Oh. My. Gosh. I have missed this feeling so much. In fact, I see now that I took it for granted. But, not anymore! I am talking about the way your body feels after you have spent the day rock, or, as my case may be, ice climbing! Oh, sweet, sweet, arm and whole body fatigue, how I have missed you!
Since my injury August 17, 2011, I haven’t been able to rock climb, or really do much of anything. It has been really hard for me. As much as I strive to be happy and positive, I have at times felt not in-control of my life, and like I have been living someone else’s life. But today, I really felt like me again.
I went to Peabody’s Ice Climbing Club, local man-made ice towers in Michigan. I figured since mountaineering boots offer very little ankle flex, I could probably pull it off. I did…kind-of. At first it was hard for me, I have lost all my strength and technique living like a hermit for more than 4 months, but by my 3rd climb, I made it to the top! And now my arms and body have that feeling of being used and it’s awesome.
Have you ever been on forced down-time from the activity/hobby you love? What was it like for you? How did you cope?