I spent last week in Park City, acclimating to the thin mountain air. I also had a trip to the doctors last Thursday because a few weeks ago I had a pretty bad rollerski crash that dislocated both of my thumbs in the distal joint. I didn’t think it was such a big deal, and that they would heal up pretty quickly… but my right one still seemed pretty messed up. So I had a doctor X-ray it and it turns out I had smashed it pretty good. The cartilage is gone because the end of the bone is shattered and now the joint isn’t lining up right. To fix this I would need a bone graft to put the cartilage back on the end of the bone and i would need a pin put in for 6 weeks (and then taken back out) to line the joint back up. The good news is though, that as long as I can live with the pain, it isn’t a surgery that needs to be done immediately! So it looks like I will be spending this winter skiing with a broken thumb, and this spring I will get it fixed…
So onto some great news… Today was my first day back on snow for the season!
We (Morgan Smyth, Noah Hoffman, coach Pat Casey, and I) packed into our van yesterday afternoon and made the drive from Park City to West Yellowstone to start off the ski racing season! We rolled up to our cozy little house for the next week or so, and Lindsey and Dan Dehlin were there with a hot dinner waiting for us. NICE! And then this morning we went on our first snow ski of the winter… We missed the kick a bit, but it was still a great feeling to be on the white stuff!