Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Taking a brake already!?!

The recovery to a step back last night.
It was curry club last night so I decided to go join the gang. An army of 10 of us went to Memsahib for a feast of Indian food. I started the meal with a portion of onion barjis. it was fucking awesome
For my main I had a Chicken Palak. This is my favourite curry I have tried so far. Basically it is chicken(or lamb) and spinach. They are quite good at making this dish at Memsahib. The flavours are so strong it just hits your senses immediately. (Okay I am starting to feel hungry must stop for I start drooling).
I finished before everyone else so I had a laugh chatting to people. I was taunting Chris about not eating his chilli then he said the one thing I did not want him to say: "Okay why don't you have it then". Anyone who knows me well knows I like a challenge and I like hot food. So I took the challenge and I went for it.
I took a huge bite out of the chilli my senses started to tingle again. The flavour was great a little bit spicy but a well cooked chilli all the same. I continued to chew the chilli thinking its getting a bit hotter and carried on chewing my sense now started to feel they were going into overdrive. I swallowed the chilli washed down with a mouthful of water. At this point I thought the heat would end.
I was wrong.
To my surprise I started to feel hotter and my tongue began to burn. I drank more water. Within seconds me tongue had gone numb my mouth was watering my face a shade of pink and my cheeks red. It was a sensation I had not experience in a while. The table laughed. One person asked "I hope you got paid about a tenner for that" I feebly responded "no ..."
A video will hopefully follow of me eating the chilli for you amusement.
Before you ask I loved every minute of it :D
So now back to the training tomorrow.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

A New Beginning

After a lay off from climbing I am starting a new blog.
For those who were not aware I had a break from climbing due to an injury from playing football. I successfully managed to get a rugby injury from football??? I ended up with a cuff tear in my shoulder with some ligament and tendon damage. So I have been unable to do any form of exercise. I played on for 30 minutes with no treatment or stopping the game and people call football players pussies.
I am now a weak fat git again!!

However its not all bad news, after my lay off I am climbing again! :D
I went to Stanage high neb last Saturday where I soloed a VD, a severe and a HS my shoulder was hurting after this session so I had a few days off.
I got a few good photos on Saturday there is one at the top and here is another:
The conditions are absolutely perfect for grit and photos. The sun was out but the temperatures were cold. it was amazing a great day to get out of bed with my hangover.

On wednesday this week I decided to try a wall session. I got to the wall and was warming up on the bouldering wall. I did a few easy problems and felt ok so I decided to try the yellow circuit. I fell off on the last move and this was only because I could not fell my fingers. I was pretty happy and confident that my shoulder could take a climbing session so I did a few more problems. When a few more HUMS Members turned up I decided to hit the top ropes.
First I did a 6a slab ran up it no problem at all.
Then my mate Tom pointed me to a new route this was a vertical wall no grade given at the moment. It looked about 6b from the ground. I was not sure that I wanted to push my self so hard yet so I thought about it then I went for it.
The route starts with a couple of crimps for your hands and smears for your feet. After you get past the first 3/4 meters of technical climbing you get a semi rest and some easier climbing for 2 meters.
Then comes what I thought was the crux starting from an undercut you have a big move to a reasonable size crimp then you have to get your feet very high on smears. This is low percentage and you really have to trust you feet. Its a big to a big move to a good hold.
Following this you have 2 meters of easier climbing till a tough top move. It felt 6b+ to me so taking into account my current lack of climbing and strength its probably a technical 6b. Nice route.
I did this with one fall at the crux I was very happy with my climb. More importantly I cam off the climb unscathed so I kept climbing.
I also did a 6a+ clean after one fall and being lowered off and I ran up a 6b through the roof.
I was pretty knackered after the 6b so I sat around watching people bouldering for a while till it got to pub o'clock. The real test for my shoulder was the next day. On thursday it felt fine this was a real bonus it ached a bit but no sharp pains.

Today I did a core session for the first time I also went for a very short run. So now the recovery starts.