playing around :-)

…after having a laid-back weekend and getting kind of depressed of  not being able to ski like I want to, I had to change something… and there we go – went easy skiing yesterday with a friend and training with my physio with bodytec…

Some info about bodytec:   

“the miha bodytec stimulates agonist and antagonist plus deep muscle groups simultaneously. All muscle groups are kept on course by their individual programme – training and application can be performed in an active manner, with additional exercises while standing or even dynamically through complex movements.”

http://www.miha-bodytec.de/

  LUXURY TIME   
30 minutes of training and you will feel your body for a couple of days 😉 The combo of training and EMS is quite tough but the result is great!

Knee felt good, so I went for another ski-day with Petra today… We went to Obergurgl to visit some friends but when we came in there, the weather was … let’s say not good;-) As the weather was still much better everywhere else we decided to go to Hoch-Oetz… That’s good about the SnowCard – skiing in 80 skiresort in Tirol is possible – AWESOME!!!!

I have never been there and Petra knew the resort as she had been a ski-instructor there… Easy skiing on the slopes which can also be fun but I definetely prefer being in the back-country ;-)!!!  Spotted out the area and was surprised that it has quite some possibilities to offer… With hiking you can reach some cool lines…

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...treeskiing in a different way 😉
...Petra taking the tree underneath her feet ;-)...
Fischer vs. Fischer 😉 Old vs New ;-)...

When coming down the mountain we saw some old skis standing in the corner of the station, waiting for new owners… One of them – an old pair of Fischer skis… I couldn’t resist – as I want to have a retro day and ski on really old skis, I had to ask the lift-boy what they were gonna do with the skis… Of course I didn’t want those Fischer babes to end up landing on the scrapheap, so I saved their lives and made their day;-) 

I feel like I can get back on track and continue with the girls filming 🙂 Lori, Sandy, Pia and Laura have been on the Arlberg for the last days and hopefully got some good footage… I’m already sooooo curious how our Girls Ski Movie will turn out :-)…

Another message reached me yesterday afternoon – Nici called me and told me that she got caught from an avalanche!!! Soooo lucky that she didn’t get hurt AT ALL :-)!!! They were skiing on the Arlberg in the back-country having a great day in the pow. While climbing up and trying to get in the next chute, snow got in motion 10 meters above her and Nici got caught by an avalanche. She always skis with the ABS-airbag but wasn’t able to release the device as she was already on the move down the mountain… Luckily she stayed on top of the avalanche, 100 meters further down she stopped and could give sign that she was okay… Even her skis got found, so she was the luckiest person of the day!!!! SOOOOO happy that nothing serious happened!!!

For all of you being out in the mountains – TAKE CARE OF YOU!!!!!!

ESFN.at

…what a cool film night!!! Went with some of my friends to the Extreme Sportsfilmfestival and saw some great sportmovies 🙂

The most inspiring one was definetely: “ALONE ON THE WALL”

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1686060896?bctid=65561777001

“In the realm of free solo climbing – climbing peaks without ropes – Alex Honnold is the best in the world.  Honnold, a bumbling and slightly geeky kid becomes a poised, graceful and calculated climber able to complete the hardest free solos.  With his sights set on Yosemite’s iconic 600-metre Half Dome wall, Alex first travels to Utah to conquer the 370-metre Moonlight Buttress.  It takes all of his mental efforts to focus on the climb, with 300-metres of air – and no rope – beneath him.  Honnold has developed his own mental armour to protect him from thinking too much while climbing, but when he’s standing on a sliver of a ledge 550 metres above Yosemite’s Half Dome wall, his armour runs thin.  To Honnold, doubt is the biggest danger and he experiences a feeling of dread like never before.  Pulling himself together, Alex completes the 600-metre climb – something that can take other climbers days to complete – in under 3 hours cementing his place in free soloing history.”

http://natgeoadventure.tv/Post.aspx?Id=24672

We all sat in the movie theatre with our mouth wide open ;-)…

Awesome, inspiring, crazy, check it out and have a great weekend!!!

