Yesterday afternoon, I went rock climbing with my friends Tim and Lindsey!
It was seriously the most fun I’ve had in awhile. My new favorite form of exercise :)
Tim and Lindsey belong to the Triangle Rock Club, which is a gym that’s entirely for rock climbing. Sweet!
It was basically a huge room with climbing walls all along the sides, and more in the middle, too, for bouldering (free climbing on lower walls without ropes).
As part of their membership they can bring friends with them for free. We’ve been talking about going for awhile so I was really excited to join! They were great teachers :)
I’ve only been rock climbing once before, in college. We had a rock climbing wall in our gym there and I remember being really scared the one time I tried it, so I was expecting to feel that way today, but I actually really surprised myself! I was a lot better than I thought I would be :)
I even made it to the top a couple times! See me all the way up there?!
Rock climbing is really fun because not only is it a great physical challenge (my arms are CRAZY sore today!), but it’s really mentally engaging and challenging, too, as you have to figure out where to go next and make yourself actually do it even if it’s scary!
“Wait… where DO I go next??” haha
It was really fun watching Tim and Lindsey, too — they are good!
This one doesn’t look crazy hard but it was — mostly because the wall tilted back so you needed to use more arm strength!
Doesn’t Lindsey look hardcore in this next one?!
Oh and yes, Lindsey and I totally had the same exact outfit on, lol. Not planned! I had shorts on originally and texted her right before she came to pick me up to ask if shorts were a bad idea for rock climbing… she said yes, haha. I think you can guess why — being up really high in baggy shorts with a harness on? Not hot.
Thanks again for bringing me, guys! I totally want to go back already :)
Have you all ever been rock climbing before? What’d you think?
I’m off to school — we have another 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. day but so far the class has been interesting so that’s a good thing! Lots of discussion vs. just endless Power Points, yay.
Oh and before I go, just a heads up I added the nutrition information per muffin to my Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Muffins recipe page! Thanks to reader Kathryn for calculating it for me :)
And also before I go, a big congrats to my Aussie friend and blog reader Katherine who just ran her very first 10k this past weekend in Canberra, Australia (and did so in a fANNEtastic t-shirt, hehe!) — she’s below on the right.
Katherine and I were both living in Tampa, Florida during the summer of 2009 — I miss Tampa and her! :)
And one more big congrats to blog reader Shawna who just emailed me to say she ran her very first 5k and is now training for a half marathon! Get it girl :) Hearing I’ve inspired you guys to be more active and have FUN with exercise is seriously the best part of writing this blog.
Have a great day, friends!