Muffinman

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Post by Tjuggles » 07 Dec 2018 15:53

Agreed; double blender from you is off the charts! I have never hit it either...

EDIT: TOP POST!

A nice one of Mana island, with the south island in the background:

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Post by Muffinman » 01 Jan 2019 18:40

Urgh, too bad those Modified posts got wiped. Really sucks. Thankfully I didn’t lose too much — a post about a Christmas session with Adam Greenwood that went pretty well despite me being so deathly sick that I was impressed that I was able to play at all and literally not pass out. Obvs didn’t add to my 20x20 count.

But I did lose a post in Josh Gayhart’s blog with videos and descriptions for neck stretches that I put quite a bit of work into :(



NEW YEARS JAM 2018/19
Mathieu contacted me and asked if I was going to NYJ this year. I’d taken the time off just in case, but was super undecided and so was he, both because of back pain. But then we kind of pushed each other a bit to go. Apparently it was supposed to be a surprise that we were showing up, but Mathieu forgot to tell me that -__- on that note, there were a lot of unannounced surprise guests! Like Nick Landes! Who else was there? Dante Diotallevi, Josh Gayhart, Cassy, Derek, Kevin Hogan, Pete Bowler, Zach Jahner, Matt Kemmer. I can’t even list or remember everyone.

I only played one day, and I’m thankful that I could at all, but I was dying the next day and just filmed (quite a bit!) My back is still killing me a few days later too. A nice coincidence though: my gf had a massage booked for Thursday, but a good friend from out of town is showing up and she cant cancel last minute, so she’s going to transfer her appointment into my name (we share a discount pass anyway). So I’ll get a massage before my first session back on Friday!

Also on that note, Nick Landes was so nice and concerned about my back health (he’d helped me with a Skype yoga session a few years back). So he organized a group yoga session, that was basically my first group experience ever (I learned 1-on-1 from my uncle, also an instructor). It was awesome and he came around and corrected our posture and stuff. Then he also gave me a massage on the sunday since I wasnt playing due to pain. He also gave me poses to do for my back and muscles groups to tell my massage therapist to work on at future massage sessions! He isolated this one muscle group that he noticed was particularly tight that I never noticed before — my QL for future self reference, up in my mid-back.

Anyway, I played okay, but not great, and thankfully not terribly. Highlight was maybe big apple first and only try, footing the BSOS. Some people singled out a run I had with something like stepping same symp mirage > ducking symp mirage and then also symp whip war drill > rev whirlygig same run. Something like that. I filmed good shred from most everyone. Including a lot of trials by Pete Bowler! So much crazier in person! Anyway, will eventually make a video and let that speak for itself.

Need to fix my back 😩

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Post by C-Fan » 03 Jan 2019 11:49

Neat that you got to go to NYJ. I think nine times out of ten in life, when you're on the fence about doing something or going somewhere its best to just go do it. Even if things don't end up perfect, its better to have the imperfect experience rather than no experience at all.

That's cool you did a group yoga experience at the tournament. If I recall correctly, a group yoga session at a footbag tournament is what got Nick into yoga in the first place!

Hope your back feels better and your 2019 is off to a good start.

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Post by boyle » 04 Jan 2019 20:35

yeah, I would love to go to the NYJ sometime. Looks like a lot of fun. Glad you could make it there!

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Post by Tripp » 06 Jan 2019 16:16

It was nice getting to shred with you, Erik! I didn't realize you were in pain, or else I wouldn't have been harping on you to play more!
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Post by Muffinman » 10 Jan 2019 08:53

Thanks guys.
No worries, Josh. I didn't noticing you harping at all. I enjoyed watching you play though, and getting to shred with you!

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Post by Muffinman » 14 Jan 2019 18:07

Yeah, totally, Ken. That was my exact rationale for going. And I'm glad I did even though I could barely play. Still going through that footage very slowly. Been having issues with my (NEW) phone, where transferring files likes to crap out, so it's taken me like 50 attempts to get all the files, and still only about 2/3 are transferred. Eventually...



FIRST SESSION OF 2019:
Had a duo session with Alex today.
Didn't realize just how sick I still am, though. Only went in to work for half a day last week (went home at lunch). Thankfully I'm able to work from home, so I only actually took one sick day, and the rest I worked from bed. Today I went to work and felt fine, but then as soon as I started playing footbag I could feel that I'm still only halfway to getting better. And I was starting to feel it a bit to the end of the day before that too. No 20x20 today. I had tissue jammed up my nose and was feeling a bit dizzy too. Just beat. Oh, and my back, of course. But surprisingly it was mostly the sickness that was holding me back today.