…back on skis…

The weather prediction for Wednesday: sunshine and blue sky, so I called Pia what she is up to do… She and her skibuddies had planned to go to the Hintertux glacier and ski there…

I couldn’t resist – knee felt alright, such a beautiful day, spending it at the PHT or on the mountain? No question – mountain 🙂

We were amazed how much snow had already melted up on the mountain!!! A lot of wet snow avalanches had come down and the winter season seems to be quite over for this year?!

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Unbelievable, isn’t it????!!!! It’s not even April and the conditions are like in May… We were talking about that the “Piefke Saga” is really becoming true and in a few years we won’t have any glaciers, any snow to ski on anymore 😦 Not so unrealistic and that really makes me think 😦 Where is that all gonna lead to???

Watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dmk2m1-QK-c

It was my first day skiing in the backcountry again after having torn my ACL 3 1/2 weeks ago. Usually you start off again at least 6 weeks after the injury if you haven’t had a surgery… Still quite early to be back on snow but I can’t help it – I LOVE SKIING 🙂 and when it’s beautiful outside I just love it being in the mountains :-)… It felt okay with my knee brace on during the time skiing but automatically I put more weight on the healthy leg… Skiing means having a lot of pressure on the knees and you can feel that perfectly when you’re not healthy ;-)… I was happy on that day that I had a meeting with my physio who triggered my muscles, loosening my strain which helped a lot!!! ThXXX GUDI, you are AWESOME!!!! I’m not able to ski every day yet but I’ll be keeping on working hard to get stronger and stronger and stronger ;-)…

I really enjoyed the day with Pia, Matze and Mankei, just cruising around spotting out some potential film lines for the possibility that it snows again soon…

…and the weather forecast says so! So for those who haven’t had enough snow this winter – lets pray for snow!!!! 😉

Mankei, Mel, Matze, Pia 🙂
...skiing down a cool chute...
Matze...
many possibilities...
love my Watea's 🙂 - awesome skis!!!!
...chaos at the lift station... the conveyer belt was broken and the people had quite trouble getting on the lift ;-)... Piefke Saga live ;-)...

Ostwand Open – Hochfügen

Another sunny, beautiful but waaaaay to warm day 🙂 It’s still winter, or at least it should be!!!!

Went to Hochfügen for the day – filming there – yes, I’m back on skis but still taking it easy… This day was an “easy going” day… Pia’s friends organized a small Freeride Contest for “the locals”… Great atmosphere and cool to watch! Some great lines down the Ostwand 🙂 but already very slushy conditions 😦

I had my Camping chair with me and watched from down below… Sandy, Kenny and Matthias arrived a bit later to film Pia’s lifestyle part… How she got into freeriding, with whom she went riding… Lots of interesting talks with interesting people 🙂

Ostwand, pic taken with my phone, so not the best quality...

 

cool lines… 🙂
Mankei shreddin' it... 🙂
...the crowd 😉
Kenny, Matthias, Sandy, Matze and Mel...

Arlberg weekend :-)

It’s been two weeks now, since I ruptured my ACL once again… I guess I’m one of the leaders in having torn the ACL that often, 4 times at the same knee, 5 knee surgeries… 😉 That I would be already back on skis just two weeks after this injury – wouldn’t have thought that… And none of my physio’s or doc’s would have thought that either 😉 I guess, I’m gonna keep this secret;-)… or not? …hehe…

…had a great weekend at the Arlberg, sharing it with some good friends 🙂 Friday evening me and Kerstin went on a short night-ski tour. My physiotherapist gave me the okay that I could go for a short one… For one – a short one 😉 It was soooooo good to be out in the snow and on the mountain again – clear night, stars shining bright – AWESOME!!! Knee felt good when hiking up and skiing down, I’m in good shape and the muscles are getting strong again 🙂

The evening was a bit longer than expected – “Mäxchen” (a funny game of dice) was the reason…

Next day – sunshine, blue sky 🙂 Chris, Susi and me decided to go for a skitour, an easy one – in Pettneu, as there are hardly any skiers there and for hiking up the slope that’s perfect. Anywhere else at the Arlberg it would be nearly impossible to hike up at the slopes… Toooo many skiers!!! It was the first skitour for Susi, so perfect for her to start out with that sport, for me it was cool to get out and be on the skis again…

...different technique of getting apart the skins 😉
...where is the snow???? ...Chris...
...the girlsz 😉 Susi and Mel...

