The "f" word
Sunday, June 01, 2014
There are things I will say -- truthfully -- to other climbers that I would never say -- because they wouldn't be true -- to non-climbers.
To climbers, I hate being short. In real life, I mock it gently, and often enjoy it.
To climbers -- lately -- I will refer to myself as weak and fat.
In real life, I am neither weak, nor fat. A bit out of shape, but getting there.
At the climbing gym, however, saying that means something totally different than it would if I wasn't there. It doesn't mean: "OMG I'm so FAAAAAAT! I feel bad about myself and hate my body!" There, it means that -- in relation to my climbing -- I have too much weight for my muscles to easily carry.
This time last year, I'd just started to put on some weight, but I could make up for it and my lack of reach (woo, short!) because I had the muscle to carry me through. Now, post-injury, I need to rebuild that muscle, and lose some weight to return to my optimal climbing body. Now, I'm pretty sure my optimal weight for climbing should be between 115 and 125 lbs. I was at the top end of that November 2012 (keep in mind, I'm 5'2 if my Dr is feeling generous).
So what am I doing about it?
I'm taking my time with recovery: knee injuries are BAD. I'm climbing twice a week, walking the dog, biking to work, and teaching one belly dance class a week - yep, taking it easy. From here, I'm considering working with Ashke, who has just gotten back in to working out after being super-lazy last year. He'd be an excellent resource for lifting, and would keep me company during. I'm going to try to bike more than just to work (about a 4km round trip, except on Thursdays, when it's 12km). I'm going to start taking Ghost up and down that killer hill between me and work, as my sprinting in softball is downright pathetic (woo, cardio?). I'm also going to start tracking my food again *wince*, because I'm tired of my favourite activity being so bloody hard.
So what is my challenge for June? 5 push-ups a day, every day.