Posted on April 02, 2012 02:43 PM
OK, so blog efforts have been poor for a while! But there are reasons for that, which I will go into later. But basically a combination of being too busy and too injured has meant that I have done nothing of interest for an eternity. But what exactly is interesting anyway, and what is the point of writing a blog in the first place? A spray to the world, a sponsorship obligation, or keeping in contact with all your mates in one hit. Maybe the latter sounds best, but it could be even more, like a channelling of energy and thoughts or getting something out of the system. Anyway, after much self pity I finally noticed that the glass was actually still half full and opportunities were there to be taken.
About five years ago Rich Simpson pointed out that I was never going to get any better unless I got stronger. I already knew that, so spent the next five years not doing anything about it, in the hope that just a high volume of random activity would eventually sort the problem. Unsurprisingly nothing changed. The key to training is structure, a word missing from my climbing dictionary. So now faced with some time off the crimpy world a new direction was needed in order to find motivation.
Climbing may be filled with grades to measure yourself against, but when it really comes down to it, when the boys need to be sorted from the men, it’s all about power. Forget what you can do with your feet, or even what grade you can climb, if you want to impress, it’s all about 1-5-9 and one arm pull-ups. So there must be some use to that stuff. Campusing makes me feel ill, just the thought of it, but maybe now was the time to crack the lifetimes ambition of the one-armer. Not that bent arm start or flicky cheat method, a proper 3 seconds hang and then gradual pull through all the way. Completely beyond me at first in January, but now steady on each arm. Next step will be two from an edge. Then I’ll be really strong, and have a new status down the wall. People will want to hang out with me, share circuits they have made up and girls will be impressed. I knew there was more to climbing than just going out on that rocky stuff. Thank God I found it before it was too late.
Will it make any difference on the rock? That’s the big question, but right now, it doesn’t matter!