This blog has been quiet this summer as climbing has taken a back seat to some other activities. Its summer so getting outside and hiking, riding my bike, playing in the river and just all the other things that come with summer (BBQ's the garden) have kept me pretty busy.
But honestly there are two other major factors. The first is that it is hard for me to do activities alone, I just find getting motivated tough and I really dont like doing things alone so its less enjoyable. That being said, my usual climbing buddies have been very busy and also finding that financially its just not fitting in at the moment. Like many adventure sports, climbing is not cheap. Its a specialty sport that involves a lot of gear, guides for outdoor pursuits and specialty gym memberships. So it is something that we can prioritize but summer has brought many other costs with it and for now we have all decided to focus on strength building and other activities until fall.
I have now done 60 days of push-ups and am continuing to another 30 day challenge. My dad has been on board the whole time and is continuing on the next 30 days as well as I have another convert doing the old ups and downs with me.
I got a hang bar and resistance band so I can practice hangs and negative pull-ups.
I have been swimming lengths twice a week with a general average of 500 m each visit. My average time for a lap is about 30 seconds (a time i hope to greatly improve upon with practice) and i absolutely love being at the pool. Its reminded me that I like a great many activities but I am on a budget and I cant afford them all.
Even with hiking, a "free" activity with the mountains in my backyard, the cost of gas is high and it costs more than I like to drive there, so we have been walking in the city parks a lot more.
But summer is only half done and there is lots more fun to be had! I have a busy August planned, I will share it as much as I can.
My mental health is a bit taxed, so I am going to try and blog and update the social media but what I am most focused on is getting outside, moving, organizing and relaxing. I need to take care of myself and I hope you do too!!