As most of my readers have already seen on Facebook by now, it happened! I managed to “send” my 5.12a benchmark climb, “Flat Earth” on Sunday. I’m officially 32 weeks pregnant and 20 pounds heavier than my usual 100 pounds. Sunday began a little cool and breezy, but turned out to be perfect. I had an awesome group of friends, my daughter and husband all cheering me on. I managed to “send” on my third try, which was good because I get tired pretty quickly these days. Most importantly, I feel great after climbing it- no pain, no soreness. I never would have thought I’d be able to climb this hard when I can hardly put my shoes on or get up off the floor!
I wish I had climbed harder and lifted weights more when I was pregnant the first time around. I really think it’s helped me keep my weight in check and if my labor turns out to be easier, I’m going to be shouting from the rooftops about the benefits of exercise while pregnant! Now, I wonder what I’ll be able to climb at 9 months pregnant.