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General Discussion / Re: How Many Do You Have?
« on: October 12, 2018, 07:13:38 PM »
The number of wet/dry suits I have is "zero" (0) .


General Discussion / Re: Speed, HR and cadence
« on: October 12, 2018, 07:12:21 PM »
With my V8 surfski in flat water, my speed is 4mph with an easy 20 spm cadence at 110 bpm HR.  To ramp up to 6 mph, it takes a cadence of a much more forceful 30 spm and 130 bpm HR.

General Discussion / Re: Shoulder issues/Paddle Craft Type
« on: October 12, 2018, 07:06:07 PM »
I concur with the guy who wrote that the surfski was good for his shoulder.  Symmetrical stroke is so much easier on the body than SUP.   As I move on in age that is the criteria.

If you have shoulder issues, I strongly recommend prolo therapy.  For an acute (recent) injury, the protocol is a dextrose solution.  For chronic (old) injuries PRP (platelet rich plasma) which is done by putting your blood in a centrifuge and spinning out the platelets. 

The guy that just did it for me has a $60k ultra sound machine so you can see the tear and he can inject directly into tear with pinpoint accuracy.  It's pretty damn cool and it has worked for even a guy my age.

General Discussion / Speed, HR and cadence
« on: October 12, 2018, 06:51:47 PM »
I tore my bicep tendon at the shoulder on 9/11 lowering (dipping, something I almost never do) myself into a construction hole.  So I rested and got three prolo therapy sessions over the next three weeks.  Pain went away remarkably fast.  ROM lagged slightly but just in this 4th week I've begun to swim.  Then in the last three days I’ve ventured back into my surfski to see if the stroke movement can be done without falling back into the ‘white light’ pain experienced when I first injured myself.   

That pain fresh in my mind, made me know that I needed to ease into it slowly.  Slowly meant flat water.  Downwind paddling of anything is like getting ‘the look’ from a Victoria’s Secret model and thinking you can control your HR.   If you’ve hard wired your brain to catch glides for a few decades, you do anything you need to do to get in.  Flat water training was the obvious answer but I had never been one to go out and grind.  If it wasn’t fun, I didn’t have time for it.  But after this injury I realized flat water was my ticket back into the game.

Before the injury I had been using a forearm HR band (Schoshe 24) and a Garmin Fenix 3 since June on all my downwinders to gather data on HR, cadence and speed.  Speed being the most variable data point because of contingency on conditions.   I knew this and HR and cadence were what was really interesting to me. Yet downwinders are a haphazard affair where the adrenaline rush is a major affect on HR.  Sudden and sporadic strong effort for one or two strokes, made cadence data I collected difficult to attribute into any useful conclusions.  So with my initial flat water work outs, I was very interested in what came up.   

I’ve done cool temp, early morning sessions off south Maui where you get a few hours of billiard tabletop.  Data so far has been remarkably consistent which gives me confidence to use the results as a springboard to compare against future work outs.  My MAF (max aerobic function) HR target is 112-120 (at 68) so that’s what I shoot for during an hour work out.  Downwind averages in the past hovered around 145-155 for the same time, which is obviously anaerobic for me (over 80% of my max which is around 165)  My goal is to strengthen my shoulder, improve aerobic function and catch glides without getting as jacked up about it.

Random / Re: Fear: Trump in the White House
« on: September 29, 2018, 01:39:37 PM »
Truthfully I think it's somewhat bullshit to bring up what happened at a drunken party 35 years ago in high school. I certainly wouldn't want to be judged on my behavior back then.....the statute of limitations is up on most anyway.... ;). That said after watching the shit show yesterday I was wondering just how the fuck he got picked in the 1st place. He may be a conservatives wet dream but I was underwhelmed by his performance. And SCOTUS is supposed to be apolitical and this guy is anything but.
I really agree with Stony here.  IMO he is an indication of the extremist sort of nominee we get now that we only need a simple majority to confirm.  Until 2017 a 'supermajority' of over 60 votes was needed to confirm a SCOTUS, and we, by definition because there rarely is a a supermajority split in the senate,  got much more politically moderate nominees.  McConnell made this rule change in 2017 to confirm Gorsuch as there was no chance to get a 60 vote passage.  McConnell's rule change was a further manipulation of the 'nuclear option' that Harry Reid instituted in 2013 which only affected cabinet posts and lesser court nominees.  So IMO these two senate leaders, one dem, the other GOP are responsible for how bad this process has become.  Until we return to the 60 vote rule we can expect this at every appointment.

