Now that I’ve finally trashed all of the advertisement “comments”, I can finally post something new.
Well to start things off, I find myself feeling unmotivated to go climbing or to even train to get stronger lately. I may be one of the only people that doesn’t like to hear anything when I’m climbing. I don’t like listening to music or people talking to me, especially not when they’re shouting beta. Because it’s the one thing that will make me mess up. And I tend to tune out my iPod as it is. So there’s no point. My focus is on what I’m doing. And I know a few other climbers prefer the same.
Having recently acquired a cleaning job at my climbing gym, I’ve realized that business is absolutely booming. And it’s hard to get in there to work or have a good session. I get discouraged very easily. Maybe it’s because I haven’t found the proper climbing partner with the proper vibes to be able to achieve perfect harmony. But either way, I find it quite difficult to stay motivated.
This morning I woke up and had no intention of going climbing today. Wasn’t feeling it and I was pretty tired and didn’t feel like do anything, in fact. So I started going through one of my favorite climbers pictures and videos. Granted he’s my best friend, so naturally I would go through them. And there were some videos that you could see how rock climbing had become a part of him. He was so graceful, even on some really hard problems. And he made everything look easy. Even though you couldn’t tell that he was trying hard by his natural climbing instincts, but you know that he was. It’s no piece of cake to float a V10. It’s most likely even harder to do that. To be controlled.
After watching maybe four videos and going through 248 pictures, I realized that that was my inspiration to go climb. To be that controlled and graceful. To be able to hold a swing if my feet cut, or to go static to a horrible hold, maybe it’s a crimp, or a sloper, either way. I wanted that. And I always wonder if those strong climbers had ever felt as I did. Watching the person I look up to, climbing strong and wanting to be like that some day. I have a lot of dreams and hopes for this hobby. And I’m sure there are tons of other people that feel the same. There’s just no easy way to get around it.
I know a few people that expect instant results and will complain if they’re not climbing well or aren’t getting any better. And I do talk to my best friend about this all the time. I explain to him that these people climb every day, are trying to skip grades (Climbs regularly V2 skips to V4 kind of stuff) and he got really annoyed with how people were taking it. So he said something that really puts it into perspective.
“I don’t understand why people think that they can touch a climbing hold and just be amazing right then. It took me years to learn how to climb and get really good at it. But these people expect to be good immediately. Nobody understands that rock-climbing is not natural, it’s not going to be comfortable or easy. You have to work for it.”
And I find myself feeling disappointed because I’m not getting any stronger. Even though I know it takes time, and I know that I am getting stronger, slowly. I just wish I had the knowledge of how to get stronger. I could make up all sorts of training methods, but I won’t know the effectiveness until I try. There’s another strong climber that I know, whom recently moved to Colorado, and he has a crazy workout method, and it works for him. I just need to make mine. And when I do, I’ll definitely share, because maybe it will work for someone else as well.