wildeabandon: musical notes on a stave (music)
Apparently it's the time of year for reviving old hobbies. I recently got to the top of the waiting list to join the London Gay Men's Chorus, so I'm going to be starting rehearsals with them in September. I'm a bit nervous about this, because singing in public is scary, but also really excited. I'm switching my piano lessons to singing ones for the time being, which should help with the nerves, and having external things to practice for will hopefully mean that I'm a more assiduous student than the last time.

Yesterday I also went climbing for the first time in years. I used to climb quite a bit when I was a teenager, and then about five years ago I tried going with [personal profile] emperor as a day trip from Ardgour, and found it depressingly difficult. Since then my strength to weight ratio has improved significantly, so last night I had a much easier time hauling myself off the ground. I was still distinctly conscious that the kind of strength you need in order to lift a heavy thing and then lower it five times before putting it down and having a break to recover is quite different from the kind of sustained effort you need to put in climbing a wall. I started with what was probably the easiest route on the wall, and then gradually increased in difficulty until I found a couple of routes that I made it up but just barely, and a couple more that I couldn't manage, but which are now on my target list for next time.

Date: 2017-06-22 10:24 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] sfred
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They both sound like fun.
I, too, climbed a fair amount as a teenager, but I was afflicted with Fear of Death in my late teens and stopped. I'm hoping that once I'm up north I can go occasionally with niecephews.

Date: 2017-06-22 11:54 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] emperor
emperor: Photograph of me climbing. (climbing)
Hurrah, climbing :)

Date: 2017-06-24 05:18 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] blue_mai
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I've never been climbing but I think I'd like to. I'm a bit concerned that I'm not very strong in relation to my weight and I'll be crap to start with, but really it's just a matter of doing it. Where did you go and where would you recommend? Other people I know go to the place in bermondsey.

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