Downwind and Racing / Re: Olukai 2018
« on: May 06, 2018, 09:18:44 AM »
Welcome to Maui

Downwind and Racing / Re: Careful: we need new blood
« on: May 06, 2018, 09:17:07 AM »
There is only one god and that is downwinding.  People will always do it in whatever works for them.  I love it at 68 (started prone paddleboarding in 1979) and my grandson loves it at 15.  The foil thing has exploded here on Maui and a race, like we had yesterday in zero wind, was dominated in numbers by OC-1s, in speed by surfskis, and yet there were still a fair number of SUPs willing to slug it out.  If there had been sufficient wind there would have been foilers.   I did OC-2 with a 26 yr old Canadian kid, maybe 130 lbs and strong with great endurance.  Hot and muggy usually does me in but being with youth was uplifting enough enough to allow us a sprint the last mile to the finish.  I was stoked.  But I freakin love the surfski.  The guy that posted the fastest time, did a time in the ski we all do on the windiest days.  Mind blowing.

My grandson is coming out this summer and wants to do it all.  But he lives in Truckee where the kids are like Maui kids.

General Discussion / Re: Asshole dolphin.
« on: April 30, 2018, 10:22:52 PM »
Entertaining but a fake, transposing two vids.

Downwind and Racing / Re: Olukai 2018
« on: April 30, 2018, 08:31:42 PM »
Kudos to Conner who raced after what has been a long sickness and still did it right.

Downwind and Racing / Re: Olukai 2018
« on: April 30, 2018, 08:29:47 PM »
Kudos to Conner who raced after what has been a long sickness and still did it right.

Foil SUP / Re: Geezers on foil pics
« on: February 05, 2018, 09:51:29 AM »
We're using a 200 foil and while it gets up at low speed quickly, my troubles often occur because I'm not able to follow that quickness with foot shift and forward knee bend.  Still relying on 'snowball' takeoffs where I have the most success since just the act of paddling can shift your weight back too much.  I just take a few strokes, get firmly in the front strap and lean forward.  It feels like suicide but it's worked every time for me.

Foil SUP / Re: Geezers on foil pics
« on: January 30, 2018, 11:56:23 PM »
This first shot was a decent start but I let it lift too much in second shot.  Then came that previous straight leg pic to correct.  Getting weight forward this way with hands worked only for a moment before impact.  Much better to have knees bent and hips forward but I had freaked out from this previous shot where I had let it start to polaris on me.

Foil SUP / Geezers on foil pics
« on: January 30, 2018, 11:34:35 PM »
Pono has been kind enough to share his board with me although at the end of the day when i get home feeling like I was in the ring with Frazier, I wonder if 'kind' is the right word.  We take a regular board out and switch off in the water so we can take a break when we get gassed.  He has a 200 foil and it lifts very quick, sometimes faster than I can rearrange my feet into center stance.  Then there's 55 yrs of engrained surfing reactions to rewire in order to control pitch.  At any rate I'm gonna wear an impact vest from now on.  Pono (blue shirt) did really good and eventually I think we have hope.

General Discussion / Re: Foiling is EASY
« on: November 08, 2017, 11:49:09 PM »
Interesting discussion and it shows to some degree the dynamics involved in downwinding, where the waves can be even smaller that 2.5 feet and still push a foiler along quite well.  I saw Dave on a downwinder  (see the video) and he did it for 10 miles

General Discussion / Re: Ski in foil land
« on: November 07, 2017, 11:12:47 PM »
Amazing that a wave can  stand up a bit and roll that far without breaking.
That begs to be ridden by something!
Foils and surfskis work great

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