We recently had a warm day (high in the upper 50s) here in wv. I tried kayaking on the cherry river (class II-III). I only lasted only 3 1/2 miles. I’ve been battling a sinus infection for a while (had sinus surgery about 10 years ago) and as soon as I hit the water I started coughing and hacking up junk constantly. I was dressed for conditions but the cold water acted as a trigger so everytime I got splashed I’d just start hacking again., also I was a bit short of breathe- perhaps cold weather exercised induced asthma. So I called it quits a little over 1/2 way on our run (road parallels river). No swims, rapids were well within my skillset, but just didn’t feel good trying to survive the day.
Three days later I headed to indoor pool sessions. This felt a lot better (nice warm water)- no hacking. I practiced hip snaps on the side of the pool, and also with a partner. Did some head dinks (high bracing toward rear of boat). Practiced reaching around the boat but never committed to actually rolling. I still have problems getting into a forward tuck and reaching to get my paddle in position. My backward mobility is good but still struggle with bending forward- Don’t know how much of this is psychological and how much is physical- as I’ve had both hips replaced (Nov. 2017/Feb. 2018). i was struggling with a roll before my surgeries as well.
I need to drop some pounds, do some regular stretching or yoga to help with my boatin’. It kind of makes sense that if bending to tie my shoes is still a bit of a struggle then rolling would be more difficult as well. My hipsnap is strong., I’m walking much better, and having much less pain since having hip replacements, Unfortunately, range of motion hasn’t really increased since before the surgery. I’m sure getting rid of the spare tire on my waist would help.
The good news is I don’t let any of this stop me from boatin’, I just drop my game back a bit- in this case all the way back to the pool. I’m Lookin’ forward to warm weather/water,