vojtech wrote:I am 58 years old and I started kiteboarling last year. I picked it up quite nicely and went for a week in Hatteras in the fall. In there I got more wind that I am normally used to in Ontario and after couple of days my legs were KILLING me after only an hour on the water. I didn't feel overpowered with my kite, but I couldn't use the full power of the kite because my thighs were just giving up. The wind was mostly around 20-25 knots and I was on my 12m kite with JL Flightdeck board. I am just under 200 lb guy so I think my set up was find for the wind. Am I doing something wrong or is this just the old age?
I dont know how much you have surfed or windsurfed or similar sports earlier ?
Would just mention one thing almost everyone has learned from these sports though:
If you are out 2-3 days with power (good exciting conditions - or just the joy of being on holiday), most surfers no matter what age - will often be dead meat on the 4th day, and it would be better to take a rest and NOT go out at all, as your coordination sucks (first symptom of fatique) and your muscles will be very sore. They need 24-48 hours to be able to deliver again.
Going out several days in a row if you really push yourself a lot (no matter how much this is - very personal), will require a rest in order to continue again.
So not necessarily anything wrong with you - as you had been out more than usual (and not a teenager no more...), and every surfer I've met meets a wall when out often and for longer time than usual - where a day "off" is needed
Dont know if you can use this for anything - as it is not a "solution".
But better than thinking you are totally unsuited for this
Of course better coordination coming from being out more often for shorter periods, means you can relax when your strength are not needed - thus having much more power and more hours in you
If you have tension because of less perfect coordination, you WILL tire very fast.
Just like if you have to try something new for the very first time - your muscles will "tremble" and you will be tired 20 times as fast as normally
So it should get better over time
Kindly, Peter Frank