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that's me in the spotlight

Objectively, that was not a great climbing night. Subjectively, however, it was just fine.

I warmed up on a blue 5.7 I like (it's strengthy, mostly. It takes a lot of go to get on it when you're as heavy as I am, and there are a couple of big moves that are all arms) and then came back to challenge that white route with the corner that I have failed on the last two times I tried it. They have rated it--they rated it 5.7, which comforts me--and this time I managed to send it, though it's still not easy. There's a bit coming around the corner that takes a big push and a lot of smearing for me--I'm just the wrong height for either of the available footholds--and I finally made it and stuck it after several tries.

Then, I failed a lot. I came back to the 5.9 that I had been doing reliably before it was rated, and I had a hell of a time getting past the crux. Some of it was that I was tired from the earlier route, and some of it was that they put a hold for another route on the damned arete right where my hand goes. So I can't put my hand there anymore, because now it's cheating, and I had to find a different balance point. And I fell off a lot until I found it, and then I was too tired to finish the route. Dammit.

Wednesday I am coming back.

(Wednesday I also want to try the neon yellow route I was never able to make the second move on, because I am both lighter and stronger now, and that was what was stopping me before. You know, if I can get my weight down around 175, I could be kind of a monster.)

Anyway, I tried to finish out the night on a 5.7- I've done twice, and I just could not hit it right. Not enough grip strength to stay on this one particularly tricky hold. Big fall the first time I came off it, lots of slack in the rope, but you know, I didn't bounce. And any landing where you miss the ground is a good one.

Anyway, something very interesting has made itself evident. My cardio fitness was pretty good before I started climbing--I was walking regularly and hitting the ski machine and treadmills. But treadmill is not sidewalk, and so it was the kind of cardio fitness that's adequate for running up a couple flights of stairs or hiking four or six miles in relative comfort. It wasn't the kind of cardio fitness that lets you keep throwing yourself futilely at a vertical wall for half an hour and bounce back.

But now, between the climbing and the running, my cardio is freaking awesome. I can, in fact, keep hurling myself at the same stupid move and failing it for half an hour, if that's what it takes, and what stops me is not blood oxygen deficit but the fact that I notice that my hands will no longer stay on the holds, or my arms can no longer pull me up on it.

...and the end result of that is that all of a sudden I'm making strength gains like mad. So help me, God, my bodybuilder neck has resurrected itself. When I turn my head, you can see the muscle fibers.

I'm actually learning to do this. Which is pretty damned cool, because there were weeks when it seemed like I was never going to get anywhere.

And now I will have peach praline pie and some cheap Australian shiraz for dinner, because I have earned it, brother. (Climber girls are hot because they eat. That is all.)

Also, only 7 more days until the political commercials are out of our lives for another four years. Can I get an AMEN?

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A-FRAKKING-MEN!!!!
Can I get an AMEN?

AMEN, sister. And the sad thing is? I'm Canadian. You think YOU find your political ads annoying? *lol*

Glad that you're enjoying climbing so much and that your body is starting to shape up to your liking...that's always great news!
Congrats on the fitness improvement.

Between the day job and the writing at night, it's easy to convince myself that I "just don't have time", but that's an excuse, not reality. I just don't want to make time right now.

That's my next goal at being a writer . . . being a healthy writer.
Yays on the fitness thing. Healthy is good--someone should be healthy, since it certainly isn't me.

If I may ask, whatever made you decide to start climbing? It's not immediately the sort of activity one (ok, just me) usually thinks of when thinking "I need to exercise more and get in shape and stuff."

Edited at 2008-10-28 02:23 am (UTC)
It's fun. *g*
Also, only 7 more days until the political commercials are out of our lives for another four years. Can I get an AMEN?

A-Men. (And, please, please, let me live somewhere other than a "battleground" state by the next election!)
Yay for sexy climbing chicks!

Also, an'it please the scary good writer lady...to be wishing me good luck on NaNoWri? My friends talked me into it..
Dude! Good luck. *g*

And totally evil icon.

Sleep tight, Raphael.
You.
Are.
So.
Freaking.
HOT.

Just sayin'.
Aww. *g* Thank you!

(You know, I love the fact that I can bring two pounds of leftover fudge and half an apple pie to my gym, and the *women* descend like locusts. Hungry athletes are without social pretense.)
I just had a miniature orgasm at your apple pie and fudge.
:D

I am sticking to Archery. My body parts are incompatible with being up in the air. :)
it was pumpkin fudge.

Archery is also a noble endeavor.
ohgod.
I need a shower now.

You are Evil, and I love you.
I'm curious: up here in Canada, we got quasi-election ads for the Tories for months before the actual election was called, which (I'm sure) contributed to voter fatigue.

In the U.S., do you have any controls as to when political ads on TV or radio can be run?
hahahahahahahahaha! No.

God, wouldn't THAT be nice.
This election has been going on for 20 months. I think a lot of us are getting tired of it.

But I did my civic duty and voted early. Hooray for one-stop early absentee voting. (It may please you to know, matociquala, that turnout here in NC has been higher than ever, and 2:1 Democratic. As of yesterday, over 1 million NCans had voted early. In 2004, 700,000 people voted early. I've got my fingers crossed like mad.)
In principle, A-MEN.

In practical terms, however, the midterm elections are only two years away, alas. Then the whole primary cycle starts up again.

[ducking and running vvvvvvfar]
Amen!

I made a sign and put it up on our front door. It reads: Everyone in this house has ALREADY VOTED. Thanks!

Seriously, people have been knocking and wanting to talk to us about the various measures and such about twice a day. I'll be so happy when this is all over. (Here in OR we vote by mail in)
srsly.
"Also, only 7 more days until the political commercials are out of our lives for another four years. Can I get an AMEN?"

If only. The next presidential campagin will start no later than three years from now, maybe earlier.
AMEN!!!!

Also, peach praline pie!?!?! I kind of hate you right now ;p
7 more days until the political commercials are out of our lives for another four years
After having a national election (Can) that, you know, came and went and our lives go on? Soooo happy we don't have the set-in-stone election dates, with predictable campaign deadlines that start years before.

You all deserve a special hibernation period or something!