Evening out at Hazienda… Great food, great people…

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...happy men with their T-Bone Steaks 😉

Sunday…

Another beautiful day, so instead of going directly back to Innsbruck I decided to make a side trip to Kappl/Paznauntal… It’s one of my favourite ski-resorts in the “Oberland”… It’s beautiful there and hardly any Freeriders there yet… You can notice that by the old-fashioned cable-cars… Small, tiny ones for four people and just space for ordinary skis… I couldn’t stick my Watea’s in there, so I had to take them inside…

...my new Watea's :-)...

Just had the touring equipment with me and wanted to go for a tour again but when I got to the top and saw the beautiful scenery I thought it would be nicer to ski a little around, take some pix and see how it’s going with the knee… Knee felt good and stable, so I skied around a bit, shredding on the slope and having fun in the snow…

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🙂
...the old "Bauernhäuser"...
...have you ever seen a head of a sheep on a rooftop??? me neither 😉 looks funny though...

The whole weekend off and I’ve done NOTHING for school 😉 Have to try to keep up tomorrow…

Have a good start in the week!!!! Mel:-)

Big City life…

…it was my first weekend since ages that I’ve not been on the mountain 😦 The reason: I’m still not able to ski… My knee is getting better and better from day to day but…

Instead of staying in Innsbruck and knowing that it’s gonna dump I decided to join Nici and go with her to Zürich. Her boyfriend and a good friend of mine is also injured at the moment – broken heel bone, 6 weeks in a plaster… Also not cool!!!

We drove there friday eve and woke up Saturday morning – 15 cm fresh pow in the city of Zürich, oh man, that’s tough!!! But knowing your not able to ski makes it a bit better;-)…

So shopping and chilling day in downtown Zürich, walking through the snow and having fun by taking silly pixxx ;-)…

Nici...
Mel :-)... with my brand new Ziener jacket!!!! loving it, such a cool colour 🙂

So we had a very nice, relaxing weekend in Zürich and when we were driving to Austria again on monday morning I looked up the mountains and thought, how cool it would be being up there and skiing down… There was about 20-30 cm fresh pow, blue sky, what do u want more!?

For me it’s a bit tooo early to think about skiing again, hopefully in 2 – 3 weeks I will ski on the Watea’s again!!!

Had physiotherapy on Monday and I look quite funny with the turquoise Kinesio-tape on my right leg…

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It feels good to work out and work on my comeback on skis!!! I’m really motivated and I have great people to work with!!!

http://www.physio-fit.at/

Thanks to Klaus, Gudi and Sabine for the great support!!!!

Specializing in coordination and strength gives me back power in my legs…

In the evening we had our 2nd girls eve 🙂 I considered that we should do something social and it works – soooooo much fun with the girls!!!! Looking already forward to the next session on monday 🙂

Dani counting the points... The so-called game "Stadt-Land-Fluss" is also a loooot of fun playing with adults who are becoming kids again;-)...

Today water therapy – the best I can do for my knee at the moment!!! Water is healing 😉 and makes the moves much more easy…

and not to forget – back to school, back to studying;-)…. hehe… a bit at least;-)…

Good news :-)

…off of crutches since Tuesday 🙂 …they are back in the cellar… Didn’t have them that long, so really good 🙂

Good news from the doc… No operation, just working hard again with my physiotherapist on coordination and strength and in a few weeks I’ll be back on snow 🙂 I got punctured that my knee is more flexible again – always feels good after that happened otherwise the joint is really limited in flexing… It’s not the first time, so I know ;-)… It was also in my intention that I won’t get another surgery. It would have been the 6th surgery on just ONE knee!!! In my case it could be that it won’t have any effect of getting better, so starting off without a surgery seems to be the better way… Of course on a long-term-base the cartilage will be used up much faster but… Another reason why,  is that I don’t have any replacement ligaments left in that knee, so also the healthy knee would get involved and as long as it’s healthy I don’t want to have any surgery there…

So the Doc told me that I could start walking without crutches, still painful but it’s getting better from day to day… Started cruising on the bike yesterday, where I still was a little handicapped but today I already improved that much – 20 min. on the stationary bike without pain! wow!!! awesome!!! From day to day it’s getting better and better!!!

