I haven’t been able to climb since injuring my shoulder.
I’m very much a novice when it comes to rock climbing but I thought I would give the upcoming boulder competition a go at the strong “encouragement” of the instructors and other parents. So after much procrastination and hesitation I jumped on the bouldering wall to train…well I over did it! ……..remember I’m a novice and have no clue what I am doing when it comes to bouldering!
So I waited for a week or so and “reluctantly” decided that it wouldn’t be in my best interest or my shoulders’ to enter the competition. Phew!!!!
Getting my Fix
Well, it was phew that I couldn’t enter the competition , I had an excuse but then it put me out of action for several weeks. But I still needed my climbing fix!! (I’m not a real competition kinda gal)
Fortunately our son climbs, so I managed to get my climbing fix just being at the gym, armed with my kindle and sketch kit.
Deconstructed and loving it!
I wasn’t in the mood for a burger, I’m not much of a bread person, so Jess (one of the instructors who was working in the upstairs cafe) deconstructed it!
Seriously, how many climbing gyms have you been to that offers meals like this and has such fantastic staff?!
I love this place, it’s my second home.
My 5 reasons why rock climbing is so addictive?
- I love the physical challenge of pushing myself to get to the next hold, positioning my body in the awkward pose, where I wish I had done calisthenics as child or that I was an ex gymnast. Where most “regular” and less vertically challenged individuals would be able to reach I am challenged by the shortness of my legs and arms and maybe even finger tips. I love the dynamic power that’s sometimes required, the agility and ballet like grace. We often talk about “quiet feet” on the walls (as a child my mum said I had elephant feet –sad face)
- I love that it’s like solving a puzzle and sometimes the solution isn’t what it appears to be when I’m half way up.
- I love the mental challenge. I keep getting told it’s a head game and it sure it! The number of times I’ve been on the wall asking myself “what they heck I’m doing up here” and “I just can’t finish the climb because I’m too tired, too pumped, not feeling well, ….or even I need to go to the toilet” . Nowadays , I have sometimes …actually often have conversations with myself on the wall of how and why I can and should do get to the next hold and next hold and to do whatever it takes to finish the climb. Anyone looking up would witness a crazy Chinese lady on the wall silently debating and mumbling to herself, whilst nodding and shaking her head.
- Although I haven’t climbed outdoors yet I have been a spectator many times. And as you know I love exploring the outdoors.
- I love the community. My climbing buddies are a hoot! I look forward to seeing them, having a laugh, solving problems together, and cheering and encouraging each other. It’s the incongruencey in what you would expect with accents and race in our group. We have a French Indian or Indian French (same same but different?!) , a Chinese Scottish, Aussie Chinese and many other cultural mixes. What you see is not what you think and what you hear messes with what you have a preconceived idea of. It’s very entertaining.
Me and a few of my crazy climbing buddies
When I first started writing this post I mentioned I had injured my shoulder, well that was my left shoulder. Well since then I have injured my right shoulder and have epicondylitis . Yes, most likely from climbing but you have to take into consideration that it was many months in between. So I still climb but am not as gungho…mind you I never really was, unlike one of my crazy climbing buddies!
I’m more cautious and sensible but like I mentioned before it is a head game and I have to ask myself if it’s my laziness talking (because believe it or not – with eye looking side to side – I do get lazy!) or my intuition telling me to just hang back (sorry for the pun) and not over do it. I think being a psychologist in my past life, the internal voices seem to be louder and I pay more closer attention to them. You know that “awareness thing!”
I want to be a hardcore fearless climber….
I watch lots of climbing videos attend climbing comps but there’s a difference between wanting to be and actually being one. I’ve been told that although I’m strong and have incredibly hard delts (I think they’re hard), my limitation is in my head (again!!) . I’m slowly and gradually getting around this. My self talk on the wall really helps but what helps me the most is having the support and encouragement of my climbing buddies.
So maybe the next post I write about me and my climbing I will have either been climbing outdoors, climbed higher grades that I’m currently doing now, got my lead pass or even attempted and consistently played on the boulder wall. At the end of the day, it’s all about playing and having fun for me!!