After an incredibly long 3-month hiatus from climbing, I finally feel well enough to get back on the wall, and climb my little heart out 🙂 As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve recently started weight training again. My elbow seems to be supporting my weight pretty well given the circumstances.
So this past Friday, I went bouldering for the first time in 3 months, and I can’t tell you how great it feels to be climbing again. It’s not without its challenges though. After months of not being able to exercise my upper body, I’ve lost quite a bit of strength, and also confidence in my ability to climb. I was struggling quite a bit on the wall. Sadly, I couldn’t even finish a lot of the problems that I climbed. For a lot of them, I’d get pretty close to topping, but then fear would eat at me, making me not want to make the next move in the sequence. I do think that it’s something that I’d be able to work on as I get back into climbing regularly again.
Grip strength is another thing that I really need to work on. Mine isn’t as strong as it was before my little climbing accident. I also need to start building callouses on my palms again, as weird as that sounds lol. Callouses are actually really good for climbing. They toughen up your skin, which makes climbing easier. It’s a good thing my climbing gym put in this new training area for their members. I had a lot of fun playing around with the hangboards, and the cannon ball holds. They were actually easier to pull up on than expected. I’d love to have a set-up like this at home, but it’ll probably cost several hundred dollars to put together. Maybe in a few years…A girl can only dream 🙂