Today I finally took the plunge and attempted a wall outside of the beginner section at the climb gym.
Its rating was 5.7 (to give a quick reference all climbing walls start at a rating of 5 and go up 5.1-5.12 the higher the value the more difficult the climb)
Until today the most difficult wall I had tried was a 5.4
Man, this was not easy. In fact I tried twice and then got tired so went off to help others climb while I rested and then I decided to give it another go.
Once more up and fail and down.
But this time I stepped back and analyzed, what was I doing wrong? I kept getting stuck at the same place....
I knew in my head that I could do this one, just how?
My brother climbed it a couple times to show me where I had gotten stuck and what I was likely doing wrong.
We (my brother and my husband and I) talked it through and then I started up again.
I made it past the part that I had been stuck on the previous 3 times! Then (by no small feat as by this time I was quite tired) I kept going. I took 2 breaks on the second half and just hung there. I massaged my arms on the knot in the rope, caught my breath and analyzed where to go next.
And then all of a sudden I was at the top.
I DID IT!!
I climbed a next level wall. Like......I graduated!
I felt so legit, i mean I have felt pretty legit being there at all at my weight but I still was feeling like I had not yet really done anything that impresive.
Today I stepped it up.
Climbing is one of the first things I have ever done that I look forward to it being harder and harder.
I asked my brother to take some pictures of me climbing today as I want to show you fully that I am not small, that I sweat like crazy, that there is pain in my face, that I grimace, that I smile.
I hope I can inspire just one more large and lovely lady to give this a try.
Climbing is legitamitely a sport that needs muscle and being lean helps immensly, but so much of it is patience and problem solving. So I believe that you can do it!!!