Today at the climb gym the man who was working needed to test my dads skills, to do this I would climb and my dad would show that he understands the support position to the climber (belaying) So I picked a wall and the employee said "why don't we pick an easy wall that we know you can get up?"
I just said "i can get up this one, no problem"
He looked skeptical but just said "ok then, to the top"
And up I went!
I love when I get that moment. I dare you to say I cant do it and I will tell you I already did.
Im still on the beginner walls but I am already feeling better about it all. The first couple times my arms would cramp quickly and my hands would ceaze. Now, its not so much that I am stronger (though I am sure I am a little stronger) but its more that my body has memory and is beginning to understand that what is happening is not an emergency. After all climbing is using muscle that I am not used to using, so it makes sense that my body would react more strongly to that. Now I think my arms are a little more used to being used and they have accomodated.
Now that we have that over with I can get down to the business of getting stronger.
Wanting to climb better already has me thinking of dead lifts, push ups and (heavily assisted) pull ups.
I know I wont be an elite climber but I am going to surprise many a front desk guy when I go darting up some of these walls!