Archive for April, 2012

Dry and sexy rock

@ Hauktjern crag!

The rock was dry, a little cold in the shade, but in the sun around 1-2ish in the afternoon should be just about perfect. I am stoked! Now I just need to find someone to schlep up there to climb with me.

And I got the topos for Lofoten and Stetind, and thumbing through those did nothing to reduce the growing excitement. Simply cannot wait to go climbing again!!

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Tis the season

Been a while since my last post again. Nothing much of note has happened. I am going to school learning project management 5 days a week, so there has been little time and energy for climbing. And after the big trip I feel even less motivated for indoor climbing than ever before. Training has been progressing well though, and I am stronger than I have ever been right now, and still improving noticeably from week to week.

I have done less cardio than previous years, adjusted my diet to include more vegetables to make sure I get my nutrition on. 😉 My home juicer has been taking a beating juicing everything from the standard apples to heavier and harder stuff like beets, ginger, carrots, etc. I feel healthier and my energy levels are up. I think there is something there…

As for strength training I have been doing all bodyweight resistance training. The likes of push ups, planks, squats, shoulder presses (scary stuff when you’re getting tired) and isometric explosive exercises to recruit as much “fiber” as possible. strength gains have been nothing short of phenomenal, all though it should probably be said the starting point was pretty miserable. The main reason for chosing body weight resistance training is the core benefit. Every single exercise strengthens my core in addition to the particular antagonist muscle groups targeted. Browsing now for a pull up bar to add some climbing relevant training to the repertoire. I am sure this focus on core muscles will pay off in my climbing this season.

I did some running, but asphalt running returned my old knee problems, so I scrapped that and have started cycling instead. Being a bony guy deep inside, I doubt I will put up much dead weight in my thighs with the training levels I am doing.

Tomorrow is earmarked for a trip to Hauktjern to check the conditions. I was at Skullerud on sunday, and the rock was dry there, so I am hopeful the outdoor season is just a partner away. I miss Gorm…

If you’re in the area and need a partner: I got stupid amounts of gear, will travel. Nuff said.

And I’m getting really excited now. I will a great season into existence. 🙂