By Jaime Rice
This past weekend one of my best friends, Annie, came to town for a much needed girl’s weekend. I had the weekend all planned out including a trip to the gym to get in a good training session. As I was planning a fun partner workout, my friend suggested we go indoor rock climbing instead of the gym.
At first I was skeptical, like seriously skip the gym? But Saturday was my accessory work day (thinking this in my head). Then I realized that indoor rock climbing could be really fun, plus it is something I have never done and my friend could show me the ropes.
With our plans in place we were off to Climb Nashville! Once we arrived and checked in, I had to go through a brief orientation because this was my first time and Annie had been several times before. I hooked up for my first climb and did I forget to mention I don’t like heights?! So as I climb up I make the mistake of looking down and almost freak out. I decided I climbed high enough and let myself back down on the automated belay rope. Once I am back on the ground I look to up to see how high I actually climbed, sure it was close to 30 feet, but sadly it was more like 10 feet. Annie proceeded to show me up for the next few climbs until I decided to woman up and get over my fear of heights. Once I was comfortable with the auto belay system (the rope will catch you as you let go) I was able to climb more freely and trust my grip and newly found skills.
We spent a good 3 hours climbing! Time flew by and we both got one heck of a workout, cardio and strength training. I loved every minute of it and cannot wait to go climb again.
Sometimes we become way too comfortable in our routines and forget there are new and different experiences that can challenge you. I needed to get out of the gym and be reminded that it is ok to miss a scheduled training session to try something fun and exciting, especially if its physically challenging. Now I have a new found appreciation for rock climbing and will definitely try to incorporate it into my life to help break up the routine. I highly recommend getting out of your comfort zone and trying something that you never thought you would/could do or like. You never know, you may just like it!