Yesterday I climbed for the first time since I sprained my shoulder. Talk about a great
feeling. I was nervous because not only was it my first test to see that my shoulder actually healed enough, but also it was one of those weird climbing dates.
I had met the guy last week at a Halloween party. I had gone as a skeleton, so he saw my face, but not really, and so I was all nervous that he wouldn’t like my face. I have a fairly standard face.
First climb of the day was a 5.8 and it felt like a piece of cake. It was a bit soft for an 8, but I was surprised. My shoulder worked!! After a couple routes on TR we did a little lead climbing. Since I was climbing 5.8s and 5.9s I felt pretty good. But there was this 10 that looked so fun. Unfortunately I have become weak as hell and couldn’t clip a draw under an overhang. The worst part is I was a huge baby about it. I tried a few times, but I just wasn’t strong enough, and I knew I had to fall, but I freaked out a bit first. I wasn’t even that far past my last draw but I hadn’t fallen in forever! Naturally, I fell and it was fine. But then for my next climb I had terrible lead head. I pulled through, not because I wanted to, but because I had to make this guy believe I wasn’t a complete baby.
Needless to say, I don’t think the date part went well, but at least I’m climbing again. I missed it too much. Even inside it felt fantastic. So now I’m back in all my sports! I have gone to jujitsu a couple times, and I ran a mile a few days ago. Shoulder is definitely still super sensitive, but its a good start!