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 Post subject: Numbness in the K1 seat
PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 1:27 am 
I have repeatedly experienced numbness at the side of my gluts paddling in my K1, after about an hour of paddling or so. Every time, if felt as if heat is building up in that area, and I had to shift around and try to adopt other positions to alleviate the problem. Is there any sort of modification needed to solve the problem, or might the use of an inflatable seat base on top of the current seat help?


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An inflatable seat might be the answer, but it will also raise your centre of gravity, and make you less stable. If you're comfortable with that, go for it.

When I've had this problem in the past, I've found that it was due to two things:

1. Keeping the knees in the 'locked' position all the time - ie being fully braced under the deck. This inhibits a fluid stroke and pushes your butt hard into the seat. And it isn't necessary. You can always find the braced position when you need it.

2. Having too passive a stroke. Bringing the legs more into the stroke will naturally keep things moving in the seat, preventing numbness.

Hope that helps.


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Part of getting it right involves making sure there's support under your entire thigh. On some boats I have to stick an extra cushion in front of the seat.


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