I recently decided to get some more exercise in my life. And when I say “more” I really mean “greater than zero”. So I joined an indoor climbing gym. It’s a great workout for the entire body but especially for the fingers and hands. That may not sound especially useful but if I keep at it, I may someday be able to crush coconuts with my bare hands! (Right now, I think I’m up to boiled egg crushing level … well, maybe if it were shelled.)

My arms are pretty sore for an hour or so afterwards, which is fine unless I go climbing in the evening like last night. The problem is that I ride my motorcycle home and the clutch and front brake are controlled by hand levers. We’re only talking a couple pounds of pressure but sometimes even that’s a bit of a challenge after a good session of climbing. Thank goodness for the rear brake and neutral gear…

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