1 Week Ago
I'm in decent shape, if you think swinging a heading rope is anything like running a saw in a tree, well you've never done team roping, I can tell you that. As the header if you haven't caught in the first handful of seconds, it's all over. And the curious part about it, is I had carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand(I'm left handed) and while there's discomfort it greatly helped the numbness, lost strength though. Don't need a lot of strength to swing a rope. But I could never do it with my left hand because of the numbness. So the ironic part is if I hadn't had that surgery On my offhand I'd never be able to team rope. As headers swing with the right in team roping, there is no real way around that.
Of course I get by. I'm a chimney sweep now, and have to use my hands quite a bit still. It's nothing like the abuse of running saw all day, or pulling on cold steel(highlead logging) with all your might.
It's not the only reason I left treework behind, it burned me out. I'm detail oriented, and can worry every last detail. The constant stress of laying it on the line over and over again was wearing me out. Now as a sweep, when I worry every little detail it just makes me better at my job. Lol.