How I Tore My ACL/MCL and Got Into Two Car Accidents...In One Day
Last Saturday was a crazy day. Like so crazy. You know how they say you should step out of your comfort zone? I stepped way too far and fell into the danger zone. Cue 80's tune.
It all started with a last minute decision to go on a ski trip to Vermont. I spent all week buying all the right gear to make sure I didn't freeze my ass off on the mountain (this actually paid off a lot, but more on that later). Keep in mind that this was the first day I had ever been on skis. I spent a lot of time on the bunny slope figuring out how to stay standing and to how to turn a little bit. I also went down a few small trails, fell down a bunch of times, but feel like I progressed pretty well.
Then I went to the top of the mountain. That was mistake number one. Mistake number two was going way too fast. The adrenaline rush was amazing and it felt so great to be going so fast. But then the turn came up. I didn't know how to stop, lost control, and wiped out. I felt my right leg being pulled underneath me and next thing I knew, I was on the ground with my skis 15 feet behind me.
I pulled to the side of the trail, being unable to stand back up on my skis. My eyebrows and eyelashes were frozen thick with snow, but fortunately the equipment I bought kept me warm despite sitting in the cold as the sun was setting for the day. Ski patrol escorted me down the mountain in the back of one their sleighs. It was a surreal experience as I felt like I was in a coffin being shipped somewhere as I watched the trees fly by overhead.
I thought I had had enough adventuring for one day. Then on our way back from the mountain, the car started skidding into the middle of the road as we were going down hill. A few spins left and right, the car fully lost control and we ended up stuck facing the wrong way on the side of the road we originally came down. This was the true oh-shit moment of the day. Being in a car that was out of control, uncertain whether another vehicle would come crashing in from another direction. Luckily there were no other cars on the road at the time. We slowly got out of the wrong position and continued on the road back home.
Along the way, we kept pulling over as other cars with good traction on their tires were going much faster than we were. After the oh-shit moment, we gladly let other cars pass as we ducked out into driveways. But around the fifth time doing this, we ended up in a snow bank that was much deeper than we thought it was. The other members of the car (with functioning legs) got out and tried to push us out as other cars zoomed by. People were really helpful as they pulled over to ask if we needed help. Eventually, one of the people who helped us out was able to call his friend at the tow truck company to pull us out. Worth every penny of the $100.
So what lessons did I learn? I should continue stepping outside of my comfort zone. But in such a way where my mortal being isn't at risk of injury or death. Obviously some situations are unavoidable, but I'd much rather keep my body intact as much as possible. This is the first serious injury I've ever had, and I'm hoping it's my last. My body has limits and I should be aware of them. There's still so much left to explore and I need my body to be 100% to fully experience it.