We put a full rack system, rowing machine, bike and dumbbell set in our smaller garage when they closed the gyms. Been a Godsend for me getting back in shape lifting and losing about 15lbs heading into knee surgery #3 next week.I’m retired but still have plenty of years before I hit the 70’s. That being said, I actually joined a gym to get into better shape to handle those long hours on the rail dropping flat falls. Between the rowing machine, curls, bent rows, and the like, my back is feeling better than it has in years. Steve hit it on the head- it’s tough.
60 and retiring???? Now I'm really feeling old---. Congratulations. I tell all my friends that life begins at retirement.Steve,
I will say it was nice sharing the rail with you on my last LR trip. You are laid back and friendly. Two attributes that I think everyone on a LR trip should have. I will turn 60 next year and plan to retire shortly after. I hope I can keep fishing as long as you have been able to.
Thanks for sharing this trip report and your perspective as a seasoned angler.
Ok posts aren’t supposed to get personal, and I’m not giving professional advice. But when I said I’m sleepless with soft hands it’s because I’m a surgeon. Just so happens that I do spine surgery. While I can’t warranty anyone’s back for LR fishing, I will say it shouldn’t keep you from fulfilling your golden years and bucket lists.I think there’s a difference in motivation factor at the end of an 8 day trip when you’ve traveled to Alijos, made bait and fished an evening on those Yellows, then traveled back up. As opposed to being genuinely fired up for a day and a half trip.
I have the right gear, arms are strong enough but my back is the weak spot in the equation. Have been taking 800 mg tablets of Motrin and a muscle relaxant Robaxin since injuring my back a little over 35 years ago. Had a 6mm bulge in a disc, L5-S1. It helps, but again, sometimes not enough.
Interesting, I actually enjoy night fishing - if the fish are biting. Day AND night fishing can be tiring, but the cool air, no sunblock and fewer folks at the rail are nice. Sometimes the fish become confused and do not pull as hard. You see all kinds of unusual marine critters at night too. It is certainly not getting easier as we age, but I am fighting it every step!Yep… the older I get, the less I like night fishing.
Bruce,60 and retiring???? Now I'm really feeling old---. Congratulations. I tell all my friends that life begins at retirement.