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Climbing (Or Not) In the Time Of COVID-19

Well, this is a hell of a time to be alive.

I’m diverging from my usual posts this week to discuss what’s been going on with me for the past week. And what I’m doing now since I’m partaking in social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To say these past days at work have been crazy is an understatement. The owners and managers at Summit Climbing, Yoga, Fitness have been cautious and diligent with handling COVID-19 concerns regarding the gyms. I give many thanks for their decisions, but it’s been weird.

There are steps we implemented company-wide in many areas of the gym operations. We’ve ramped up the cleaning duties at each location for everyone’s safety. Posters were put up to remind everyone to wash their hands before and after climbing. Members were noticing our work and thanked us for stepping up in helping combat the disease. It made me feel good hearing our work was making an impact.

Another step taken is postponing gym events for the rest of March. That change directly affects me because that’s half of my job. Both of my scheduled events at Summit Norman and OKC were canceled. So, that meant I didn’t have anything to plan in the immediate future, which was bizarre to comprehend. I decided to focus on social media since that was becoming more urgent at work.

Then it happened. Sunday night, we get a message on our work social media platform, and an email stating, in short, because of COVID-19 concerns Summit is suspending gym operations starting Monday, March 16th until the end of the month.

The news was a bit of a shock. I understand why Summit is doing it. It’s to protect our staff and customers from potentially getting sick. Plus, they’re complying with CDC regulations and being safe. But it still feels unexpected, and now I’m off work until the beginning of April (I hope).

However, we’ll see if April 1st is my first day back to work or if Summit extends the suspension instead.

What Now?

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So…. That’s what’s going on with me. My brain is taking its time to understand the news and what it means. But I’ll be ok. I haven’t had this big of a disruption in my routine since I quit my previous job. So, that’s taking some time to get used to now.

In the meantime, I’m trying to stay positive about the circumstances. I’ll be trying to keep myself busy, but also allow downtime. One way to look at this is like a staycation. Do stuff you’ve been putting off (like yard work) or want to do (like reading). I see some short hikes in my near future as well.

Something I’m focusing on is training for climbing since I can’t climb at the gym for at least a couple of weeks. Before the COVID-19 concerns heightened in the US, I hired a climbing and health coach (@ladybetacoaching) to help me train and get better at climbing because I need someone to hold me accountable and keep me on track. I’ve talked to her about the situation, and she’s adjusting my training regimen so that I can do everything at home.

Hangboarding will be a massive part of it and core exercises as well. Also, we’ll be working on mindset exercises too because you need the mental and physical to be a good climber. Staying strong is a goal of mine during this time of social distancing. With her help, I’m confident it will be done.

As I mentioned earlier, this is a weird time to be alive. However, we need to stay calm and healthy to the best of our ability, including myself. These times will suck, but they will blow through. We’ll get through it. I will keep you updated if anything else comes up

Stay safe and may the odds be ever in our favor.