Place #48: The Rock Oasis

I had a bit of an unexpected weekend; my family had been planning on driving to Ottawa for the weekend but cancelled last minute due to the bad weather. I had taken the Friday off, so I suddenly had a 3 day weekend in front of me. I ended up buying Christmas gifts and doing some errands (including buying groceries since I didn’t have any food).

It gave me a chance to bake for the connect group which I’ve been attending for the past few months. I had talked about baking something for them for a while, and figured I’d better get around to it because the end of the group was just around the corner. I made snickerdoodle cookies, one of my favourites. We usually get an email each week to remind us that the group is meeting, and a few hours ahead of time I hadn’t heard from them. Better safe than sorry, I messaged them if connect group was still meeting this evening. The answer was no. I was a little sad because I had gone through the effort to bake for them, but it’s their loss. They bumped the meeting by one week, and it was going to be the last meeting. Unfortunately I already had plans so wasn’t able to attend.

So with suddenly another free evening in front of me, I decided to go to a rock climbing gym.

Place #48: The Rock Oasis, 388 Carlaw Ave #204, Toronto, ON M4M 2T4, Canada

I’ve been meaning to get back into rock climbing for a long time. I really enjoy it and it’s probably one of the more enjoyable forms of working out. But laziness, the distance, and the cost (in that order) kept me from going. I also knew that if I went alone, I’d be limited to the auto belays, which isn’t quite as fun, I guess. It’s nice to have a climbing partner.

But with this evening looming in front of me, I decided just to go for it. And I’m glad I did. They have 8 auto belays with three routes each, so there was a variety of routes I could do by myself. It was really good to climb again, but it had obviously been a while. My arms were sore before long and after each go I had to wait longer and longer between gos as I became less confident in the strength I had left in my arms. I wish I could have stayed longer because it cost me almost $30, but my arms just couldn’t handle any more.

Perhaps the most surprising thing was that the next day, I had no noticeable pain in my arms and shoulders. I had anticipated being very sore since I haven’t pushed my arms in months. But I’m not complaining!

I’m fairly busy the rest of the year, but I’m hoping in the new year to go on a semi-regular basis.

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