- May 2, 2019
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- UK - Hampshire
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One of the things about getting older is that the mind still thinks your body is 26 years old and the body recognises that it is NOT 26 any more ... those twinges are signs of the conflict between mind and body and should not be ignored. I have an arthritic knee, whilst it is normally something I can live with, I made the mistake of pushing it too far a couple of weeks ago with the result now that I am really suffering and suspect that I have done some serious damage - not that I can get a doctors appointment before next week to be able to find out !
Take care - beekeepers back is a pretty real hazard in this hobby.
I am 26...............errrr...........plus the other 14 years. You have pretty much nailed what happened.
I am very mindful when lifting as I have a dodgy back, so my technique was good. It was at a good height to lift from as I have tall stands. And tbh it was heavy, but not too bad. It was less difficult than lifting full supers off to put the clearer boards in when they are stacked high.
So like you say, I'm not 26 anymore, so if I can split the weight, I will be doing so in the future. It seems even when I think its all ok, I can still hurt my self.
I relay struggled with the weight of supers last year, I was running Ply ones too that weigh a ton. I remember one that was a 9 frame and the bees had stuffed the gap between the supers too, my arms were shacking from the strain. I have some proper job ceder supers to try this year, so am hoping that will help.
The heavy lifting involved with keeping was not something I had considered before starting. And is the one think that may have put an early end to my keeping. Luckily I have a very good friend I can call on when ever the lifting gets too much for me. He does not even like honey and refuses payment. And I can always burrow bee suits from work too so dont have to worry about kit for him.