This past weekend was a weekend of FIRSTS.
First hit & run in a parking lot.
I’m sad to say that this is not my first hit & run in general, but it is my first in a parking lot. Fortunately most of this was able to buff out, but somewhere out there someone has some bad karma coming their way. Boooo on you!
First time indoor rock climbing.
A new rock climbing gym, Central Rock Gym, recently opened in my neighborhood. To entice the neighbors to come check the place out, we were sent a flyer that had an invite to come to a free belay class with gear and also receive a free day pass to climb on our own. The BF and I decided why the heck not and hustled over on Saturday.
I don’t want to do a full review of my experience or the gym just quite yet, but I can say that so far…I LOVE IT!
I discovered that I’m pretty hand when it comes to knots and technical instructions. I’ve always been pretty handy and able to put things together and that translated well into picking up the knots and safety precautions quickly.
During our belay class we were split into two groups. I have a tendency to be a little bossy (surprise!) so the BF and I split up to learn on our own. We learned how to do the basics and then it was time to climb. I was the first one to go! I was so nervous climbing up the wall. I made it about 5 feet and started to just freak out. I have never been scared of heights, but I’ve also ever been hanging to the side of a rock structure with just my hands. Part of the class was to learn how to fall back. Once I did that for the first time and realized that I wasn’t going to fall to my death, my anxiety subsided for a bit.
By the 3rd or 4th climb up the wall my hands were ON FIRE. Seriously. Brutal!
Once the class was over it was our turn to explore the gym on our own and do our own climbing. We decided to check out the bouldering wall, which is basically climbing on a shorter wall without ropes. It is seriously hardcore.
Once the BF had tried his luck at the wall and actually made it to the top and OVER the wall, I decided to give it a try. I gave him my phone and told him to take a pic.
Seriously?! I’m not even off the mat! This was not staged. I was actually in this exact position for what felt like 10 minutes. I couldn’t figure out where to put my hand next. I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw this photo. First, not my best angle since he was on the floor and I was up on this mat thingy. Second, you can clearly see that I’m not getting very far.
Once I got over my fear of no ropes, I gave it a real try and up a decent part of the wall.
I didn’t make it over the top though! A new goal for next time! I am definitely going back and it will be soon. The BF was a natural at the climbing and I’m excited for us to give it another try together. A more in depth review of the gym coming soon!
First time taking the BF to Newport.
We decided to go as a last minute road trip and our first stop was at The Breakers, which is a Vanderbilt mansion. They offer an audio tour of the magnificent house that I absolutely love. I’ve been a few times but I always hear something new on the tour.
This was the summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt. I’ve decided that I totally need a summer home.
It was a little overcast, but still a lovely day for checking out the grounds overlooking the ocean.
I also allowed the BF to convince me that riding bikes around town would be a good idea. At first, I was a little cranky. I don’t like to sweat in my good clothes and riding in traffic is not my good time. I eventually got the hang of it though and managed to have a good time!
Because we had the bikes we were able to get around quickly and get places that were a little more difficult to find parking, including a dive bar/restaurant that I had heard good things about.
Pour Judgement. Heh. I love it. Clever names on restaurants make me smile. The food was fantastic! Definitely a recommend.
Slight random photo moment…this is one of my favorite pictures from Newport. I took it about 6 years ago and still love it!
First time protesting a home workout.
Typically Korky just humps his stuffed animals all around the living room while I do my home workout thing. This time I left the room to get a water and came back to this. He had ENOUGH of being ignored and this certainly got my attention. Cute little mutt.
I hope you all had a good weekend! I started the week out with some serious hot power yoga yesterday and tonight is the start of Week 2 for Ultimate Bootcamp. Yesss! I’m ready! This is the week I reach 50. I can just feel it!