Updated: Mar 16
My shoulder has been bothering me for a few weeks now. Sundays have been the worst because it's still a little sore from paddling out on Saturday. So IcyHot and I have become really good friends lately. I have the balm, and the wraps - cause lets go cray cray.
When it starts actually *hurting* and not just an annoying nuisance, thats when I paddle in. But it feels a little crushing emotionally. This weekend I switch boards and am now on one that is much less buoyant, a little narrower, and maybe 4" shorter than what I'm normally on. I'm buying a similar one in 2 weeks and I want to find the sweet spot.
But with my shoulder, plus the new board, I've gone from catching 80-90% of the waves I go after to only going for larger waves (to avoid paddling so much) and even then only catching maybe 20% (trying to get used to the new board). But when I catch the waves, it's a much smoother ride and the board is way more responsive. But the really fucking annoying part is that yesterday and today it took me around 30 minutes to get used to the board, and then I caught some good waves, and then my shoulder wasn't cooperating. So it's like I'm playing chicken, trying to surf before it hurts too much to do so.
It's both incredibly frustrating and immensely humbling. Last weekend I finally realized what I had been doing that was causing my shoulder to be an asshole, so I've quit doing that, and I can tell the difference - but it's probably going to be a few more weeks until its back to being fully normal.
Crossing my fingers that my new love affair with IcyHot and Ibuprofen is a winning romance.