Friday, 22 February 2008

The Return

Last weekend was my first venture down South for team training since my long layoff from training and climbing due to the winter lurgi.

On Saturday we were based at The Climbing Works in Sheffield, where we had a great session with Andy Earl about identifying our Strengths and weaknesses. I had wrongly thought that a general lack of deep lock/ inability to weight my feet were my main weaknesses, but Gaz and Andy both reckoned that a general lack of height/ inability to live near appropriate training venues was closer to the truth. Needless to say, they are both correct (Gaz and Andy that is) as I do need to get exposure to the correct style of boulder problems and I suppose I have to admit to being a "short arse" at some point.

Sunday was spent at BoulderUK in Blackburn for comp practice. I hadn't realised how weak I am at the moment until trying these problems. I am perfectly used to being unable to read a problem correctly, or notice every little element of usable trickery, but having zero power as well was quite depressing. As usual, everyone else looked suitably awesome, so it's time to knuckle down and get into some serious training.

Here is a picture of me humping a ball in Erlangen last year, courtesy of climbing.nl and Adwin Timmer.
I'm seriously looking forward to this years comp season (as long as I can get back in shape soon).