1. Get the Diabetes Forum App for your phone - available on iOS and Android.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Guest, we'd love to know what you think about the forum! Take the Diabetes Forum Survey 2020 »
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Diabetes Forum should not be used in an emergency and does not replace your healthcare professional relationship. Posts can be seen by the public.
    Dismiss Notice
  4. Guest, stay home, stay safe, save the NHS. Stay up to date with information about keeping yourself and people around you safe here and GOV.UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19). Think you have symptoms? NHS 111 service is available here.
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community »

Kayaking

Discussion in 'Fitness, Exercise and Sport' started by Mud Island Dweller, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. Mud Island Dweller

    Mud Island Dweller Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,161
    Likes Received:
    1,486
    Trophy Points:
    178
    Been getting very down lately, l know why but will take time to sort. Andy talked me into taking our kayaks out to cheer me up. Was 4.5hrs on Leeds Liverpool Canal.
    Sunny and water like a mill pond fantastic reflections in the water
    Time to think.
    Time for feet to totally freeze (been like that since a kid bit of cold = 2 ice blocks
    Time to learn to snack better due to large liver dump.... opps
    Dropped kayak off the car roof setting up.. Andy bless him pushed one side before l started to secure them.
    We both dropped other one getting it off and damaged front of the car pillar
    Andy has lovely blood blister on his finger sorting his paddle (at my suggestion as he had to much angle on it)
    I got stuck getting out my kayak my feet so cold couldn't coordinate.
    Home lifting Kayaks off Andy tripped backwards over low garden wall saved kayak hurt his ankle and leg.
    I feel a lot better now despite all the chaos that would have been worth recording l had a few good laughs, got some lovely photos
    Even found a Croc in the canal was wondering if l should report it.;)



    Andy refection.jpg Croc.jpg P2160277.JPG P2160279.JPG
     
    • Like Like x 6
  2. douglas99

    douglas99 I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,572
    Likes Received:
    3,763
    Trophy Points:
    178
    That's another sport I'm thinking of taking up again. I used to slalom back in the 80's. (I still have the glassfibre canoe) But I went around the outdoor show in London think weekend, Kayaks are so must wider, I'm now so much narrower, In a decent wetsuit, or even my drysuit now, it seems that a decent plastic kayak, or even an inflatable worth be worth a punt, And then the holiday show had so many kayaking holidays...............
     
    • Like Like x 2
  3. shane-1

    shane-1 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    314
    Likes Received:
    144
    Trophy Points:
    83
    looks nice but im guessing you need to be lightweight and slim for the kayaks ?
     
  4. douglas99

    douglas99 I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,572
    Likes Received:
    3,763
    Trophy Points:
    178
    Personally, I don't know about lightweight.
    Slim(ish) helps.
    It's balance that got me.
    I put on weight, my reactions got worse, my sense of my own balance, and even my own shape was off. So it's put me off doing things like this in sport.
    Now I'm back to the shape I was 25 years ago. Maybe a stone or two heavier, but's that muscle. And the confidence is back with a vengeance. (Coupled with a fact I've done most of it already, so the bravado is now replaced by a fact I didn't die the first time around, and even if I do the second I've still had the first) And I know I float in a wet suit, without even trying, so drowning is a ting of the past.
    And I can afford it now as well.
    And if I don't kill me, diabetes may. And if neither do, I still win.
     
  5. shane-1

    shane-1 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    314
    Likes Received:
    144
    Trophy Points:
    83
    wouldn't mind trying it sometime
     
  6. douglas99

    douglas99 I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,572
    Likes Received:
    3,763
    Trophy Points:
    178
    I know you hate them, but I now have two pairs of wetsuit boots, I wouldn't be without them.
     
  7. Mud Island Dweller

    Mud Island Dweller Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,161
    Likes Received:
    1,486
    Trophy Points:
    178
    Shane lots of sizes l was 105kg when l started well restarted did it lots at holiday camp as a kid.
    My first kayak here was an inflateable the Tango 2 man. Very stable that now lives in the motorhome lot of places have kayaks you can try.

    Douglas l had a pair of socks and a pair of wetsuit bootes on.
    Thermals and linned jacket top half was fine. Just my feet well toes rest of the foot was to numb to feel The toes made sure they reminded me it was cold for them
     
    • Like Like x 2
  8. Yorksman

    Yorksman Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,446
    Likes Received:
    1,905
    Trophy Points:
    178
    I drove up from Skipton to Settle last week, seem to have mislaid one of my shoes whilst opening a lock gate for a damsel in distress.