Life is good 🙂

Hospital, MRI…

…drove back with Pia and Kenny to Oberaudorf, Pia’s home and had to drive further to Innsbruck with quite some pain in the knee…

Met some friends in the city but couldn’t handle it standing that long so I went to another friends place to watch the mens slalom final…

The next day I was supposed to have an MRI at 1 p.m. at the hospital in Hoch-Rum… But the MRI-machine had a technical problem, so I was asked to leave my telephone number there, they would call me as soon as they would have fixed it…

Had a coffee-break with friends and was asked to be in the hospital again at 5 p.m. I was really lucky that they could fix the problem – it was SUNDAY!!!

What is an MRI and what is it like lying for half an hour in the MRI-machine???

It’s in German but I wouldn’t be able to define it better….

“Die Kernspin-Tomografie ist ein Verfahren, das im Gegensatz zu einer Röntgenuntersuchung nicht mit Röntgenstrahlen, sondern mit Magnetfeldern und Radiowellen arbeitet.

Im Kernspin-Tomografen befindet sich ein sehr starkes Magnetfeld. Dieser richtet die Atomkerne des menschlichen Körpers aus, sie gehen dadurch von einem energiearmen in einen energiereichen Zustand über. Schaltet man die Radiostrahlung wieder aus, so gehen die Atomkerne wieder in den energiearmen Zustand zurück. Dabei senden sie Signale aus, die durch hochempfindliche Antennen gemessen werden können. Ein Computer berechnet aus den Signalen ein Schnittbild durch den Körper. Im Gegensatz zur Computer-Tomografie können bei der MRT neben horizontalen Schichtebenen auch noch andere Schnittebenen dargestellt werden, ohne die Lage des Patienten zu verändern.

Wann wird sie durchgeführt?

Ein Hauptgrund für ihre Anwendung ist, dass sie sehr genaue und differenzierte Darstellungen aller Körpergewebe liefert, vor allem nicht-knöcherner Strukturen, wie z.B. Weichteile, Organe, Gelenkknorpel, Meniskus, Bandscheiben und Gehirn. Auch das Herz kann inzwischen sehr gut beurteilt werden. Schon geringfügige Veränderungen im Körper, beispielsweise kleine Entzündungsherde, können auf diese Weise entdeckt werden.

Strukturen, die einen geringen Wassergehalt haben wie Knochen, oder luftreiche Regionen wie die Lunge können dagegen mit der MRT nicht gut dargestellt werden.

Was muss im Vorfeld beachtet werden?

Bei der MRT muss der Patient in einer etwa 70 bis 100 Zentimeter langen Röhre liegen. Wer unter Klaustrophobie leidet, sollte dies vor Beginn der Untersuchung dem betreuenden Personal mitteilen, damit er ein Beruhigungsmittel erhält.

Während der Untersuchung werden vom Gerät laute Klopfgeräusche erzeugt. Deswegen erhält der Patienten eventuell Schallschutz-Kopfhörer oder Ohrstöpsel.

Alle elektromagnetischen Gegenstände müssen vor der MRT abgelegt werden: Brillen, Zahnprothesen, Kontaktlinsen, Hörgeräte, Haarspangen, Ringe, Schlüssel, Uhren. Sie stellen eine Gefahr für den Patienten und das Gerät dar. Chip- und Kreditkarten werden durch das starke Magnetfeld zerstört.

Wie läuft die Kernspin-Tomographie ab?

Während der Untersuchung liegt der Patient auf einer Liege im Gerät. Wichtig ist, dass er absolut ruhig liegt und gleichmäßig atmet, damit die Aufnahme nicht gestört wird.

Um die Aussagekraft der Bilder zu erhöhen, kann es für bestimmte Fragestellungen notwendig sein, ein Kontrastmittel zu verabreichen. Der Patient bekommt dieses kurz vor der Untersuchung in eine Vene gespritzt. Es ist im Allgemeinen gut verträglich.

Die Untersuchungsdauer hängt stark von der zu untersuchenden Region ab, beträgt im Durchschnitt aber 20 bis 30 Minuten.

