Joe, just because I can ride and jump etc all day doesn't mean I don't have dodgy knees! I get such a rush out of jumping that I've been known to fall badly and get straight back on, and only realise that I've injured myself up to an hour after the fact. That happened a few weeks ago, actually, and I ended up with a knee that was hurting so badly, I physically could not ride home, couldn't walk, couldn't do anything but sit and hold back tears. I was riding again the next day but I really paid for it.
I actually know a lot of people, myself included, who ride despite pain. I can't speak for everyone but I know for me, I ride for the adrenaline. I don't even feel the pain until later. I'm really paying for it now and I don't know if I'll be able to walk tomorrow, but it's so worth it. Of course I get so sunburnt I can't wear a bra (I'm fairly flat-chested, it's not a necessity for me) and I still say that whatever I was doing was worth it, and I still don't wear sunblock... pain doesn't stop me doing what I love. Which is odd because outside of horses I totally don't do pain.
edit; just saw Cruiser's post. I work checkout at one of the major supermarkets in Australia, so I do a lot of lifting. I don't bag any less than 5kg unless I'm specifically asked to keep the bags light, and I'll lift several hundred bags a day. Not including the 10-15kg cartons and slabs of drinks, the 8kg bags of dog food, and the 10kg bags of rice that routinely come through my checkout. I can carry a 20kg bag of horse feed from the house to the feed shed (50m give or take). Bear in mind, I only weigh 50kg!
I love swimming, but I can't bear laps. It's too monotonous. I also won't swim in the ocean (too cold in winter, and nasty stinging jellyfish in summertime), and the public pool costs an arm and a leg. I don't have a pool myself as the maintenance annoys me.
Last edited by blue eyed pony; 04-06-2012 at 01:30 PM.