I signed up for February’s climbing competition. My second ever. First comp was in December and was a great way to get a feel for what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by the supportive atmosphere and the feeling that I was just climbing a whole bunch of awesome new routes with other folks. This one will be at my home gym.
I’m signed up, I have the time off from work, and I will be there with a smile on. I may even buy a new tank for the occasion.
I ran into a bit of a hiccup deciding what division to sign up for. They are a bit different in this competition than the last, and I feel like I fall smack in between two of them.
- Intermediate: 5.8-5.9+
- Advanced: 5.10a-5.10d
Although 10c-10d is at the tippy-top of my range (many times out of my range), the intermediate category is on the light side. After brief consultation, it was decided that I’d sign up in the advanced category so that I would be challenged. Wow. Advanced. Me. I’m patting myself on the back right now and hoping that I’m up for it!
As far as training goes, I’ve upped my time at the gym the past few weeks. A bit late I fear, but I’m noticing some improvement.
Here’s my week:
- Day 1: Toprope (hard routes)
- Day 2: Boulder. Cardio (30 min.)
- Day 3: Rest day
- Day 4: Lead & toprope (hard routes). Kettlebells.
- Day 5: Toprope – light climbing (technique and endurance).
- Day 6: Rest day or Kettlebells
- Day 7: Rest day
It’s a busy schedule, but fun to be at the gym 4 days a week.
The other new component this time around is the introduction of kettlebells into my routine. I just started a month ago, so I have yet to see how it will affect my climbing. That will be a whole separate post, I’m sure. What I *have* noticed is just an increase in general body awareness. I’m suddenly noticing that I let my butt hang off the wall quite a bit instead of keeping my hips close. I don’t engage my core enough when I climb. I don’t use my legs nearly as much as I thought I did. Things like that. I’m excited to see if and how kettlebells will affect my climbing.
So, I’m at 2.5 weeks until the competition. I’ll train hard until the week of, take it easy, and see how I do.