Sunday, March 21, 2010

Ain't No Mountain...

My mother: What's next? Climbing mountains?

Me: I chuckle then I hadn't thought about that but now that you mention it...
It's funny that my mother mentioned mountains to me because I feel like I'm on top of one or that I'm right near the top, one foot down and one leg poised to push over the top.

In the immortal words of James Brown, I feel good. And I feel strong.

When I was doing some ab work, I noticed how solid my core feels and how I'm able to do tall sit ups without struggling.

While climbing, I noticed that those routes that have been a pain in the behind weren't so grueling. I felt as if I could have climbed all day.

Route tally:

Sponge Bob, 5.7
Truxton or Bust, 5.6
Bright Idea, 5.8
Face Plant, 5.8 (2x's)
JW, 5.8
Unnamed, 5.6 (Ascended and Down Climbed)
Rainbow Bright, 5.8 (Ascended 3x's + Down Climbed 1x)

JW has been my long-term nemesis but I climbed it more cleanly today. I felt as if it wasn't so hard. I'm stronger. And I did Face Plant twice today. Hello!

I need to thank Patti for indulging me. She knows that I'm a pushing specialist. So, she often throws down the gauntlet and challenges (or indulges) me...

Jessica, if you're out there listening, I went climbing with your athletic family. Your brother, who hadn't been climbing in ages, had me cracking up with his it doesn't matter which route I climb, it's all the same to me. It's so wrong that he can climb a 5.9 and hasn't been climbing in ages. Your mom (as usual) was climbing like she meant business and your father, and I'm paraphrasing here, said something like your mother was the best thing that ever happened to him. Wish you were here...


  1. You've got me in the mood to go rock climbing now.

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  3. how amazing to feel all that hard work coming together eh? especially when you get to apply it to something that you really love doing...nice work on those routes. i can't WAIT to hear what's on the other side of that mountain...but i'm willing to bet you're gonna wanna climb another ;)

  4. @Nicci@NiftyEats,

    You know that I'm rooting for you to go. I hope that you will go soon.


    I'll let you know what's on the other side. ;)

    It's ironic. You work and work out. The changes in your body are subtle but it is amazing when you realize that you can go further than the last time you were engaged in the same activity.

  5. Aahh Yes! I love that feeling of accomplishment when one day I can suddenly do some exercise that's been plaguing me for months. congrats on your progress! Before you know it - 5.9, 5.10, 5.11? Go get it girl :)

  6. Diane,

    Thanks. :o, I so have my mind set on the next step, a 5.9. I'm going to try and go get it. :)

  7. Regarding the circular containers - yes they are magnets - sold as spice jars at World Market (Cost Plus). They are fun to put colorful necklaces in because you can still see them. I should have put them back in their containers before I took the picture, but you get the idea. :)

  8. I love it when I can achieve and sometimes go beyond what I thought I could accomplish! You are a rock star!!

  9. @Shelley,

    Thanks for letting me know about the spice jars.


    Thanks. You rock too. ;)

  10. Good for you with the solid core! My doc told me that my core muscles seemed well developed and I was all BOOYAH!

  11. @Sara,

    I see your booyah and I raise you one. ;) Yay for developed cores!