So if I was talking to a disabled person such as myself, I would think of a couple of things, well a few things. How is my balance. How is my vision and how is my body capability.
So to answer those. Here it is…
-Balance. Well that depends on a lot. Do you have problems walking or moving around things? If so what other factors cause problems. Vision (which is me big time I can't track things well… TBI Traumatic Brain Injury) or do you have limbs missing, a problem with skiing. ..
Well I guess I just addressed all of those but cut me some slack I have a TBI…. hahaha
So what you should be thinking in my opinion is 3 different things.
- Can you ski standing up?
-Do you require assistance with sitting down equipment?
-Or do you fit in the middle, like me? I don't have any missing limbs but have been around many that have and understand the issues. But I can't stand up straight due to eyeball problems and general balance issues. But when I find out that I can work on things like this with my butt sitting down on something it helps the environment.
So when I am on a ski bike for me it is like being back as a kid. Simple, easy and comfortable. I get it. But I don't have the physical issues or the balance issues when on my butt. So I get it. It makes a difference.
One thing I noticed is that when I was learning to ski bike, and by the way that was with some wonderful people helping wounded warriors, Jeff Butcher with Koski Snowsports, he worked with me with some of the best equipment you can have for such an environment. And they don't pay me for this I am just thankful for the expertise and awesome skibikes. Made all the difference. But they helped me figure out the workings of the bikes and how to ride them.
If they can do that for me, a 22 year veteran of the navy with a brain injury I can't imagine what they do for others.
Well I am happy to say that I had a wonderful time ski biking and I am hooked!!!! Don't wanna do the confined singe sled or the on my feet thing. Not good at either. The ski bike is the way to go for me, hands down.
So if I was talking to anyone….
Now this is me, can't say it will work for everyone, but it is such a joy being able to do activities again thanks to Jeff, but really it is a thing that just about anyone can do since most have been on a bike and in the snow it is 100x better!!!!!!! Like so much fun!!!!!!!
If you have any questions, ask me and I will do the best I can to respond.
LT (Ret) Kevin P. Justice