Archive for October 17th, 2022

A Colorful Day Out

I may have a new climbing partner in my new locale. He was sure interested in learning and trying. We tried a new crag for us both at Bays Mountain Park. The cliffs are small, 25 to 40 tall, but the rock is solid sandstone with a mixture of moderate trad and sport routes. Out of the 15 some odd climbs, we did four before the sprinkling and dim light chased us off. Other than one day at a climbing gym, I had not been climbing for 6 months or regularly for 9+ months.

I thought about what goes first when we don’t keep up a regular climbing schedule. I think I may lose abilities in the following order as time progresses:

Speed goes first, followed by power, then endurance, next strength, and finally coordination.

I think that it is similar in running. I feel certain that research has greatly favored running, but gurus and researchers in both sports can probably provide the reasons why my hypothesis for the progression of deterioration is right, wrong, or some of both. Items like VO2 Max probably play into the first two while lactic acid threshold may curtail the continuance of the next two. Coordination is somehow a muscle memory issue, but what bio-chemical process enables or degenerates that ability? I so wish that someone who has a deeper knowledge of these issues would enlighten me.

That rabbit trail tangent having been run down to a dead-end*, check out the few pictures I took of the proceedings of our outing at A Few Colorful Climbs.

*In my poor knowledge base at least

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Overflows from the Heart

"But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart…" Matthew 15:18


Pointing to the One who made, saved, and sustains