Highlights:
-A run with gyro dlo BSOS, and some other good things (stepping whip > spinning ducking clipper BSOS?)
-double spinning clipper BS (dropped the BSOS?)
-OH! pdx blender > ripwalk BS! first time ever stepping out of blender, I think! I've been thinking up combos for a drill video (a la Rafal Kaleta), and food > ripwalk repeat is something I thought I could attempt. I also stepped out of both foods, but didn't quite nail the ripwalk on either. Only stopped because of back pain. But it felt amazing. Not nearly as hard as I expected!
-mobius BSOS, with blurriest > blurry whip BSOS?
-scorpion's tail BSOS

Oh, and some new tricks:
-inside-kick-set ducking clipper BS
-inside-kick-set diving clipper BS
-inside-kick-set ducking legover BS
-inside-kick-set diving legover BS

Actually, I'm sure I've hit at least a few of those before. Also need to check my trick list to see if any are actually new, but the legovers feel new...

Fun, but unsure if I'll be able to play on Friday. Girlfriend has strep throat, so I'm probably going to get that now too. I basically haven't not been sick since mid-December. Crazy. My manager is going to be so skeptical...



EDIT: here’s the drills list so far. Trying to think up as many drills that disclude whip as possible, but that’s tough. If you have any suggestions...:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Rd4 ... nIqapEEq4k

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Post by Muffinman » 20 Jan 2019 16:13

Urgh. My back is super ridiculously fucked.
It was bothering me quite a bit early last week so on Wednesday I decided to finally get to the yoga poses Nick Landes gave me, in addition to my usual physio exercises. I did like 2 hours total of everything and I totally pushed too much and then the next morning could barely stand up. Took Thursday and Friday to work from home, which is so-so acceptable, especially since I did kind of miss a meeting.

Took those 2 days and then the whole weekend to just rest and stay in bed. But it's kind of just stayed the same. We're pretty sure that my mattress has a lot to do with it. I bought basically the cheapest spring mattress I could in 2011 when I moved to Toronto, and the cheapest bed frame. I did splurge on bedding and a mattress topper because I always had bad insomnia, but the mattress is just super floopy now and I need support. So once I'm able to go back into the outside world we're gonna go test out mattresses and buy a super expensive one, after hours of research. Too bad I can't just pay the money and magically have the perfect mattress appear on my bed right now because that's what I really need :'(

I'd been using heating pads consistently, but WebMD recommends icing instead, so just today I've switched over to that. It's hard to tell if it's working better yet. I doubt I will be much better by tomorrow, so will probably go to the doctor's instead of work. I have about a day's worth of lieu time accumulated so that should be fine too.

But definitely no footbag in the foreseeable future. The one day at NYJ was baaasically the only time I've played since early December. It suucks. I just want to play. But also if I can't fix my back in the long term I don't know if footbag is something that I can physically continue to do :'( It's not worth it to be a cripple for the rest of my life. Blleerg. Gonna follow-up with my physiotherapist soon also, though she was really unsure how to proceed last I saw her... Oh and I have massage on Tuesday, but I'm almost more concerned that that will make it worse and I'll have trouble getting home after...

I just want to play footbag D':

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Post by Dio » 22 Jan 2019 05:25

Dude.. that's bad news. I was hoping to see you play more at NYJ but didn't know you were going through such a severe time. Best wishes for your recovery.

I've found yoga once a week to be helpful, and yes for sure get a supportive and comfy bed. maybe used for a better price? Lots of post-secondary students buy new, use for college, then sell.

I feel like we need a guide to the physical ergonomics of playing footbag.

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Post by C-Fan » 22 Jan 2019 07:57

Sorry to hear the bad news on the back Erik. I don't think I bought a proper nice mattress until my early 30s, but that was one of the best things I ever did. I know I used to wake up my wife with restless leg syndrome, or even just getting in and out of bed. Now she doesn't feel a thing.

I like Dante's yoga idea. I feel like that couldn't hurt, provided you don't overdo it.

On a tangentially related note, if you ever decide to have kids be aware that picking them up repeatedly (especially when they squirm) can really mess your back up. I was fine for the first year of my son's life, but once he hit 25+ pounds I really started feeling it in the lower back.

Fingers crossed on your recovery!

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Post by boyle » 22 Jan 2019 13:24

Too bad to hear about all that pain, hopefully you have some improvement there. I think a new mattress would help. I imagine your financial position is better than when you first moved to the city. I remember when I was a kid, I had been having all this trouble sleeping, then eventually we looked at my bed and it was all bumpy with a couple of the springs poking into my back, which explained a lot.

Ken is right on the kids thing, they get really heavy and it's easy to do some damage trying to pick them up.

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