Healthy and Sane

Just let yourself fall

March 29th, 2011 · 16 Comments · Uncategorized

This past weekend was super busy. Between rock climbing, shopping, hanging out with my sister and parents, going dancing with my friends and attending a fashion show – there was little room for down time, and well – cooking. But rock climbing was actually on 2011 resolutions list under “try something new” so it was very important that I made time for it. [Btw, I should really revisit that list because I’ve been a slacker.]

My friend Judith and I purchased groupons for 1-month unlimited membership to Metro Rock a whole back and this past weekend we finally attended the intro class. SO glad my chiro gave me the ok to do it!!

The place was INTENSE. There were so many different walls to climb and so many people everywhere – some beginners and some really amazing athletes. It was such a fun atmosphere.


… But I was nervous. You see I have this mild fear of heights that comes out of no where. I thought being attached to the rope would keep my nerves at bay, and for the most part it did.


The instructor actually used me as an example. I had a hard time climbing far… and then I was too afraid to let go when she told me to just “fall.” I was 2 feet off the ground but I still gripped to those rocks like my life depended on me. Such a baby Winking smile

Eventually I let go and realized it wasn’t scary at all. You have to trust your belayer. Yes. And remember that you can’t control it all. Quite the metaphor for life, huh?

Judith and I are going back next weekend to solidify what we learned. I used too much arm strength to pull myself up (which was hard and I didn’t get very far) so next time I’m going to try using my legs. So happy my back is feeling better so I can get back to the swing of things!

Have you ever tried something that scared you a little? Ever been rock climbing?

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16 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Kelly

    I have tried rock climbing. I only went once and I’ve been wishing that I tried it again. It was definitely a challenge (I’m also afraid of heights) but I loved it. It was a great full body workout. I definitely felt sore afterwards in places I didn’t even know were muscles.

    • #2 - Elina

      Hehe, I wasn’t sore because I only climbed twice… and not very far. I bet next week will be different if I don’t get frustrated and give up. I think it’s important to go back a few times after you learn so that your brain (and muscles) really remember everything you’ve learned.

  • #3 - Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    I’m scared of heights too, which is why I have never tried rock climbing :) But, last year I went parasailing and absolutely LOVED it!

  • #5 - Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    Rock climbing is fun! But I had to stop because sometimes I’d jump down hard which is not good for my running legs. Also, my hands just could NOT slip onto some of those stupid rocks! My hands were fast becoming man hands…

    • #6 - Elina

      Haha, I was definitely over-gripping too. I think the key is to use your legs. We’ll see if I still say that after trying it again 😉

  • #7 - MelissaNibbles

    I’ve always wanted to do that!

  • #10 - KellyB

    I love rock climbing, in fact going to tonight on a date with my husband. I go to the gym Woburn. I’ll have to check out the one in Everett sometime.

  • #11 - Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    I’ve been wanting to try rock climbing for a while! It looks like a really fun way to get some exercise in. Glad you were able to enjoy it after a bit!

  • #12 - Michelle

    This looks like so much fun! I was slightly afraid to go zipling but once I did it, it was SO much fun!

  • #13 - Katie @ The Aspiring RD

    This look so fun – would love to try! (and I’m sure i have a husband at home that would be all for it!)

  • #14 - Kerstin

    How fun! I’m afraid of heights too but this seems like a blast and a nice workout! Super cute pic too :)

  • #15 - Lee

    I went rock climbing on a cruise ship a couple years ago. I thought it would be easy to get to the top. It wasn’t. I think I got about half way up and stopped.

  • #16 - Shannon

    i need to try this :)