Monday, March 14, 2011

Addendum to the Ass Kicking

I can no longer put it off. And I certainly cant hide from it. Its time for my confessional. My training plan has a glitch. A fairly large one.... So much for being perfect.
Self-portrait, OR wall. 10-sec timers are challenging...

It was brought  my attention by my fabulous Solo teammate that I'd forgotten one key part of my training plan. Or at least it was brought to my attention that I didnt understand what part of my training meant: Rest. Yep. Simple as it seem, apparently I dont know what that means. Sara had to lay it on the line... A rest day does not mean mowing the front and backyard lawns, does not mean digging up a fairly large tree, nor does it mean shoveling all the dirt out of and then back into the compost bin. It doesnt mean a hike with the dog. It also doesnt mean cleaning the house, top-to-bottom and then scrubbing all the moss off the roof. Sigh. I guess I had it wrong.

Apparently, the definition of a rest, courtesy of my preferred internet dictionary means:

1. the refreshing quiet or repose of sleep: a good night's rest.
2. refreshing ease or inactivity after exertion or labor: to allow an hour for rest.
3. relief or freedom, especially from anything that wearies, troubles, or disturbs. (to this i say "Ha! do you live in the modern world with a job and dead turtles in your backyard?")
4. a period or interval of inactivity, repose, solitude, or tranquillity: to go away for a rest.
5. mental or spiritual calm; tranquillity...
7. cessation or absence of motion: to bring a machine to rest....

–verb (used without object)
15. to refresh oneself, as by sleeping, lying down, or relaxing. (sorry, i dont think i know what this means? in english, please?
16. to relieve weariness by cessation of exertion or labor.
17. to be at ease; have tranquillity or peace...
19. to be quiet or still. (again, je ne comprende pas?)
20. to cease from motion, come to rest; stop.
21. to become or remain inactive....(what?!?!)"

Well. Isnt that interesting? There are a few additional definitions that I did not include, but I think these cover it sufficiently. And blatantly expose my lack of understanding of this simple word and the activity that is supposed to go along with it.

It turns out, my biggest challenge in all of this isn't going to be the bouldering sessions, marathon 20+ lap-to-failure gym sessions, conquering of fear from exposure, longer runs, meditative yoga hours... its the rest that will be the most difficult thing for me to succeed at. I have an old, 1916 house; I have a high-energy dog; I have a job and volunteer obligations; I have friendships to maintain, I have loneliness to battle, I have energy to burn and "shoulds, coulds and woulds" to say no to. What I dont have - or dont allow myself - are times to truly rest. Prepare for the breakdown because this is going to be my true test of mental and physical strength - to resist continuous movement. Give me 50 push-ups! Not an afternoon to fill with..... quiet.

And so I'm revising the plan. Here it is, with revisions. Phew. Am I being a wuss? Or am I finally, as my dear friend Sally would say, "pushing it up" (in lieu of sacking up) and taking on the true challenge?

Now, who wants to join me for few hours of bouldering OR a rest session??

PS - As you can see in the photo, I've been wearing a pair of hand-me-down-lite Evolv XY custom's that I got from Sara. I never thought I'd go back to more "aggressive", velcro shoes - it turns out I have dainty feet with bunionettes... but I'm in love.  Built on the Elektra womens-specific platform, they've got good grip for pulling and toeing in, are comfortable enough to get through a session of 4x4's without agony, and easy off for a break to do crunches and pull-ups. Every shoe has a different last, but when it comes to performance, if these fit your foot, I highly recommend them. 


  1. I'll join you for either! It might have to wait until I get back from Indian Creek rhough...

    (and, scheduling Squamish for April before seeing the weather forecast? now that's optimism, I like it :))

  2. Laurel - let me know when you want to join me! So excited for you to hit up Indian Creek and cant wait to hear how the trip goes.

    I'm always optimistic.... kind of goes hand-in-hand with my assumption that I can get everything done all at once - right now- with no rest. :) Plus I've already started my Bring-on-the-sun dance in hopes of appeasing the weather gods.

  3. What a great entry with perfect timing! I've been off and on sick for a week, the weather has been fickle and most everybody I know is at Indian Creek, Red Rocks, Heuco Tanks, Tahoe, Chamonix... around the globe kicking ass. And then me. Here. I've tried to keep things up by running, gym climbing and scheming, but today it's kind of quiet. And mentally treacherous!

    Thanks for your post. I look forward to reading more.

  4. Oh, how your Calendar of Good Pain makes me feel soft, lazy and stressed ...