Topics to cover:
– Climbing performance and perspective… National Team, Local competition season, Feeling checked out
-Training and coaching role with junior team + personal training and teaching teams etc
-Loss of father and dealing with grief
– Physical and emotional hurdles associated with having an auto immune condition
– Brief recap of travels : Okanagan, Leavenworth, Mexico, Toronto, Montreal,
What it’s like being Celiac?
Ok so this post is long overdue! I chose to write about being Celiac because oftentimes if it comes up in conversation people ask me: “what’s it like being Celiac?” My response is: “it’s mainly the same as being non-celiac as long as you stick to the plan!” (ie. Don’t eat glutenous foods)
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, triticale & barley. In the case of wheat, gliadin has been isolated as the toxic component.
Celiac disease is a medical condition in which the absorptive surface of the small intestine is damaged by a substance called gluten. This results in an inability of the body to absorb nutrients like protein, fat, carbs, vitamins and minerals, which are necessary for good health. According to The Canadian Celiac Association roughly 1 in 130 people in Canada are affected by celiac disease.
Ok so this particular blog post has been in the works for about 2 months now…
I think the main reason I had yet to post this write up is mainly due to the fact that it’s been such a roller coaster both physically and mentally..
Physically speaking, well I injured my wrist climbing.. surprise! It wasn’t anything overly obvious at the time but I essentially kept repeating a specific move into this nasty undercling and eventually I felt something go “click” .. I knew I had tweaked something but I was mid way through teaching a class and could not seem to justify resting my wrist so I continued to climb on it..
The next morning when I woke up, I could barely pronate or supinate my wrist let alone put any weight on it. It was pretty obvious that I had done more damage then I had originally thought. In the initial stages I was getting a few different diagnoses.. One thing was consistent though. I had strained one or several ligaments and needed to take 6 weeks off from climbing. My heart sank when I got the news and I had to fight back the urge not to burst into tears. I was finally starting to feel pretty strong and getting super psyched for the comp season ahead. I knew that in order to stay motivated I would need to set new goals and focus my energy towards general fitness and cross training rather then getting hung up on not being able to climb.
Discover your weaknesses and destroy them!
Since finishing my 2013-2014 competitive season in Vail, Colorado I’ve had ample time to set new goals and analyze what it is I should be working on to achieve these goals!
World Cup Recap – Hamilton, Ontario & Vail, Colorado
I’m finally taking the time to reflect on the past 2 weeks where I climbed at my 2 very first World cups! It’s interesting to think back in time, if it was only a couple short weeks ago, look back and observe all that has changed, all the lessons learned and all the growth that has taken place. I will do my best to summarize my World cup experiences without creating feelings of boredom!
Celeste Wall Athlete Profile from David Tam on Vimeo.
Here is just a snippet of my life as a climber and competitor and why climbing is so much more than just a sport, activity or hobby to me.
This competitive season started out as an open ended endeavor…
…and evolved into something far better than I could have imagined. When I started competing again this past October I had been back in the climbing game for about a year. After having taken a 5yr hiatus from climbing all together.
A little about me…
This is the story of me as a competitive climber, instructor and lover of all things climbing. Follow me on my adventures of self discovery, personal growth and most of all climbing!