Friday, August 26, 2016

Tendoni....what ?

Never ending story.
As I am getting more confident about some progress in my hip flexors - hard to tell as I barely run anymore - I am still fighting a couple of low profile recurring injuries.
An achilles tendonitis that was actually pretty painful on the left foot, and an patellar tendonitis on the inside of the right knee.
Funny enough, all those are rated top injuries for most of the runners, then, somewhere I am glad I am a good representative of the runner's community.

There is a good set of PT exercises you can do to help - it takes around6 to 8 weeks with 3 set of 20  per day. I am doing both knees and both ankles, 3 exercices each.
That's takes a lot of time and a lot of reps.

Patellar Tendonitis

Achilles Tendonitis
Now, waiting to get better on that front, I am swimming almost every day.
I am not sure if I ever will become a good runner, but soon, I am gonna compete with Phelp for 4x100, if I continue to spend that much time at the pool.

The more annoying is, as a Runner, pain is expected. the question is how much. How much is worrisome ? When to stop ?

If you reconcile this chart:

The Grey zone is Yellow.

with this one:

I see Jesus coming...

Actually, the key factor is to make sure the pain is not getting worst, and do not last too long.
There is ton of info everywhere to not advise you to take Ibuprofen or even to ice where it hurts - supposedly it will slow down recovery by not allowing your body to heal himself by swelling a lot - and by hurting a lot - then this can be used as a good indice as well.
If you cannot bear it without medication, this is certainly too much.

Key point is not to rest.
R.I.C.E is dead.
Now, you work on it.
And if this is not excruciating pain, and you are doing the right exercices, this is a step in the right direction.
I guess we will know in 6 weeks.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

And.. What about the boat ?

Well. Not much.
We dodged a couple of hurricanes in July, but August and September are to be the more active month of the season - which have been relatively quiet.

Not much is going on this year

Still, I prepared for it.As always I start with the mooring. I was still unhappy with the setup, lines being tangled, etc...

I am getting way better at the art of splicing

Goal was to change a couple of lines that have been stretched, and potentially "compromised". Now that I can splice decently, this is time consuming, but not too expensive.
The new setup has 2 lines, one with a bridle to the bow cleats, and the other one to the mast.
Now, the weak point is the chain.
(and that's a big chain).

Pulling all that cap on the deck.

Time to time, I start a new project. Just to keep things going.
That time, Manu was there to help. Ex-carpenter, he did the base of the dodge roof like a 3d sculpture.
Next step was messier, the epoxy glass and sand and glass and re-sand step.

Manu, first time ever glassing.

Top view, 2 epoxy layers. That will be strong enough.
Paint job was ok. They promised a super glossy paint, and it is glossy. But not that thick, and hardly cover little imperfection in the underlying job. Little disappointed, I think I should have gel-coat-ed it. But that's way more work, and more money. When I am retired, maybe.

Blue as the sea.
As you can see, does not look that bad once in the context.

Next step, the windshield :)
And, maybe, hopefully, some sailing ? (mainly my fault, I have to say, as I have other priorities at the moment).
Bah. Traces, your time will come.
I can hear the South pacific seas calling.