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March 2017



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even lovers don't go there these last few years.

First off, Nisi Shawl has a blog post up about Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, a Butler Scholar and one of my Clarion West students--and the Octavia Butler Scholarship program. You should go read it because it's beatiful and satisfying and a perfect example of how SFF, at its best, is a family I am proud to be a member of. Also, it contains some ideas on how one can go about encouraging Diversity in Our Despised Genre.

Second, climbed tonight. Half a move higher on my project wall--got my hand on the next hold but couldn't stick it. I'm now really really good at the bottom two thirds, though. Screamed when I fell off it, and the route setter was standing right there, so I teased him a little. *g*

Other than that, 5.6 warmup and then three 5.8s I've done before, and I had a good time doing them. Also, new routes accomplished last week were rated 5.8, 5.8, and 5.9, respectively. Go, team me.

Then I made wonton soup for dinner.

Now I'm going to watch old episodes of House until I fall asleep.


Oh, it's pretty much useless as a weight-loss routine. It's one hell of a strength workout, though, and conditioning for balance and fast-twitch muscle fibers.

It's possible to work endurance/cardio into it--one can climb laps, for example--but honestly, that's probably not going to be physically possible for a beginner who is not already very fit.

It's strenuous enough that unless you're already at least somewhat physically fit, it's probably going to kick your ass to hell and gone after a route or two.

Climbing is definitely more a sport than an exercise routine. *g* I do other training to improve my climbing--yoga, weights, running. But it's an awesome and very rewarding sport.
I am learning stuff about myself and my capabilities I never would have known.