    I am sad that I have to give that very nice sweety shop in Gargrave a wide berth now :-(
     
    • Like Like x 2
  9. Yorksman

    Yorksman Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,446
    Likes Received:
    1,905
    Trophy Points:
    178
    Now, this is what I call a cycle route:

    [​IMG]

    and this is a kayaking route:

    [​IMG]
     
    • Like Like x 7
  10. ElyDave

    ElyDave Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,086
    Likes Received:
    2,018
    Trophy Points:
    178
    I'm the same on the bike in the winter, can't keep my feet warm. Thin toe socks, normal socks, bike shoes, waterproof fleece lined overshoes, still blocks of ice afterwards. Excruciating in the shower as my toes go from the colour of wax to the colour of grapes (purple ones) and then back to normal
     
    • Like Like x 2
  11. DiamondAsh

    DiamondAsh Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    641
    Likes Received:
    451
    Trophy Points:
    103
    What a great thing to do... I've tried it twice,,, once on a canal. Great fun. Outdoor activities might be what i need to get more active
    :D
     
    • Like Like x 5
  12. Thommothebear

    Thommothebear Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,186
    Likes Received:
    1,056
    Trophy Points:
    178
    I use a plastic sit on top these days, use it mostly off the beach and in surf. If you get a good set of kneestraps you are just as connected as you would be in the old hardshell kayaks, its still possible to eskimo roll if you want to and easier to bail out if you prefer. Much easier to get back onto than with the shell kayaks too. They are great for fishing also.




    Sent from the Diabetes Forum App
     
    • Like Like x 4
  13. shane-1

    shane-1 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    314
    Likes Received:
    144
    Trophy Points:
    83
    i suppose you need a second person with you anyway .when kayaking ,............
     
  14. Mud Island Dweller

    Mud Island Dweller Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,161
    Likes Received:
    1,486
    Trophy Points:
    178
    No l used to go out on the inflateable for at least 7hrs get back gone 01.00 love middle of the night best. Esp in the inflateable for 1 was almost unturnable and l had a lj on so who cares never tipped though.
    Now go out with 2 as hub also loves it but in day as he hates nights those to him are for sleeping.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  15. Bob67

    Bob67 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    57
    Likes Received:
    47
    Trophy Points:
    58
    You should go and try it:jimlad:
     
    • Like Like x 2
  16. Yorksman

    Yorksman Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,446
    Likes Received:
    1,905
    Trophy Points:
    178
    Have a go and keep having a go until you find something you enjoy doing. 18 months ago I found it hard going walking from the hotel to the car in the car park, unfit, unwell and with osteoarthritis in my ankle. I can now go for walks in the hills and cycle. I start to think of taking holidays which involve activities rather than looking for hotels which are next to all the amenities. I look forward to things like swimming, can do work in the garden and jobs on the house.

    Not only does benefit you physically, but if you do something which you enjoy as a pastime, you get so much more out of life. It puts a spring back into your step.

    Don't forget to film your exploits for us!

     
    • Like Like x 2
    #16 Yorksman, Feb 17, 2014 at 3:38 PM
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 17, 2014
  17. Thommothebear

    Thommothebear Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,186
    Likes Received:
    1,056
    Trophy Points:
    178
    It is advisable to always kayak in company (but I'm involved with lifeboats so I have to say that). I take my portable marine radio with me when I'm out and I always let people know what my intentions are. It is surprising the number of people that get themselves into trouble though, even where they are not alone. The tidal flows here in certain parts of the beach especially near the outer harbour wall can actually run faster than it is possible to paddle, so local knowledge is pretty essential.


    Sent from the Diabetes Forum App
     
    • Like Like x 4
  18. douglas99

    douglas99 I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,572
    Likes Received:
    3,763
    Trophy Points:
    178
    That was a good post.
    I've just found somewhere to hire a sea kayak from for the last day in Malta, when we need to spend the afternoon non diving, before the plane the next day.
     
  19. Thommothebear

    Thommothebear Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,186
    Likes Received:
    1,056
    Trophy Points:
    178
  20. Mud Island Dweller

    Mud Island Dweller Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,161
    Likes Received:
    1,486
    Trophy Points:
    178
    Only sea kayaking l have done was a day last yr from Glenuig Inn in West Coast Scotland Scotland we loved it.
    The guide and owner of the inn Steve was brilliant he is also a coach very useful for Andy. The water clear, very deep and warm and he said rare to have rain there their position more sunny than further south.
     
  • Meet the Community

    Find support, connect with others, ask questions and share your experiences with people with diabetes, their carers and family.

    Did you know: 7 out of 10 people improve their understanding of diabetes within 6 months of being a Diabetes Forum member. Get the Diabetes Forum App and stay connected on iOS and Android

    Grab the app!
  • Tweet with us

  • Like us on Facebook