Well one week may not seem like a lot, but when starting anything new it seems like getting the ball rolling and committing to it is often the hardest part. When the Rock Climber’s Training Manual showed up on our doorstep I was excited but also intimidated. This is by far the most comprehensive training program we have been involved with, and so far it’s quite motivating. A lot of the most valuable parts have been more mental than physical. For instance how to set appropriate goals, subtle things to think about when climbing to improve efficiency, and ways to evaluate your climbing weaknesses and seek out exercises to bring them up to par.
Over the last week Robyn and I have set long term goals and also some more immediately attainable intermediate goals. All of our skill practice will go toward addressing weaknesses identified in our self evaluations, and we are now in the first phase of our training a two week base fitness phase that ramps up the climbing mileage to help prepare our muscles for more taxing workouts to come.