Hey! So now I am in college, and really want to do a lot. I will be joining the university's rock climbing team, which has a lot of practices. The problem is that I have an obsession with medical research, as I started researching at the university in high school. Since you finished college, did you have enough time for this or more? Good luck in getting in to med schools!
Hello thanks for your question. So I didnt do research in my undergraduate years unfortunately. So your on the game for medical school! Hopefully your professor is motivated and has a goal to publish so you can be on there.
So when I could I scheduled my classes if possible to have a day off from classes. So I could study, or I could go on a solo day trip to Joshua Tree. But for the most part I climbed 5 days out of the week. Four of those would be in the gym. My university didnt have a school gym, but we had a gym down the street. So I had a stashed desk lamp. I would study for a little bit and climb afterwards!
After graduating, I am currently doing research right paid and part time. So Its a balance between work research, studying for MCATs, and climbing! It is important to practice as a team, but if you just go to the gym on your own time train on your own, and then make important practices then you should be good!
I see you won your CCS regionals, why didn't you make it out to nationals? Florida too much of a hike?
Yea I won CCS regionals two years in a row when I was in College. I actually helped start CCS in Socal, which is a surprise it never started up. So we had a few hicups for the initial season. As in we didnt have enough schools/teams to participate for us to move on to nationals.
I also had finals at the same time as Nationals haha. So as much as I wanted to go, there was a lot of conflict.
Hopefully when I enter Medical School in the foreseeable future I could compete again!
What is your favorite sport climbing shoe by madrock? I love the sharks for bouldering but I'm looking for a softer/more comfortable shoe to do long routes in.
Hmm well if your doing a hard technical route I like sharks, but I also go for the laced Concepts because they have a really really nice firm toe box, and good edges so you can toe down front on or from the side.
If you are doing a multipitch, longer routes, or want to jump on multiple routes one right after another I suggest doing the orange Flashes. Those are super comfy no matter what! As you can tell by this image:
Hey Natalie! I'm a huge fan and seeing you on American Ninja Warrior and watching your videos is part of why I worked to get healthier and stronger. I was just wondering, because I think it would be awesome to start climbing, how exactly you got started climbing. I mean, did you take a class, just start going to a gym or something like that? Thanks so much!
I went in as a novice! Loved it and just went by myself, had no teacher or coach. Just asked the nice climbers in the gym for their advice. Its a pretty friendly and open community.
My advice is to find a local climbing gym and bring a couple of friends with you! Don’t let the struggle of your first time let you down, we ALL flailed on our first day too.
Training as a beginner climber involves getting as much time/mileage on the wall as you can. Repeat climbs. In this process you are training muscles you never used before. If you become sore the day after, its a good thing! Your body is building monster muscles. When you feel the psyche come back as much as you can!
I eat healthy majority of the week. I can call myself a social meat eater too.
I came to this decision last year when my mom was diagnosed with colon cancer. Thankfully we caught it early with a routine colonoscopy exam and she had surgery to get the malignant tumors removed. She is cancer free now and I am thankful. At the same time I was taking a college course about cancer. Colon cancer is up in the top 5 of the most common cancers in the US. DIET is the #1 cause of colon cancer along with genetic factors. Nitrosamines in red meat and delis are deemed to be carcinogenic.
I attempt to cut out red meat in my diet, but I still eat chicken and turkey for my protein source. I say social meat eater because I live in L.A and going to a Korean BBQ is a common social gathering. haha
But its funny because after I made a conscious decision to cut out red meat, I would take a bite out of spaghetti that had ground beef in it and I would find it displeasing to my palate.
& I LOVE my juicer. Also, I am blessed with fast Asain metabolism so that has to do a lot with my thin physique. So eating healthy as I age is important to keep my metabolism at a nice level.
Exercise would be: climbing, climbing, and some running. Haha I always tell myself I should even out my cardio with running, but I usually only end up running every other week or so. For climbing I climb 5-6 days per week. 70% time on the climbing wall and the other 30% would be training for climbing. Even though life throws social events in your way, I still find ways to get my daily fitness in ;)
Its always fun to stumble upon reflection blog posts. Two years ago, I had no hope in finding someone compatible. My frustration in the dating scene as a climber lead to my swearing off of men for a while. Through that time I got to reflect on who I am, and dedicate my time to something I know I love and always gives back to me… climbing.
I can happily say, I found someone who gets me for everything I am. The best part is that we were acquaintances for 2 years in the gym. Somehow we connected. I truly believe you can meet the perfect person, but if the timing isnt right it’s not going to work.
For any of my fellow climbers who are struggling with the dating scene I have a few points for advice:
If you just got out of a really intense relationship, take a half a year to find yourself again. Its amazing how much one-self is lost in a draining relationship.
Looking for love wont work out. The best ones come out from the middle of freaking no-where.
If the person your dating is jealous if your out climbing with doods/chicks all the time, drop em! Trust is the most important thing.
Passion is an added plus. If the other person (or you) likes to be tied down to the bed post… clove hitches are the fastest and most sturdy knot to tide down the appendages ;)
Its true love if the other person doesnt care about how nasty your Chinese foot binding feet look. They will still rub it if you are sore from projecting in hawk talon downturn shoes all day long.
I’ve had a recent reflection, because I got a message from an acquaintance who stumbled upon my linked blog post about climbing & relationships. As climbers we are spread throughout the country, and world! Somehow we all have the same struggles. From inflamed tendons, soft tips, and heavy hearts. If anyone has more tips, and experiences they want to share I would love to hear about them. Please share :)