As I prepare for the next trip into the mountains I have to say I would have like to have at least climbed outdoors once in Ireland. This unfortunately has not been an option as part of the last two to three weeks here. The weather has turned from beautiful cool days to windy, icy and wet everyday thanks to cyclone Barney. This abrasive weather front has caused me to rethink what I will do.
I decided to train a little harder and try something a little different. So off I went to Awesome Wall Dublin to test out my theories and concepts about getting fit quick. I already have a high level of base fitness and this approach would hopefully be icing on the cake.
Here is the concept: Gain endurance, strength, work on technique (always) and learn to climb pumped senseless.
Week One and two: One day on, one day off (four days of training over 7 days) On rest days train core and stretch i.e. yoga or pilates.
Warm up on auto belay with 4 laps at 4 or 5 grades under your onsight grade, rest for 4 minutes and then 4 laps at 2 or 3 grades under your onsight grade, rest for 4 minutes and then 4 laps at your onsight grade and repeat the last set.
Week three: One day on, one day off (four days of training over 7 days) On rest days train core and stretch i.e. yoga or pilates.
Warm up on the auto belay with 4 laps at 4 or 5 grades under your onsight grade, rest for 4 minutes and then 4 laps at 1 or 2 grades under your onsight grade…….goal get very warm, a little pumped and add a level of endurance to boot.
Hit the bouldering walls and do 5×5’s. Select 5 problems at your onsight grade and do all of them once, then rest for 5 minutes. repeat this four more times. Once finished rest for ten minutes and find two or three projects one grade above your onsight. Climb them until you send them clean (or collapse from trying). When this fatigued I found I could still climb hard……..it was a great surprise. 🙂
I have been doing this for almost three weeks now and am feeling fit, strong and ready for my next climbing trip. I will let you all know if my methodology was successful once I return from my trip.
I hope this training method a bit interesting at least. If you like it let me know, if you don’t let me know anyways 🙂