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supthecreek

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Re: Back surgery advice
« Reply #45 on: October 04, 2023, 11:02:44 AM »
Hi SA... geeze dude, you know how to set yourself down!!
Honestly, I love SUP surfing so much, I won't risk it doing my more hazardous pastimes anymore.
In my 40's I walked away from skateboarding after nearly smashing my head open.

When my knee got weak I let go of lifelong skiing because I was a bump skier and don't have an off button... so I did a full stop.
One day on the slopes was not a good trade for decades of surfing.

Are some awesome sessions on the mountain bike worth a life of pain and worse, being permanently benched???

I mean, I get that... I will never voluntarily leave surfing for any reason, but I know my odds are better falling on soft water.

Be well my friend and get wet!!!



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Re: Back surgery advice
« Reply #46 on: October 04, 2023, 02:50:41 PM »
Always good hearing from you Creek.

My big dilemma is my nearest surf break is 6 hours (and $200 in ferries) away.  I can be mountain biking on the world's best trails in 10 minutes.

....but I hear you. I'm changing my mindset on the trails moving forward. I'm 50, not 18.

BUT, I surfed this weekend! ...on my 7'6.  And minus some rust on getting from my knees to my feet, it felt like I never left. On wave it felt natural (and great!).

I'm starting to think about a trip to El Salvador (tips welcome!).
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Kronos LB: 8'10 x 26.5, 84 L https://goo.gl/4iQdps
Kronos Nano: 7'4 x 26, 81 L https://goo.gl/kAM8W6

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Re: Back surgery advice
« Reply #47 on: October 04, 2023, 06:32:15 PM »
That’s awesome SA!
Very glad to hear you slipped right back into form  :)

Chasing waves isn’t a bad gig!

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Re: Back surgery advice
« Reply #48 on: October 07, 2023, 08:26:10 AM »
Getting old makes it tougher to bounce back from injuries, but I think as long as my aim is to get back to doing things I love, I'll keep doing crazy shit until I just can't. I still ride my mountain bike, and a fat tire e-bike I built, but other than surf and wing foiling my biggest passion is dirt bikes. I live in the places people come to do this stuff, I can be on dirt at the beginning of what must be thousands of miles of amazing riding and hugely varied terrain, from maintained fire roads and logging roads to two-hundred-year-old wagon tracks that have never seen a grader. And of course, there's the Gorge right outside my door, the Oregon coast 70 miles away, and Maui for half the year.

This summer I had some heart issues and was caregiver-in-chief for Diane, who had both knees replaced. I missed the last half of the summer for wingfoiling but doubled down on dirt riding. No serious injuries--I'm armored like I'm going to war. I've been riding and racing motorcycles for 60+ years. I doubt I'll stop until I stop breathing.

I don't have any advice for back surgery since that's about the only thing I haven't fucked up, but I think the secret to recovery from any injury is to double whatever PT you're supposed to do, and always expect to make it back to doing what you love. A great motivator when the PT feels like torture.
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Re: Back surgery advice
« Reply #49 on: October 10, 2023, 08:56:05 AM »
Pono, I'm actually looking at what the moto guys are doing and am armoring up for the mtb trails with gear they use.

Even more than doubling down on physio, I'm paying huge attention to this latest Medicine 3.0 movement. I recommend everyone read Outlive by Peter Attia. And bonus points to listen to podcasts by Attia, Andrew Huberman, Brad Stanfield and Rhonda Patrick (all on Youtube and other main podcast sources).

Here are some things I've added to my general daily routine these days:
- cold plunge (4 minutes, 7 degrees C)
- 30 minute zone 2 cardio (the odd zone 5 interval day)
- 45 minute strength/balance/physio training
- sauna (15 minutes, 90 degrees C)
- more protein (+ creatine & collagen)
- getting on statins (even though I'm still under the old school threshold of LDL levels)
- I'd add more things I'm up to, but it starts to get into the weeds

50 years old, 5'7", 145 lbs, intermediate
Infinity RNB: 7'6 x 28, 95 L https://goo.gl/SqlWR4
Kronos LB: 8'10 x 26.5, 84 L https://goo.gl/4iQdps
Kronos Nano: 7'4 x 26, 81 L https://goo.gl/kAM8W6

 


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