Balance

How do you prepare for the rigorous physical requirements of high elevation adventure? Strength and endurance are key, but are only part of a more complex equation. How do you prepare for changes in altitude, exposure, diet, etc.? How do you mentally prepare? Learn from others and share what you know about training in advance for outdoor adventures.
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Re: Balance

Post by austex » Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:13 pm

Do you use bifocals? If so, do they mess up your balance?
Yes I do and the answer is yes! Cross a log? I take 'em off.

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Re: Balance

Post by rlown » Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:23 pm

Let's see. I used regular glasses since the 3rd grade. Up at the shore of Puppet lk, I took off my regular glasses to tie a fishing knot and promptly stepped on them. Switched to my backup glasses (bifocals) only worn a few times because of spatial weirdness. You get used to them pretty quickly if you need them, but every step for the first day seemed to be off by 5" too short to the ground. An odd place to get used to new glasses.

Now, i swear by progressive lenses. I don't have to take them off to tie knots anymore.

As for balance, mine seems to be going, but only if I close my eyes. Makes time in the shower more dangerous.

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Re: Balance

Post by oldranger » Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:52 pm

Daisy I use progressives. A funny thing happened when I got my new prescriptions in December (actually not so funny) Picked my new glasses and the vision was bizarre. The only thing that was in focus was a tiny spot in the middle and my right eye was really messed up. they told me it takes time to get used to them and take them home and wear them for a couple of days. Well I tried but they literally made me sick wearing just an hour. So I returned them they checked them out and said they were ground wrong. Got the new ones back and they were only marginally better. Went to a different optometrist for a second opinion and she found the prescription for left lens to be close but slightly off and for the right lens to be way off. Took them back with the new prescription to have new lenses made and finally, on the third time they worked!

Also another good balance challenge is to put your socks on while standing on one leg at a time. Don't do this after having a few drinks!
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Re: Balance

Post by Jimr » Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:21 pm

"Also another good balance challenge is to put your socks on while standing on one leg at a time. Don't do this after having a few drinks!"

I do this all of the time, and I wear toe socks ;-)
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Re: Balance

Post by Dave_Ayers » Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:38 pm

Wandering Daisy wrote:...OR, do you use bifocals? If so, do they mess up your balance? I am having a horrible time adjusting - and I have had them five years! Balance is supposed to be inner ear ...
I can show you an inner ear/vision calibration drill the next time I see you (courtesy of the trainer/wifey). Maybe you'll find it useful.

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Re: Balance

Post by Jimr » Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:11 pm

Here's my yoga pose :D
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Re: Balance

Post by maverick » Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:16 pm

Nice Jimmy. :D
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Re: Balance

Post by oldranger » Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:19 pm

Dave Ayer

Just noticed your question. Didn't mean to ignore you. I wear progressives, Since 1991. Don't sense that they have impact on my balance.
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Re: Balance

Post by Wandering Daisy » Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:25 pm

Thanks OR. Maybe there still is hope for me with progressives. I never thought about the glasses being the problem, not me. I will go to a place that guarentees the work and give it a few more tries.

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