Während der MRT hält der Patient eine Klingel in der Hand, mit der er sich jederzeit bemerkbar machen und, falls notwendig, die Untersuchung abbrechen kann.”

I was listening to Ö3 for the time I was lying there, starring at the wall, my eyes kept on shutting… In between you have a lot of thoughts running through your head…

After the MRI I had a meeting with Doc Gföller… The assistant had already a look on the pix from the MRI before the Doc came and even I could see that the ligament was ruptured again… The doc came a bit later and then it was assurance: the ACL is ruptured again…

Well, after having had five knee surgeries on one knee the first response to the Doc was that I won’t have another surgery… He advised me to have another one but I will have a talk to Doc Fink tonight www.sportsclinic.com – he already operated me twice, knows how my knee looks inside and if it’s “worth” taking another surgery… Of course on a long-term basis it will be better to have another surgery but… will see…

But it wouldn’t be me if I wouldn’t find something positive about it and keep on fighting – the girls from the film-team gave me the Nickname: DURACELL-MEL 🙂 Always standing up after falling down… 😉

Season over?!

…sometimes you better believe and trust your instincts, that day I didn’t – I pushed my limits further and my intentions in which I believe were set aside…

The result: ruptured cruciate ligament (ACL) and the awareness that I shouldn’t jump of cliffs anymore…

How that happened?

I go back a little…

Friday evening we (me, Pia and Kenny) were supposed to drive to Kuchl (Sandy’s home), to film in Gastein for the next day. Sandy checked the conditions there on friday and it was predicted that even more snow should come over night, so blue bird and pow was expected for the next day…

But heavy winds were blowing in the night and didn’t promise any good… This winter is really crazy – the danger of avalanches is at such a high-risk, spring temperatures in February, not much snow, due to the circumstance that I won’t be able to ski this season anymore, the early season finish is not tooo bad – it could be worse ;-)…

So we went to Sportgastein Saturday morning, the weather was awesome – blue sky but looking up the mountains you could see that the wind had gone through, so no pow, just a windblown snowpack… We were allowed to take up the cable car before the public, the operation manager accompanied us with his dog and warned us that we are not allowed to ski any further he allowed us to go… The avalanche commision was still on the mountain, so when we got to the top station we scouted the location and searched for some lines…

Found a cool, short face where we had to hike along the ridge, I was in front and went further… Sandy and Pia took a nice, smooth line with an easy entrance… I had to crawl up on all fours to reach the entrance to my line… Really sketchy and quite spectacular… First I wasn’t sure if I could make it through this entrance as it was just one ski-length wide (114 mm) and the cliffs made it hard to enter… But I managed it, took me a while to enter but then it was just cool 🙂

Mirja, our photographer for the day joined us and the girls wanted to do some cliff drops… We went further and the girls did some great jumps… I was motivated too but knowing that it’s not good for my knee, I stepped back and took it easy…

The next round, me and Mirja found a nice cliff where I was sure that I could handle it also… Took the 3 m cliff and had a soft landing… Went well… Pia and Sandy already inspected the next one, they did already one of them and wanted to jump of the bigger one. I had a look at it, knew that the landing would be okay but somehow I had a bad feeling… I hesitated first, Kenny was rolling and counting down, Sandy was motivating me and then I went for it. The take-off was already a bit to far back and the landing was so unhappy that I could already feel that a ligament in my knee wasn’t okay anymore… Silly me!!!! Why did I do it, Why??? But it doesn’t help know, I can’t turn back the time, it happened and know I have to take the circumstances…

...the jump that killed my knee... toooo far back...

Sandy and Pia kept on filming and I decided to ski down on one ski and drive to the hospital to check my knee… I didn’t think about the fact that the ACL is ruptured again, thought it wouldn’t be that bad… Still, in my mind a lot of thoughts went through, what if…

Got to the hospital, had an x-ray, a talk to the doc – same procedure as usual – I guess I’m really an expert when it comes to knee injuries…;-) The doc gave me an “all-clear”, that it’s just the side-band that got strained but I should ensure it with an MRI…

From the hospital I called the Sportsclinic in Innsbruck and Doc Gföller arranged me an MRI for Sunday afternoon…

…to be continued…

Pics from the day that I just got from Mirja…

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...awesome to ski on windpacked snow 😉