Friday Inspiration – Limits?

There must be some limit to what we can do.  Surely our ability to run fast or climb hard has some outer edge beyond which the laws of physics will not allow us to go.  Whatever that is, we haven’t reached it yet.

This week, Adam Ondra set a new standard in sport climbing by sending the route “Change” in the Hanshelleren Cave in Norway.  It is now tentatively rated as the world’s first 5.15c.  No video of the send (at least not yet) but here is Ondra working the problem last year:


You’ve got to love Ondra’s screams.

Want more evidence of the seemingly endless ability of human’s to push the boundaries?  Here’s Patrick Makau setting marathon world record with a time of 2:03:38 at the 2011 Berlin Marathon.


Now, I’ll never climb a 5.15; never mind a 5.15c.  And I’ll never run a sub 2:30, never mind a sub 2:10, but these incredible feats do remind me that I can do more.

Friday Inspiration – Back to the Climbing Gym

Between work, the High Holidays, and other sundry tasks, I haven’t made it to Brooklyn Boulders in almost two weeks.  Not good.  I’m going to fix that this weekend with a session on Sunday.  I can’t wait.  Here’s a video of a bunch of great climbers working inside, including two New Yorkers – Ashima Shirashi (who is a member of my gym and at eleven years old is better than I will ever be) and Sasha DiGiulian (who recently started at Columbia University).