Becky, that is a super positive way of looking at things. I will do that!
Ari, you prompted me to go back and tally things up. March is too variable a month, so I looked at data from october - end of february instead to get a sense of ski season. 13% increase this winter compared to previous five years, which is totally within a "safe" increase range/normal fluctuation given snow conditions, illness, etc. The thing that is different is that this past winter I did run ~20 hours more than the last five years. So it's possible that the extra running set the stage for the world cup to hammer the final blow.
That world cup absolutely shattered my body. No doubt about that. But I don't think the data support the lead-up being any worse/different than previous years.
Sometimes I just wish that my body would act like normal peoples' bodies and get sick as a warning that I'm doing too much rather than get injured.
If the kneecap-tracking issue is more of an issue skiing than running, the early days of the world cup where it was icy and fast would have been the worst, because those are the conditions that hurt me the most, and I think the weekend before would also have been bad. Running has never really hurt my knee the way skating on ice does. Ari, can you remember when we went for that classic ski on Sunday after the WCup if I was complaining about my knee hurting at all from skating?
I think I remember my knee hurting the weekend before it all started, when Andy and I went on that skate ski with Rob and Kathy, but no mention in training log.
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