with my boots unbuckled. For instance, I'm wondering if you would say that your rear binding was set too high? Or was it just 'bad luck'?

    Ian

  16. #66
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    I was skiing too aggressively through a pow field which I knew had hidden features beneath (rocks, stumps) which the pow surface would not allude to visually. There was literally no base under this pow, just dirt, rocks, and stumps.

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    Achilles tear in ski crash?

    That sucks. Good luck in your recovery.

    Iíve thought about all those times that Iíve skied in marginally thin conditions and was taking a bigger chance than I might have thought.


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