It is technically not even summer yet, (June 21 would be the official beginning of summer and the day of the solstice) and I feel like it is just about over. I am back at 100% from my surgery about 8 weeks ago and am trying my best to get back the fitness that I lost due to the recovery process. I have been bolting new lines, mini-tracking routes, hiking mountains and on-sighting new climbs at areas that I have never visited and it’s been really fun!
This week will be no different. I turned 41 today and spent it as every other day of my life. It has been packed with day camp for my oldest boy, getting groceries, riding bikes with my youngest son, cleaning the kitchen, kids doctors visits and surviving the wind storm that is passing through town. This week I will work at the local gym from 5-7am then drop my boys off at day camp, pick up my climbing partner and climb till about 230, then work at the gym till 815pm and got to bed. Wednesday I will bolt new lines till 130 and then climb in the Black Canyon. Thursday I will climb and bolt until 10am, then drive to Ouray and climb till dark and then return Thursday night and take the family camping in Rifle for a few days. No time is left unused and fitness and fun will follow!
I say this because in 2 more weeks I will be visiting family in non climbing territory, giving a slide show in Cleveland in July, heading to Squamish after Cleveland and then Europe after that till the end of the month. I begin teaching at my high school on August 1 and then things are back to normal and summer is over. So back to my title of this post, summer is just about over for me.
I reflect and think back to the days when I lived in my minivan and left town the first day of summer break and returned the first day of school. Life was easier (meaning I had fewer obligations, like none other than the selfish and narcissistic climbing path) and it was good back then as it is good right now with all the kinds of things that I have to get done. Life’s changes over time can not be predicted or anticipated and that makes things fun and at times stressful.
Each of life’s obstacles will be met and a plan will be created to achieve what is desired be that a family or personal goal. That is just how it goes. And now that I have said that I must go and help make my birthday dinner!