Todd: So, please expand on your admitted foot fetish. Are you in the habit of looking at other peoples feet while they don and remove their boots, or have you become acquainted with his feet through some other mechanism.
I have probed every nook and cranny of his feet and measured them twice. I know every bone in his feet by feel and sight. Is Jim frightened yet? (I fear he may not ski with me this season.)
It's amazing how different every foot is in a roomful of people ... even the supposed members of a left right pair.
Legs, knees, and hips too.
Race coaches, ski instructors, engineers, and a token neurosurgeon made for an interesting alignment technician training group.
Jim shouldn't worry. I can obsess about his feet through his street shoes well enough. And in a pinch I can pull out my x-Ray vision ski goggles. I do begin to recall now why Jim may be concerned. Jim, do you still wear panty hose to ski in??
Post by JimRatliff on Nov 22, 2015 18:22:48 GMT -7
Thank you Todd. An exceptional response just as I was phishing and hoping for. And, as always, your memory of past events is somewhat staggering. I may see if I can come up with the picture Lynn says you are remembering.
But no, Lynn seemed to have a problem with me wearing panty hose, and it wasn't because I looked better than her!! :-)
Last Edit: Nov 22, 2015 18:24:29 GMT -7 by JimRatliff
Speaking of left-right asymmetries ... my knees were too much alike, so I subjected the right knee to a nasty tumbling fall between a fan gun and an unguided human missile at A-Basin on opening day after 2.5 runs. I'd got my skiing in and it was time to do the skier's equivalent of getting a tattoo. That knee is now 1/2 inch bigger around and that VMO has become broader and less well-defined (okay, weak and defeated.) I can now tell my two knees apart without peeking at the toes beneath them. Righty. Lefty.
My hamstrings and quads on both sides forgot all their summer training and went on a rapid slimming diet. When I coax them back, the right biceps femoris will be the one with the quirky short arm and the bulging vastus lateralis should also be the right one. Righty, Lefty. For the present though, both sides simply look weak and identical. I should've done this 20 years ago. I turned 50 last spring, and am discovering that muscles no longer double in size overnight from one day's exertions :-( I've heard it said that "50 is the new 30" so I should bulk up in a week or two. The last few days, I've played gently with a broomstick balance board and can balance on it again. And I've managed to do a few (balance-assisted) one legged squats flexing about 60*. I'm not ready to go lower yet since that knee hyperflexed and the ski kicked my butt hard. Now that I've proven myself, I'll probably stick to various lunges until my knee is again bulletproof.
I am curious about the effect on my future skiing. Besides footbed magic, I have a big cant under the right foot. Even so, this was my good stance foot. If I had two of my old right legs, then I'd be a damned good skier despite the significant bowleggedness and tibial varum plus a moderately varus forefoot. In hindsight, I probably should have trashed the other knee. But I wasn't thinking far enough ahead when the opportunity revealed itself, and I chose to grab it before the moment was gone.
Post by livingproof on Nov 23, 2015 10:27:52 GMT -7
Todd, Hope your achy knees return to the former state of health. I think you are well advised in being conservative while performing kneed squatting type exercises. The older I get, the more critical good form becomes while performing leg exercises. My knees have become subject to patella femoral syndrome deterioration over the past several years, and, it's not fun walking down slopes or getting up from a chair. Don't let your kneecap get over the front of your feet. I've been trying to squat simply by pushing my butt backward and keeping the knee slightly flexed just as if you were in your ski boots. I find this motion and position very much aligned with the PMTS flexing movements. Also, dead lifts and kettle bell swings are knee friendly and beneficial to ski condtioning. Hip stretching exercises help relieve my knee pain greatly, so, give it a try. Here is link to a routine I use daily.
I'm not a PT expert, just trying to keep the knees pain-free. I'm convinced a major contributor to my knee issues last ski season were from over aggressive use of squat exercises and poor form. You are 20 years younger so do all you can to protect your knees.
BTW, as we have drifted from the OP, would you be ok if I created a knee issue thread.
Post by JimRatliff on Nov 23, 2015 12:25:42 GMT -7
You may not "bulk overnight" but the base that you did have will serve you well. You may have lost some muscle cells, but the cardiovascular system to rebuild and supply those cells is pretty much still in place (at least that's what Lynn says). She has been correct about things like this in the past (because her husband was a nationally recognized tri-athlete trainer?). At the beginning of each bike season, I can tell that I am starting from a stronger place than the previous (in spite of the fact that each years starts with me a year older).
