Getting over an injury can feel like starting at square one again and a bit of an uphill struggle at times. But after having a damaged shoulder for far too long, there is now light at the end of the tunnel and I feel ready for some proper training again. Although it’s been great to get on lots of classic easier routes (that I might have missed out on) recently, the frustration of not being able to push myself physically has been difficult. So after some fantastic trips away this year, the highlights being The Verdon and subsequently some route training at The Foundry, my body feels like it belongs to a climber again and I am in condition to start some power training. This for me is my weakness and it’s important not to start too early as potential injury is never far away! So the short term goal is to up the power levels and have a trip away in the latter Winter months and see where I’m at. Having onsighted f7c in The Verdon, it would be nice to think with a bit of training onsighting f8a again, is not out of reach- we’ll see. Then the mid term plan is to try some harder, longer routes in the Spring, venue not decided yet but possibilities are: Picos de Europa, Taghia Gorge, Wendenstock or The Raticon, Switzerland.
Bring it on!