In September I signed up for a 4 week class at the climbing center so I could build on my climbing skills and hopefully start to be a better climber.
For most of the time I have been climbing I have been more focused on getting to the top than on the way that I got there. And I realize the longer I climb that I am working too hard, meaning that I am using too much energy as I go and if I had more skill I could be more graceful and climb longer.
I dream of going outside and spending days out in the rocks with others and I want to be able to accomplish things when I do that. Solidly push myself into 5.9 gym climbing and probably around 5.6 outdoor climbing.
This class was great for this, every week we ran drills for a few hours to practice different skills. Working each week on one focus we moved from feet to arms to balance and then putting it all together. Each one of these classes I climbed on nothing harder than 5.4 but climbed up and down more than I every have in a single session and that was awesome.
What was also awesome is that my buddy Lynleigh took the class with me and also learned so much and worked so hard.
Examples of things we learned were: quiet feet, straight arms, rest positions, weight distribution, dynamic movements and static movements.
All of this and I am left feeling like...well like I have a lot of practice to do and a lot more to learn.
The next few months were filled with fertility treatments and ultimately a miscarriage and I didnt climb anymore in the fall. Now its the new year and Lynleigh and I have decided to take this same class again in February. When we take it I will try and blog about it better. Elaborate on the skills I learn and pass on what knowledge I can.
Until then, lots of swimming to get those arms stronger and back to the old pushups.