Be on the alert of "compensatory movements" that you may develop during the "outage". I've had a couple of back surgeries, with some semi-permanent (is that an oxymoron) nerve damage, and discovered that I compenstate without realizing it, and then have to focus on undoing that where I can.
All of those big words you used, are those muscles and bones in the body, or did you make them up assuming that we would never check to realizing you were BS'ing. Or, a more honest version of that question, is that stuff taught in the alignment camp or stuff you already had picked up over the years?
Last Edit: Nov 24, 2015 9:42:52 GMT -7 by JimRatliff
I just logged in and created an account at Pugski. Looks familar, but that's probably a good thing.
But I don't think there is very much hope that Phil will ever be able to sell his site to Vail, Inc.
Don't be so hasty, my friend. Phil is an amazing salesman. I've heard he even sold a pair of skis to sharpedges once. I wouldn't put it past Phil to sell VRI on rebranding itself as Pugski International as it continues its expansion out of North America.
livingproof: Philly is an ice rink this morning, freezing rain over very cold streets. Weather is putting a dent into my ski season.
Jan 5, 2014 9:39:28 GMT -7
svend: LP - we had a three-day ice storm here just before Christmas, so I know well what you're dealing with. Not fun. Hope there's no damage in Philly. Take care.
Jan 5, 2014 20:23:02 GMT -7
livingproof: Philly weather warm fog last night, 8 inches of new snow = history! 8 degrees F tomorrow morning. Should be some great local boilerplate!
Jan 6, 2014 7:42:34 GMT -7
meput: - 22° F the other morning. +54° today. Forcast 0° tonight. Temperature rollercoaster at my home. The 'loaf got RAIN with the warm up. Looking forward to skiing on shaved ice
Jan 6, 2014 16:28:43 GMT -7
svend: Same story here...25 cm snow last night, some more freezing rain, and now there's 80 km/hr winds and -25 C temps. Wind chill is pushing -40 C. Supposed to continue all day tomorrow too. Whacky weather.
Jan 6, 2014 20:52:30 GMT -7
ToddW: -20° F on the drive up to VT on Friday. Freezing rain and heavy fog Sunday night made for an 8 hour return trip. Record low at home this morning. 40s and rain by Friday. What's up with the weather?
Jan 7, 2014 18:04:52 GMT -7
svend: Polar vortex is back. -26 C this morning. Will need a block heater in the car if this keeps up. Poor thing barely cranked this morning.
Jan 22, 2014 7:30:05 GMT -7
JimRatliff: Polar Vortex??? Is that the new Head all-mountain carving ski I've been hearing so much about?
Jan 22, 2014 9:04:03 GMT -7
JimRatliff: That's pretty chilly. 7F (-13C) in Central Park. Glad you didn't send the real cold air down.
Jan 22, 2014 9:04:58 GMT -7
JimRatliff: OK, but I still think "Polar Vortex" and "Polar Express" could be the start of a great family of ski names.
Jan 22, 2014 10:45:22 GMT -7
svend: I like it! Blizzard should take those on. Fits with their name. Easier to say than "Viva Ultrasonic Full Suspension IQ", or some such ridiculousness. Who can remember all that?
Jan 22, 2014 20:29:13 GMT -7
livingproof: Another round of Philly area snow....we're ground zero this season. Please start sending any future storms north.
Mar 2, 2014 8:15:55 GMT -7
svend: Neverending winter here in Ontario. More snow last night. Cold temps coming this week. Word on the street is that some local ski hills may be open until May. Remarkable and unprecedented.
Mar 22, 2014 9:03:22 GMT -7
superbman: we were supposed to make it to next weekend, but they put out that we're closing tomorrow. Bummer.
Mar 28, 2014 9:06:50 GMT -7
JimRatliff: I think most local places here are closing as well. Yesterday was last at Elk.
Mar 30, 2014 4:17:15 GMT -7
livingproof: My Blue Mtn home is planning to open next weekend (closed midweek). Spring temps are finally here, not sure if I'll make a final trip.
Mar 30, 2014 6:00:04 GMT -7
ToddW: Surefire way to scare away family skiers, from the Killington conditions page: "Expect huge bumps on Superstar for the Killington Triathlon."
May 2, 2014 13:22:58 GMT -7
JimRatliff: I just wanted to wish all a Happy Holidays. Amazing how quickly Christmas follows Thanksgiving.
Dec 13, 2014 14:53:23 GMT -7
superbman: I was looking at the reviews on real skiers for the Kastle FX 85 and FX 85HP…both interested me greatly, how similar are these to the FX 84 (if you have skied both..or is the 85 the 84??)
Sept 13, 2015 14:52:00 GMT -7