My orthopedic doc sent me for an MRI for my shoulder and discovered a torn rotator cuff. He said it is moderate in size and he would normally want to do surgery to fix it, but I am asymptomatic- no pain or weakness in relevant motions like shoulder rotation. He will monitor the tear and we’ll revisit later this month. He said the concern if the tear were to grow is that the ball of the ball and socket joint (glenohumeral ) can slip upward if not restrained properly. There’s no sign that is happening yet but he’ll watch it.
Doc said there are no additional restrictions, just avoid overhead movements and anything that causes pain. I had modified my resistance training routine to eliminate the overhead press and replace it with upright row for the central deltoids and a pushdown exercise for the triceps so that is all still fine, as is my heavyhands walking, nordic walking, and paddling.
I went kayaking for the first time this year at Vasona Lake county park which is 23 miles away, the closet lake where I can rent. They rent beginner sit-on-tops there which are fine for exercise, if I want to rent “sit inside” sea kayaks I have to go a bit further to Santa Cruz, Moss Landing, or Monterey. You can also rent canoes and Standup-Paddleboards (SUPs) at Vasona.
Approaching the dam:
Local dragon boat crew out practicing. That looks fun, with a similar paddle stroke to outrigger canoes, with the major difference there are two rows of paddlers so you can’t switch sides while paddling. I think that would wear me out:
View in the other direction towards the Santa Cruz mountains:
It was a very nice day to be out on the water. Unfortunately, my right shoulder still bothered me which surprised me because it is fine when I do it at home on my homemade trainer. It doesn’t like the recovery from the paddle draw on the right side. I have to figure out a way to modify my stroke so no rotator cuff motion occurs during the recovery. The canoeing and SUP paddling stroke should still be fine as that is a more forward and back motion. So I’ll try SUPing next time.
That has to wait till my shoulder recovers from my recent fall. In the meantime, I’m enjoying a lot of biking.