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Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:57 pm

JGTR wrote:No kitelooping for me either, too old. On the rare occasion I don't get out I'm just happy that I remember what way round my lines go these days.

Had some young lad ask me if it was my first time at Southend the other week......was kiting there when he was still at primary school FFS.
Haha I know exactly how you feel. Dont stop using the Torches!
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Tue Nov 01, 2016 7:40 am

duc996bp wrote:
JGTR wrote:No kitelooping for me either, too old. On the rare occasion I don't get out I'm just happy that I remember what way round my lines go these days.

Had some young lad ask me if it was my first time at Southend the other week......was kiting there when he was still at primary school FFS.
Haha I know exactly how you feel. Dont stop using the Torches!
Don't think I'll ever stop using Torches - although people do now think I'm a newbie who's just bought his kites straight off of eBay rather than a hardcore C kite rider....to be fair I probably kite like a newbie these days....que the Benny Hill music when rigging up on the beach :lol:
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Tue Nov 01, 2016 2:39 pm

GRF wrote:Jesus that sounds bloody awfully painful, the thing that's not going in my favour is me getting on a bit I think, I've ridden bikes all my life, but probably not as much out of balance with everything else. I've only got out kiting half a dozen times lately and windsurfing is now on the back burner, it fucks your confidence, you just don't need crap injuries like that in the mix when it's windsurfing windy (4.2 weather).

I'm looking for exercises to try and stretch them a bit without it being tediously boring, so far I'm getting dead lifts as a suggestion, I've never dead lifted anything in my life, always stayed clear of weights never wanting to bulk up weight wise, so I'm casting around wondering what to do for the best.
The current 'wonder' hamstring exercise is the Nordic hamstring curl. BBC had an article about the premiership football teams using a NordBoard to help prevent injuries.

However, this will only strengthen your hamstrings, not stretch them. Thing is though, tight hamstrings can manifest due to poor mobility in other areas (hips, calves etc) and its the hamstrings that feel the brunt because they are the weak link. Do you have a good physio who can run an assessment on your mobility? You might find you need to sort out hip flexors first before you get on to hamstring specific stretches.

None of this stuff is fun though. I just find bodyweight stuff like squats easier to do in the living room in front of the TV.
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Tue Nov 01, 2016 7:20 pm

Feel for you Grumpf. I did mine playing hockey some months back and it's still painful at times. I often feel it after kiting on the directional but I'm not going to give that up if I can help it as I enjoy it too much. I also mtb but not nearly as much as you. Again not something I want to give up. My solution to keep me ticking over at an advanced age is Pilates which I've been doing for 13 or so years.. One of the things that they are always going on about it lengthening the hamstrings which tend to be pretty tight in blokes, hence lots of hs exercises.

Good luck.
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Tue Nov 01, 2016 7:45 pm

You can stretch the hamstring by stretching the quad.

Do basic split leg hamstring stretch, so legs apart past shoulder width, see how far down you can reach.
Perform quad stretches several on each leg.
Repeat Step 1, you'll be surprised to see how much further you can reach.
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Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:17 am

Don't we all sound like sprightly social media loving youth, discussing aches and pains with 'MAMIL' like tendencies.

On this subject, I do note as I progress rapidly toward my 40th year if I don't stretch especially pre run or cycle I am effectively disabled for days afterwards.

Having gone a bit 'full on' for SUPbikerun triathlons and with a desire for a top 10 finish I upped my training massively last year (I am not someone who does things by halves) I suffered firstly with killer MTSS (shin splints) when running then was crippled by Achilles tendinitis which I am still struggling with.

One of reasons I reduced the amount of windsurfing I was doing was every time I screwed up a front loop I got killer repetitive strain injuries about a day later and had to wander around with those wrist splints on for a few weeks looking like a geek with a wanking problem.

Now I stretch a lot, try an keep over 5 minute km's running and try to use the SUP (though I reckon grumpf would sooner hammer his knob flat than go SUP) for exercise as it is surprising good. Age does suck.
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Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:23 am

1)At 40 you're still a child.
2)SUP ing makes you go blind.
3)I hammered my knob flat years ago when someone said it was the only way I could date a Chinese girl.
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GRF wrote:1)At 40 you're still a child.
2)SUP ing makes you go blind.
3)I hammered my knob flat years ago when someone said it was the only way I could date a Chinese girl.
1 - I chuffin' hate when people state thing like that. Doing various things hurt enough now and recovery times feel so long compared to when I was 20 what's it like in another 20 years time :shock: ?

2 - Thanks for the top tip

3 - You're a very disturbing gentleman :lol:
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Wed Nov 02, 2016 3:10 pm

Well in your forties and fifties you can at least lead a fairly normal existence thinking back now the day I turned forty I was in such a state of sulk I wouldn't get out of bed I remember it like yesterday was in Tarifa '88 and f*ck me has a lot happened since then so it's not the end of the world, you just have to follow the old adage, use it or lose it and that means everything, regular exercise is key.

But.. I guess it was late fifties early sixties that stupid things start to give, tendons, pulled muscles, hamstrings, achilles, doing often the most stupid of stuff you wouldn't think, so, after about 65 you start getting a bit defensive, no big arse jumps on your bikes or boards, it's not the jump it's the landings that get you. And no more than one chinese a night. :lol:
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Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:28 am

saw young Nathan up our way on his new GTS4 the other day Graeme - he loves it and is pushing himself pretty hard ;-)
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Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:26 am

GRF wrote:
But.. I guess it was late fifties early sixties that stupid things start to give, tendons, pulled muscles, hamstrings, achilles, doing often the most stupid of stuff you wouldn't think, so, after about 65 you start getting a bit defensive, no big arse jumps on your bikes or boards, it's not the jump it's the landings that get you. And no more than one chinese a night. :lol:
That's why stretching and doing stuff like Pilates is so important. Flexibility is the key, or at least doing the best to remain as flexible as possible.
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Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:54 pm

JohnM wrote:saw young Nathan up our way on his new GTS4 the other day Graeme - he loves it and is pushing himself pretty hard ;-)
He seems like a keen guy, he's also got a new job I heard today, he's waiting for an 8 which I hope to get up there in the none too distant future. We're beginning to get a little group of 'Whores on Cores' to paraphrase one of our local wags, and it's encouraging to try and rebuild a shattered kite business at local level, using it as a premium brand giving independent stores a chance to flog something without having to price match flipping KOW and these guys are an essential part of all this and they get what I'm trying to do with it and are really keen to compete hard to help.
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Fri Nov 04, 2016 8:52 am

Demo possible GRF? I live in the NW.
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Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:54 am

Dragnfly wrote:Demo possible GRF? I live in the NW.
Demo's are always possible, had a great one over in Wales recently an absolutely amazing venue that a bunch of riders are trying to establish asa kite park and we're doing our best to help them, check out kite park llanelli.

So NW where and will I get nosebleeds travelling up there?
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Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:34 pm

Dragonfly, If u can make it to Blackpool or Clee (we like all the N and E's we've been having) I have the older GTS2 (GTS4 soon for my smaller kites) and an awesome Impact 13m very very very C kite u can have a shot on.... I could realistically ride any kites I want, and the GTS's are easily the best kite out there....! I regularly ride other kites, mainly to give guys a shot on mine... shall we say I have only found one other kite that I would say I like.

As for the GTS4, the ones Ive had a go on 10m and 8m are nice :-) easy dependable and don't do anything stupid on you when freestyling....!!!
Hope its useful, nudge me on the beach if u want a shot (just give me the first hour to lose the adrenaline pull b4 u ask!!!)
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