The ‘ ski poles ‘ were $459 …
The ‘ ski poles ‘ were $459 …
Guess how much I have had to pay for ‘ special ski poles’ for sit skiing, on account of being paralysed?
Pretty good standard ski poles made of carbon fibre for ‘normal’ skiers are about £70 .. for reference.
I’m on my way back – Rob ( Reginald Molehusband reborn ) driving, or I wouldn’t be writing this..
As I’ve always been my own worse critic, I’m dissatisfied with how I progressed in a sitski.
In my head, the facts that I went twice as fast, did black runs and even understood the theory of the quite contrary technique don’t make me avoid dwelling on the number of crashes I had on the icy sections or on confined tracks where I just didn’t have enough room ( and confidence ) to try sharp turns to slow myself down – there being on one side trees and the other side a cliff.
I was on Day 5 faced with the choice of ploughing into a group of people all stood together on a narrow and icy track, or deliberately skiing up a steep bank into bushes. I took the second option and survived the double somersault.
I hopefully get another go at this in April and perhaps then improve further.
When I had working legs I’d get a bit down when I felt I’d not skied well, but not like the mental torment I feel now when I crash / topple over and am then totally and completely powerless to right myself.
JJ, my guide, is a hard taskmaster, and that’s good for me overall. He seemed very happy with the way things went in general.
I spent most evenings looking on YouTube watching the best Paralympic skiers and thinking how crap I was compared to them.
After only about 2 whole weeks on a sit ski I suppose that I am a touch unrealistic.
Thanks to Dan and Rob and Kev and JJ and everyone else that helped me.
I am shivering so hard under a duvet.
Probably another feverish episode that I keep getting now.
No idea why.
Thanks to Dan, Rob C and Kev for their considerable assistance today.
I can’t imagine a time when I could do this sport solo
Day 6 was a bit mixed.
I had an awful lot on my mind today, and it was reflected in my sit skiing.
Having said that I got down 3 black runs ( my first post injury ) without major mishap, so a victory I suppose.
After stopping for lunch I switched on an app which records various stats.
As I am Welsh, Mike thinks we are all this clever.
SOME OF THE ‘BRIGHTER’ MOMENTS FROM ‘’Welsh’’ BBC QUIZZES.
UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE (BBC2)
What is another name for ‘cherrypickers’ and ‘cheesemongers’?
No. They’re regiments in the British Army who will be very upset with you.
BEG, BORROW OR STEAL (BBC2)
Where do you think Cambridge University is?
Geography isn’t my strong point.
There’s a clue in the title.
Who had a worldwide hit with What A Wonderful World?
I don’t know.
I’ll give you some clues: what do you call the part between your hand and your elbow?
Correct. And if you’re not weak, you’re…?
Correct – and what was Lord Mountbatten’s first name?
Well, there we are then. So who had a worldwide hit with the song What A Wonderful World?
LATE SHOW (BBC WALES )
What is the capital of Italy ?
France is another country. Try again.
Oh, um, Benidorm.
Wrong, sorry, let’s try another question. In which country is the Parthenon?
Sorry, I don’t know.
Just guess a country then.
THE WEAKEST LINK (BBC2)
Oscar Wilde, Adolf Hitler and Jeffrey Archer have all written books about their experiences in what: – Prison, or the Conservative Party?
The Conservative Party.
BEACON RADIO ( PONTYPOOL )
For 10, what is the nationality of the Pope?
Ruth from Rowley Regis:
I think I know that one. Is it Jewish?
What was Gandhi’s first name?
GWR FM ( CARDIFF)
What happened in Dallas on November 22, 1963?
I don’t know, I wasn’t watching it then.
PHIL WOOD SHOW (BBC RADIO? SWANSEA)
What’s 11 squared?
I don’t know.
I’ll give you a clue. It’s two ones with a two in the middle.
Is it five?
RICHARD AND JUDY
Which American actor is married to Nicole Kidman?
RICHARD AND JUDY
On which street did Sherlock Holmes live?
Er. … …
He makes bread . . ..
Er .. ……
He makes cakes . . ..
TAFF’S FM PHONE-IN
Which is the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world?
I was really after the name of a country.
I’m sorry, I don’t know the names of any countries in Spain ..
NATIONAL LOTTERY (BBC1)
What is the world’s largest continent?
ROCK FM ( CAMARTHANSHIRE)
Name a film starring Bob Hoskins that is also the name of a famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
THE BIGGEST GAME IN TOWN (ITV)
Steve Le Fevre:
What was signed, to bring World War I to an end in 1918?
JAMES O’BRIEN SHOW (LBC)
How many kings of England have been called Henry?
Er, well, I know there was a Henry the Eighth …. ER. ER … Three?
CHRIS SEARLE SHOW (BBC RADIO TAFFY )
In which European country is Mount Etna ?
I did say which European country, so in case you didn’t hear that, I can let you try again.
Er …….. Mexico ?
PAUL WAPPAT (BBC RADIO WALES )
How long did the Six-Day War between Egypt and Israel last?
Contestant (long pause):
DARYL DENHAM’S DRIVETIME (VIRGIN RADIO)
In which country would you spend shekels?
Try the next letter of the alphabet.
Iceland? Ireland ?
Daryl Denham: (helpfully)
It’s a bad line. Did you say Israel ?
PHIL WOOD SHOW (BBC GMR)
What ‘K’ could be described as the Islamic Bible?
Er… …. …
It’s got two syllables . . . Kor . .
Ha ha ha ha, no. The past participle of run .. . ..
OK, try it another way. Today I run, yesterday I . . .
What is the name given to the condition where the sufferer can fall asleep at any time?
STEVE WRIGHT IN THE AFTERNOON (BBC RADIO 2)
Johnny Weissmuller died on this day. Which jungle-swinging character clad only in a loin cloth did he play?
And they walk among us!
And I did go better.
More control and more speed, better turns on steeper pitches, with more confidence and relaxation being the key.
When I look back at a video of me from last year, although I thought I was fairly good then, I can see all my faults.
Under standing what you’re doing wrong, and conversely well, is a big breakthrough.
Now when I crash I know why I did, rather than being bewildered.
I have a couple more days to go, and I do expect to get better.
No blood ( from anywhere ) today.
Not for the first time, I have managed to injure myself internally inserting a catheter.
I can tell when after fully pushing one in, I get no release of urine. Rather, on pulling it out I get a lot of blood on the catheter.
What I’ve done is to push sufficiently hard to push through internal tissue and create a hole inside me somewhere that shouldn’t be there.
I guess this potentially also leads to infection possibly ( or probably ) as well as even more spasming.
On a lighter note, my skiing today was a lot better.
I watched myself on video ( Rob wearing my GoPro ) and realised that what I thought I was doing ( technique wise ) wasn’t actually the reality. That enabled me to change my style today which gave me a shit load more control. Well, that and some new snow.
Tomorrow, whilst leaving a bloody trail behind me, I may go even better?