Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Ancient History Redux

Couldn't sleep tonight so, I went digging through an old stack of books and came across another old sketchbook spanning 2002-2005. There's not a whole lot of interest in there but I did find these two sketches of Aron Ralston and Lance Armstrong from the summer of ’04. You may recall Ralston. He's the climber who got trapped by a boulder in a secluded canyon in Utah and was forced to amputate his own arm in order to survive. These guys were on my mind at the time because I'd just had surgery to reconstruct my left ACL and meniscus. While my meager suffering is nothing compared to what they went through, it was a long road to recovery.

Someone (maybe my sister?) gave me Armstrong's biography, It's Not About the Bike, and it was one of the first books I read after surgery. I'd definitely recommend it for anyone trying to come back from an injury or illness. It certainly inspired me to go all out in physical therapy and I was rewarded with being back to full-time skiing in 5 months (standard procedure is a return to sports in 7 months).


Casey said...

These are beautifully drawn - a pleasure to look at. Congratulations.

Linda said...

Good grief -- I remember Ralston. Didn't he save himself with a small pocket knife? Yikes! These are great portraits -- very strong characters!