Personal Update – June 1, 2012

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June 1, 2012 by Darlene McC

It’s been awhile since I blathered on about myself for far too long, and with the onset of summer I’ve got a few big goals of my own coming up.

First on the big hit list is Hudson Crossing Tri – my first triathalon and it’s very close to my home town.  I’m not gana lie to myself on this – while I know my cardiovascular system can take it I think it’s going to be a challenge to finish.  I’ve had a few injuries this spring and been so focused on work that I haven’t been training quite the way I planned to.  It’s bocu points on my Amazon Challenge list, so I’m going to make it!… but I’m going to need cheerleaders to keep me honest, for sure.

I’m also committed to spend part of my summer Learning Basic French.  I’m using a method published on Lifehacker and so far it’s going well.  A number of my friends are conversational and they’ve been helping with pronunciation reinforcement.  This is another big ticket item on my challenge list; something I’ve wanted since I was in Jr High but always thought was kind of silly and impractical given how few people actually speak French globally.  This idea fits nicely with my realization last summer that not everything I do has to be practical; sometimes it can just be ridiculous and fun.

This past weekend was my first climbing trip of the season and a healthy wake-up call to what 6 months without any climbing does to your skills.  “Rusty” seems to gentle a word… perhaps “rusted through” would be more appropriate?  In good news I took our sweet new hammock for a test drive:

I’d spent the night before out much later than I’d planned (about 5 hours later) and was on my 3rd day of less than 5 hours sleep.  While I had to second our leader to get the pro out I knew I didn’t have a second climb in me without some rest.  Good thing I had this little baby with me – she mad all the difference.

Climbing wise, I’ve committed to myself that it’s time to take on some multi-pitch and learn to LEAD!  I’m learning my basic knots to start with and reading up on anchor building.  Conveniently, I have a reliable trad climber close at hand (who also happens to speak French) to help keep me focused and safe.

Climb on, Amazons!

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