How hard is it to do nothing? Pretty hard as it turns out! After 32 days in the Grampians and 17 days of various activities in NZ doing nothing seemed like a tough proposition. I wasn’t really looking forward to it. I kept mumbling things about getting out of shape and needing to find a pull up bar so that I could at least do something.
I can’t remember the last time I went away on a non climbing trip. Even going to the states for a family wedding turned into a sly climbing trip, where we spent more time climbing than with family. Fiji was set to be a true holiday. No climbing. Five days of proper relaxation.
Day 1 I was bored. Sitting around doing very little and having all your meals prepared for you was boring. I tried snorkelling but I was too poor at it to have any fun. I just kept swallowing water and getting water in my eyes. Day 2 I relaxed into it and spent the whole day reading, only moving to follow the shade. I still don’t understand how people lie in the sun all day. The shade was hot enough! I also went snorkelling again. It turns out I’m not shit at it and that on Day 1 I had a snorkel with a hole which explained why I was constantly swallowing water. Snorkelling is actually great fun and with a vibrant reef full of colourful fish I had a great time. I’m not really a water person but I really got into it and can definitely see the appeal. I just wished I could hold my breath for longer than 60 seconds.
The remaining days were spent reading, snorkelling, and relaxing (apart from a slow 3 hour hike up the local mountain to take in some incredible views). Five days without climbing or any real physical exercise made me feel very lazy, but in the end I really enjoyed it. I’m not sure if I’d do it again any time soon but I’m glad I allowed myself to appreciate it for what it was.
Total pull up count: 0
Books read: 1 (Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely – An enjoyable read, thanks Slackline, but I thought it was too pop-sci. I think I just want to read science journals… any more recommendations on decision theory or behavioural economics?)