Summer time presents a problem for the routes that I enjoy establishing. Actually, it is a big problem. In the desert where I live, 90+ degree temperatures will make me sweat which in turn makes me slip off the tiny holds that would otherwise be grippable in cooler temperatures.
So, I have chosen to use the summer months for being project free and the winter months (when it is cold enough to hold onto those slippery nothings) for trying really hard on new routes.
That being said, my training over the summer is more maintenance or focused on my weaknesses overall, whereas my fall/winter training is specific to the difficulties of the new climb that I will throw myself at until I send. I am in that training zone currently, where my project consists of thin overhanging tips lie backing with an occasional shallow pinkie jam.
My goals for this training cycle are the following:
- to gain the power necessary to continue the tips lie backing the entire length of the route,
- to gain the core strength necessary to stay aligned,
- to improve my crimp strength,
- to improve my cardio, so that I am not out of breath while climbing.
Get outside and have an adventure!
piz : )