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Pitiful

Sara Lingafelter
Sara Lingafelter
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I’ve been told that it’s pitiful how infrequently I’m blogging right now… so here’s a quick update.

I haven’t blogged about Nepal more because I just, honestly, don’t know what to say. Someday, I’ll get around to “tactical” posts… where we stayed, what we ate, who we met, where we went, how we got there. But so far, I haven’t been super inspired to write those. I usually write about climbing, here — obviously — and since I didn’t actually climb in Nepal, there’s nothing to say about climbing there. Instead, the trip, for me, was about things that I don’t care to write about here — and, frankly, which wouldn’t be of interest to people reading a blog about rock climbing. As a result, I’m writing… but not here. Just for me, for once. Hopefully someday I’ll have time to sit down and write those tactical posts… but not yet.

I also haven’t been climbing as much as usual… I started a fantastic new job a few weeks ago, and have been full steam ahead on those commitments to get off to as good a start as possible. The upside: I am having a blast, and I am completely excited to go to work every single day. The downside: it’s going to take me awhile to figure out a schedule that will let me train and climb as much as I want to, while still performing my job.

On the other hand, I got into the gym for only the second time since Thanksgiving on Friday… and I feel like I’ve turned a corner as a climber. Now… celebrating my fifth year of climbing, I seem to be able to take breaks without taking as many steps backward as I used to. When I return to the gym after a few weeks off now, I can tell that I’ve lost some endurance — but I can climb at my typical training level without overdoing it. I’m pretty comfortable with being a moderate climber in terms of difficulty — I’m just so happy to get to climb, that I’m also happy to not push difficulty too hard right now.

I had a great session down at Edgeworks in Tacoma today… my goal was to boulder until I couldn’t boulder any more, and I did just that. I’m super tired… big muscle fatigue… which feels completely awesome. The vibe at Edgeworks was fantastic… very friendly people, great routesetting, and holds that were new to me, so the field trip was well worth it.

Otherwise, I’ve mixed in an irregular yoga practice at Samudra Yoga and Dharma Yoga here in Bremerton… I go when I can, which means I’ve been twice in about a month. The yoga just FEELS good… it feels good for my body, and it feels good for the rest of me, too. Being in a space with a singing bowl, and the word “Namaste,” and breathing, is about the closest I can get to Nepal without packing my passport. Yoga is bringing up all sorts of wacky feelings and emotions for me… it’s not easy, but it feels valuable to me both as a climber, and for me outside of climbing.

So, that’s the pitiful update. I’m — for the first time in years — considering not taking a trip in December, and instead staying home to deal with some “real life” stuff that has to get … well … dealt with. I’m not terribly good at passing on climbing invitations, though, and I have a few possibilities, so we’ll see.

How about you? What’s going on in your non-pitiful climbing life? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

Sara Lingafelter

Sara (Grace) Lingafelter takes steps forward and backward toward a right-sized life on a daily basis.