Last month I wrote about how I was scared about returning to the climbing gym and how I was afraid that my hangups were going to hold me back from excelling/having fun/making friends at the gym.
I want to thank those of you who left comments and messaged me encouraging words and reminders that being nervous is understandable but being afraid would hold me back.
After spending a fantastically long time at the gym early on Saturday afternoon I came home ready to conquer the world. In the past month I went from being winded and tired from a simple 5.8 route* on the shorter walls to getting myself up 5.10b* and attempting 5.10c* routes on the much taller walls (I think the walls are about 50 feet high in some places?). I wasn’t mentally prepared on Saturday and insisted on going climbing to procrastinate/avoid work so I wasn’t expecting much from my workout but I ended up trying my hand at a few different things and even showed Alex up on a new tricky route!
After so many improvements over a short period of time, I’m less scared and more excited about things:
I’m excited to give Alex a run for his money on who can climb the harder routes
I’m excited to work on my endurance and volume by adding some intentional workouts to my evenings in the gym
I’m excited to join in on member events! I entered a T-shirt restyle contents (my tank is in the photo above…the result of procrastinating) and I hope to take part in different clinics and events in the future
I’m excited (and scared, who am I kidding!) to drop into the yoga classes offered at the gym
I’m excited to bring more friends climbing with us each month
I’m hoping to be able to share more improvements in the coming months as I spend more time focused on improving my climbing and having fun. Seriously though, your support on here, via email, and on Twitter and Instagram mean so much to me. Knowing that others are feeling the same nervousness when it comes to trying new things and getting back into the saddle make me feel less silly.
*These are descriptions of how difficult it is to scale the wall using different routes. Each route is different and is differentiated by the color of the plastic holds or tape and a card at the start of each route. The numbers are based on the Yosemite Decimal System, which is described really well here. Outdoor climbing routes generally use the same system but are obviously much different than the routes found in a gym environment. If you’re thinking of trying your hand at climbing, be sure to talk to your doctor beforehand, take an introductory class, and exercise caution.