Sunday, March 7, 2010

Together With Stretching And Epsom Salt

Rock climbing is a religious experience. Why? The only thing coming out of my mouth post-climbing was an Oh My God chant.

There was some weird intensity going through my arms. Even though I know that I need to keep straight arms while climbing, it's a whole different affair when I hit the wall.

Without delay, I popped in a DVD and selected the stretch portion of 10 Minute Solution: Tone Trouble Zones! After tearing myself down, I like to put myself back together with stretching and Epsom Salt.

While I was climbing, there was this Korean woman who looked like she was an AP photographer or something. She was documenting the experience for her sons. As I untied from a rope, she patted me on the back and told me nice hobby. Cute gesture. I told her that she had a nice hobby too since she had a serious telephoto lens on her camera. Korean mama had such a friendly face underneath some rather tall hair that reminded me of The Supremes.

I struggled, inexplicably, with the easier routes. Patti pulled the psychological card. My struggle with the 5.6's was probably part mental and part stair/hill workout yesterday.

Today's tally:

Truxton or Bust, 5.6
Bright Idea, 5.8
Sol, 5.7
Gymnopaeda, 5.7
Face Plant, 5.8
Unidentified, 5.7 (near Sol)
Unidentified, 5.7 (near Gym...)
Rainbow Bright, 5.8
Unidentified, 5.6 (warm-down; down climbed as well)

Note to self: Straight arms, girl. Straight arms.


  1. Love the exercise can be can a religious experience...:) I have often prayed during a tough class or workout....

  2. MS. Bad MJ,

    Yeah, sometimes I feel like those tough classes might get me closer to God sooner than I want. ;)

    I just wish the edorphins lasted longer.

  3. I too feel closer to God when I workout - not everyday, but on certain days - definitely.

  4. Diane,

    I cannot tell you how grateful I feel when I've finished working out. The reasons are many.