After riding in the rain and mud, I was ready to commit myself to some serious riding!
This weekend I was supposed to be doing a killer race, The Monster Bash.
Much to my dismay, my body decided against said plans. My knee
got very angry at my incessant running and screamed for a break. After not being able to walk after a 4 mile run....I decided a hiatus from running was in order.
Being someone that CRAVES
active adventures and the outdoors, I needed a backup plan, STAT! And then I found it: Mountain/Trail Riding!
That's right, I got a killer mountain trail bike and I couldn't be happier. Today, I took her out for a nice ride around Lake Jesup Wildnerness Area Mountain Bike Trails! SO MUCH FUN. After the first fast turn around a corner and I fell flat into a tree, I was hooked. A sport where falling, getting covered in mud and going fast had my name written ALL over it!
This was one the many parts of the trail where I fell, giggled and felt the breeze across my face. (Well..that was before I fell)
One of the pretty views along our ride. Take a peak at Lake Jesup!
I had to stop for a photo or else I'd be in the lake!
7.5 miles of mud, views, and just plain fun, I couldn't believe it took me this long to rediscover biking. There is just something invigorating about indulging in your childhood when you're on bike. Sigh!
And to think, if I didn't injure myself, I wouldn't have found my 2 wheeled friend. I can't wait for the future rides (and falls) throughout the woods and trails!
EEEEEEEEEEEE! Here's to adventures!
Have you stumbled upon something you loved unknowingly?
Here I am enjoying the beautiful view!
Just this past weekend I had an incredible time at Foster Falls, TN.
A weekend of climbing, hiking, swimming and camping was just what I needed. And now that I'm back, I'm even more motivated
to train and plan for another climbing trip.At that notion, I wondered "Where should I go next?" Well, knowing that I'd LOVE a review of numerous climbing spots I realized I forgot something: writing my own review of Foster Falls. And so, that's just what I shall do. Planning an outdoor Sport Climbing trip?
Thinking about Foster Falls? Well, look no further than my Foster Falls Review! Teeny's Foster Falls Climbing Spot Review
As far as a great overall climbing spot, Foster Falls is the tops. With a great waterfall to lounge in, trees everywhere, I can't help but gush about Foster's greatness! Despite it's sheer beauty, we all know the most important thing we need to know about: THE CLIMBING!!!!!!!!
This is one of the tallest climbs with the greatest view!
Let me say, from green to the advanced, there are a plethora of routes to fit any climber's needs. With a couple easy routes (5.5-5.7) and a handful of mid range (5.8-5.9) and advanced routes (5.10-5.14!), there literally is something for everyone. The kicker: you must know how to lead/set a route or have a friend that's willing to set them for you. At Fosters there is no way to Top Rope a route with out Leading it first. Therefore as a fairly newer climber, one must have someone Lead Certified or willing to set routes for you. Personally, I have my super climber friends that love to lead set the difficult routes I'm too timid to lead. (For some reason I'm still not a fan of leading routes that hang over cliff) The only warning I have to climbers: be prepared to hike. With most routes a minimum of a 25 minute hike away, have your cardio, snacks, water and gear ready for the adventure. By the time you get to your desired route (my favorite is still Jacob's Ladder), you will be fatigued.
Here I am Climbing the classic "Bear Mountain Picnic!"
Overall, Foster Falls is a picturesque spot for climbers. The area offers variety, beautiful views and too much fun. Remember, come equipped with lots of water, snacks and the ability to lead or someone willing to lead routes for you. With these things in tow, you are ready for the climbing trip of a lifetime. Having gone twice I can easily say, Foster Falls is a rocking climbing area! (GET IT? I'm a nerd)
From one dirt bag climber to another....GET ON IT AND PLAN YOUR NEXT TRIP! Looking towards the Southeast area? Head on over to Foster Falls!
Where are you favorite climbing spots?
The beautiful view of Foster Falls from the lookout point!
Here I am leading a lovely little route.
My lovely readers I
'm terribly sorry for the great delay in posts BUT I have a very good excuse. Instead of playing indoors I opted for an outdoor excursion to Foster Falls, TN.
That's right. I couldn't answer your calls because I was climbing walls, jumping in falls, hiking the trails and having a hint of too much fun.The coolest thing is I set a new personal goal: I climbed an outdoor 10 b! What, WHAT?!?!?!?!?!For anyone unaware of the outdoor lingo, basically, I climbed at my peak ability outdoors! And I did more leading than I expected myself to! Huzzah. Take a gander if you will....
Here I am jumping my way up the mountain to the next clip.....
Gearing up for my next climb...mildly nervous!
Tackling the wall, sun and having fun! Even though the route is called Bear Mountain Picnic, I see no spot for said picnic.
I'm coming for you Viet......slow and steady!
I always love the nice rise down...and of course the pretty view!
Right before my 100 plus foot climb! Yeah!
All right..I'm ready to go Jim!
And I'm off!
Fast forward to not even halfway up! My favorite climb of the trip!
View atop of the mountains. Beautiful.
After numerous climbs of joy, it's always great to take a step back and enjoy the view. My muscles are sore, I'm bruised and I can't stop smiling.
Another successful adventure and I can't wait for the next one. Months ago I was feeling lazy towards climbing. Now, I'm rearing and ready for another. Rumor has it there's another one on the horizon.
I love the breath of life a trip in the mountains gives my inner hippie heart. Sigh of smiles.
How do you feel after an adventure?
Ready for some more climbing this weekend!
Just the other week I wrote about taking a break
with running. (It's not you running, it me. My knees can't take your power and strength. We can be friends?) Never one to go "Whoa is me, life it hard. WAH WAH WAH!?" I made a nice little contingency plan. HUZZAH, take that injuries.
