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My legs are burning!

Postby lovethepirk » Thu Jun 01, 2017 12:08 am

6th session and I'm freaking loving it. I'm foiling 70% of the time, 20% touchdown skimming, 10% holy shit I have to take a break and put the board flat in the water b/c my legs are burning!!!

I laid the race foil over today, squatted down, hips forward, upper body leaning back and just hauled freaking ass :jump: :jump: :jump:

Burned 1600 calories in 90 minutes....I ALWAYS thought foilers were relaxing and chilling out there, hahahaha. Foiling is brutal on the quads. Today I saw significant ability to stay out longer than before. I could only do 4 tacks before, today I did a lot more, but I am feeling it right now. Wow!

Here's how I rolled up to the beach today and what some of my downwind tacks looked like today completely out of control and how I felt after the sesh..."T-T-T timeout, timeout, my legs are burnt, my legs are burning!"

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Re: My legs are burning!

Postby BraCuru » Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:09 am

You place your feet in a wrong place on the board.
Can you take a picture of your foil and board with feet position mark? Sure that someone would indicate your problem.

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Re: My legs are burning!

Postby 4liner » Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:34 am

In the 2 years I've been foiling my skinny jeans don't fit my legs anymore.

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Re: My legs are burning!

Postby DukeSilver » Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:17 am

Foiling does give you a good leg workout for sure - particularly in the early stages. When I did my first semi successful runs up on the foil, I was so nervous I didn't want to move an inch so I was locked into a semi squat which really got the legs burning. As I've gained a bit more confidence and realized that a still head and upper body is more important, my legs are more relaxed and mobile.

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Re: My legs are burning!

Postby Kamikuza » Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:24 am

Feet and lower legs kill me, all the work of keeping my ankles under control. Thighs, not so much more than just standing up...

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Re: My legs are burning!

Postby Starsky » Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:01 pm

With more time on the foil, your stance begins to thaw. Used to feel like my feet were cemented to the board. Now its easier to find moments of float to move them.

At the beginning your just focused on getting the thing to ride along level so you balance and brace in whatever stance your in. Eventually you will be good at the balance point and can optimize the stance to reduce bracing.

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Re: My legs are burning!

Postby haare » Thu Jun 01, 2017 2:45 pm

Maybe keep your kite higher. That makes it lot less strenous for the legs. My legs are fine. All things cosidered it is lighter for me that TT. But with TT i spent all the time jumping and now I am back practising turns :D

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Re: My legs are burning!

Postby Tone » Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:11 pm

you can ride around with almost no pressure if you want but when you're trying to haul ass in every direction, it's gonna burn.

going super tight upwind = burning
going super deep downwind = burning

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Re: My legs are burning!

Postby Peter_Frank » Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:15 pm

haare wrote:
Thu Jun 01, 2017 2:45 pm
Maybe keep your kite higher. That makes it lot less strenous for the legs. My legs are fine. All things cosidered it is lighter for me that TT. But with TT i spent all the time jumping and now I am back practising turns :D

Yes, you use almost no muscles to foil - when you have learned you can ride "forever" without getting tired, IF you want that :rollgrin:

Or you can put a big kite up, fly it low and powered while pushing upwind, and get a workout - or you can do tricks or ride waves so you get tired fast because of the moves themself, or the crashes, or the pure stoke ha haa :naughty:

While learning, you can easily cramp up in no time, because of the tension trying to balance and control "just some of it for a little while", and after 20 minutes many (me included back when starting full on from day one) are toast, the very first days.

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PS: I see no reason why super deep downwind is tiring Tone ! Going at max speed downwind can be, but you can go even deeper at a tad less speed, so super deep is easy IMO.

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Re: My legs are burning!

Postby Hugh2 » Thu Jun 01, 2017 4:57 pm

Can't add much to above, just to say I'm 11 sessions in and feeling comfortable on 24" mast on Slingshot HoverGlide Flight School. Legs don't burn anymore, easy stance, able to move feet around a bit, going upwind and downwind easily, riding as far as I want without touching down. I do keep the kite high and try to limit speed, but then I'm old and cautious. Problems are getting around to toeside, let alone riding toeside, so still have to stop/crash for turns. Can't yet imagine being able to properly gybe on the foil. Going to try 30" mast soon.

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