my body hurts. ALL OVER. i can't move my arms without wincing and i can't feel my toes. my toenail broke and my toe bled. i tore some skin off my right knuckle and it bled. and it feels GREAT =) i am not being sadomasochist or anything ( i rarely am, but on the ocassions i do..heh.)
ever since i bought my shoes on friday i have been feeling the urge to climb. to boulder. ANYTHING. to whack the new shoes only. yappie was right. owning your own gear is so much different from renting gear from the climbing gym. you're more motivated to climb. you spend RM325 on a pair of shoes and you don't use them, now that's a waste. but some of them stop climbing after buying their shoes. hopefully i won't end up like that. it hasn't been that long since i took up climbing, not as long as some of my friends, at least. it has always been an off and on thing, until recently, when i started going to summit almost every week. it's fun. it's challenging, it hurts like hell, but its worth it. the sense of self-satisfaction after cleaning a route. i am beginning to welcome the pain. i am ENJOYING the pain. because feeling the pain is good. because feeling the pain means you have achieved something. you know you've pushed yourself as far as you can go, and that is always a good thing. don't complete a route, its okay. it took me a great many tries and many many falls (in 2 days, to boot) onto the mat to finish what is one of the easier (overhang) routes in the gym. but its alright. cause it was my first overhang route that i completed. my arms ache. my feet are still throbbing from wearing shoes that are two sizes smaller than my usual shoe size.
but you know what? it's worth it. i never thought i'd take up rock climbing, but looking back, i have no regrets. it's an excellent avenue to meet new friends. its great work out (for lazy people like me who go to work and have no time to do any other sport..maybe the ocassional tennis or swimming). its good quality time spent with friends. and it pushes you to do harder, to try harder and not to worry to take a fall. because you know you can always stand up again, and try again. fall again? try again. push yourself harder. to focus, concentrate and keep your eyes on the target. and reach the top. and then you have every right to say proudly, "i have done it".
and i am not just talking about climbing.