I know you all must be wondering, whatever did a defenseless Teeny
do? Well, my lovely readers, I visited my local cycle-ria and bought a bike! That's right I am now the proud mother of a beautiful black and purple mountain bike. (And a nice helmet. I KNOW I'm clumsy)
So this weekend I took my pretty new friend for a joy ride. 7.5 miles in, I was hooked.
The breeze, scenery and crisp air was just divine. And the best thing: LOW IMACT CARDIO. And then it hit me: wait it gets better. You have new adventures on the horizon!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Look at my pretty Specialized Mountain Bike.
Not only do I have a new bike to take off roading with my friends but ......I'M GOING ON A CLIMBING TRIP IN 4 DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(In case you can't tell I'm mildly to moderately excited)So I have 2 things to look forward to:
1. Bukoos of Future Adventures with my new bike
2. A glorious climbing trip in Foster Falls, TN
I love having active adventures to look forward to. And just to ensure I'm in tip top shape/health for both I took the advice of my Papa Perez AND took Sunday off from any physical activity.
There's nothing like having a new bike for many adventures and a trip right around the river bend. Thanks life!What adventures do you have on the horizon?
I'll need to take a break from glorious runs....
It's been far too long my fellow Trackers of Teeny.
Much to my dismay, my body decided something for me: NO MORE RUNNING.
Last week I completed a joyous 4 mile run. My knee then showed me how it felt about such activity with spasms of pain and tenderness. FINE BODY, I'll listen to you and your silly demands.To say I wasn't disappointed is a gross understatement. I love running and the way it calms my mind and focuses my energy. Despite this minor setback, I refuse to let this derail me from my active goals.First things first, I took a nice exercise break, advised by my Dad.
After a good rest, I indulged in some lovely Yoga Sessions
and walks but something was missing. And then I realized, I needed some new cardio to spice it up.
My road to recovery....
Let's all cheer for new cardio!!!!
Teeny's Entrance to Low Impact Cardio-I purchased a Bike. (That's right, I bought a brand new guy to take me out on the road)-Attended Power and Hot Yoga-
A date with the lakeI'm really excited about
the new possibilities in cardio (and picking up my new bike on Saturday!) Though I can't run for a while, it will be nice to discover my new workarounds!How do you keep active without running?
I'm so ready for climb time!
(That's a squeal of excitement) Today, I feel great. Could it be due to the fact I climbed my FACE off this past weekend and engaged in a glorious Yoga Session on Monday?
It feels great to be back into the climbing swing of things. Huzzah! And, I'm going to enjoy the week rounded out with....wait for it.......more CLIMBING!
I know it's not your idea of a typical week but it's mine! Besides, I need to be in tip top shape for my trip to Foster Falls
in 2 weeks! Yeah! (Can you tell I'm excited due to the excess of exclamation points?)
There's something about setting a tangible goal (Climbing a 5.10 at Foster Falls), working towards it (climbing 3 days a week) and achieving it (Obviously crushing a 5.10 at Foster Falls) that's soooooo rewarding. This week I URGE you to:
-Set a goal for yourself (It helps to sign up for something: a race, trip or grab a partner)
-Make a plan
-Enjoy your sweet victory
Have a great Tuesday, fill it with fun and PICK THAT GOAL! I know I'll relish training towards mine. What goal are you setting and training for?? (Writing about it makes you accountable!)
Are you ready for the Monster Bash Dash?
Just the other day, I was writing
about being bored with my workout routine. Never one to take boredom likely, I swiftly came up with a new way to spice
it up. Still, I was left wanting more. Sigh, if only there was some race to look forward to.
And then, it hit me: MONSTER DASH!This epic excursion will bring the needed adventure and push I need to train. In less than a month, Zombies and Monsters will be chasing me through the woods, ready to attack an unsuspecting Teeny. This just might be the motivation I need to increase my speed, eh? To make it even better, the race director just released the Monster Map below! Take
How can you read this and not INSTANTLY become excited. Crawler Zombies and a Blood Balloon Toss? GET OUTTA HERE MONSTER DASH!!!!!Still on the fence? The Monster Dash Includes:
-Evening and Night 5k-Spooky Surprise Challenges-Monsters that chase you-Special Finisher
T-Shirts-Monster Party-Face and Body Painting-Finisher Medals that GLOW IN THE DARK! On May 26th, you know where I'm going to be. Ready to prove your strength? Join by following this link. Need more of an incentive? Use the promo code CPUCF for 15% off!!!!!! When are you going to sign up???
I'm jumping into some more adventures...
My lovely readers, I apologize for my absence. Believe it or not, I've been a VERY busy adventurer
this past week. This past week consisted of:-Multiple run on new routes-Yoga training-Beach excursion
s-Climbing Days-Biking (Adding that variety)And the kicker: I'm going to start teaching Yoga classes! Crazy, right? What can I say, I like to try new things, remember? So from looking up classes to take, forming my class structures and more, I've been a very busy girl. Yup, the girl who couldn't sit still through a Yoga class will now be teaching it.
I'm pretty excited about this adventure.
In the meantime, I have some training to do. You see, I have ANOTHER adventure to look forward to: Foster Falls, TN. In 3 weeks I will be climbing mountains and camping! YEAH! Obviously, these next 3 weeks will mean I hit it into high gear.Foster Falls Training-Climb 3 days a week-Attend at LEAST one Yoga class a week (I don't think this will be an issue)-
Soak the aching muscles-Take a rest day-Complete 3 days of low impact cardio to keep my
endurance upWith a climbing trip on the books and teaching Yoga classes on the horizon, I'm pretty giggly with glee at the new possibilities. Now, I'm off to attend a rooftop yoga class! YEAH! And soon, I'll be teaching them! What type of exercises take up your time?
(I'm always looking for more!)