Last night was pretty fun. I got home from work and immediately hit up kung fu where I got a good dosage of sword. At some point as I practiced, the cool factor of “I’m learning how to fight with a sword” kicked in and it felt pretty awesome.
After form work, we had a sparring class which was tough. I got to fight a dude who’s training to be a Navy Seal. Unsurprisingly, Navy Seals really are alarmingly awesome. While there are some who could probably compete with him, I was no challenge.
After Kung Fu, I left and headed to the climbing gym. Upon arriving, I realized that I left all of my equipment at the House of Rock. Instead of calling it quits, I borrowed a harness and figured I’d experiment with shoeless climbing. I started with a 5.8. There were a few moves that hurt the toes, but it wasn’t quite as bad as I had expected. I tried a 5.9+ after that and it was, as expected, more painful than the 8. Though still not unbearable.
Next up was a 5.10 and a 5.11. Interestingly, I fell on the 10 not because of pain but because my feet started sweating and slipped off the holds. I tried to apply some chalk to my feet but still met my match on the 11. I got to the last move which required a serious push off of a thin hold and just found that I could not put the needed force through my foot.
It was a really fun interesting experiment. I’m glad that I gave it a shot, perhaps I’ll do it again.