Frank always said that in order to sail in stormy waters, one must first build a strong ship.
At the moment - I wouldn't stop climbing, and do conditioning for 2 months... though the thought occurred to me a while ago to stop climbing and finger board and campus (only) for three weeks in an attempt to strengthen my fingers, I was quickly discouraged from that. My technique and simply my climbing need a lot more work.
It seems to be the case in any sport that when one tries to up one's game, the body starts to break down. I've been on a slow but steady course of improvement over the last twelve months, and I suppose with the new year looming, there's always an inner will to want to do better.
I think that's human nature!
There won't be much change about what I'm doing at the board. It seems to be working for me and I like the track I'm on. I usually try to fit in 3 or 4 training sessions at the board each week. When it goes well, I milk it, when it's going badly, I do sit ups. It's outside the board time that things need to be shaken up!
I'm really looking forward to this year. I have a positive feeling that I can improve my bouldering, it's nice not to feel stuck I suppose.
I think upping my ability on rock is going to be about 3 things:
Those 3 aspects mean investing in my body.
Buying the right food and eating it... it even sounds obvious as I'm typing it, but I'm terrible at it. I'll happily survive for a day on 12 jaffa cakes and then wonder why my training the next evening didn't go so well. Also, I want to start drinking a lot more water... Again - I'd usually have tea with my 12 Jaffa Cakes and am probably existing as a very dehydrated person on a day to day basis.
Going to bed before midnight... I don't know why I do it, every night I sit up and do nothing when I could be sleeping, then I've to get out of bed at 7am for work. My muscles always feel terrible when I don't get enough sleep.
I think I'm pretty good at going to the board and training with a plan... but that plan never has an end aim... I do problems, then I do sit ups and then I go bouldering at the weekends. I think there needs to be a focus on what I want to get out of my board sessions - maybe I'll break them down into 6 week chunks or something with an aim at the end of each - must read up on that again!.
Hitting the ground running in the morning with a session in Wicklow... here's to a strong ship in 2012... I'd quite like to sail through a few storms!