I blame my Gym Buddy, L.
She is prone to suggesting challenges that would normally be off our “sensible” radar.
I always accept her challenges.
I don’t know why.
Ok, we have completed bike rides and walks to supplement our regime of Yoga, Spinning and Pilates.
They are familiar activities and a walk in the park, literally.
But this time she suggested we tried out the local Colchester Climb Project near to where we both live in Essex.
It is a dedicated bouldering centre.
Bouldering is a type of rock climbing where there are no ropes, instead there is a foot of matting surrounding the climbing area to make falling more comfortable.
What an inspiring explanation.
Before I committed I suggested we visited the Centre to check out the facilities, the people running it and the climbing walls.
And secretly hoping it would scare us both off.
Our review resulted in us seeing a 10 year old girl behaving like Spider-Man (strictly Spider Woman) climbing up and down the walls without a care in the world at great speed.
We both sat drinking tea on the leather settees around the climbing area looking at other participants scaling the walls, with our hearts in our mouths.
Neither of us would admit to each other that it looked like a challenge too far.
We therefore signed up for the 60 minute Introductory Session a few weeks later and the dreaded day approached fast.
It’s probably best to tell you what happened in part 2 ….