Last week I bravely began a new 12 week training program I purchased online for 25$ (now, 125$) from the Power Company. After a couple of months of climbing for pure enjoyment, I started feeling antsy about getting back to it! In that span of time though, I managed to send my first V6/7 outside and then another V7 a month or so later, so not a bad break if I do say so myself.
I thought I was training before, but I definitely wasn’t training like this. This past week has been grueling. Absolutely kick-me-in-the-butt grueling.
The Boulder Strong program (my program of choice) goes through two cycles: 6 weeks of strength followed by 6 weeks of power. This, in theory, will allow me to peek at the end of the 12 week period so I will be in tip top shape. I plan on following the program with 6 weeks of power endurance, but that will be something I create on my own. I’ve gotta keep that strength/power up near the top of the climb too!
You know what was the hardest part of this first week? Nutrition. I loathe counting calories. Really, I hate it. But I’ve starting forcing myself to record what I eat in an app on my phone, mostly to prevent me from snacking unnecessarily. I still do snack and always will, but I’m trying to be more responsible and mindful. It’s a pain to log every single thing especially when you don’t always know the calorie content, but it’s informative to know what I eat in a day. Understanding “macros” and then roughly sticking to “macros” is entirely new for me too. Counting is effective, there’s no denying that. A nutrition component wasn’t included in their program – this is something I’ve devised for myself, funny enough.
The workouts aren’t too bad, but the sheer volume of the workouts are killing me. Instead of doing my finger workout twice a week, I now do it three times a week + 1.5 hours of specific climbing exercises AND cardio. Three times a week I do a less strenuous climbing specific workout, but it still takes about an hour and a half. Plus, I have bodyweight exercises like squats, push ups, and weighted pull ups. I took 3 rest days this week instead of only 1, but tried to squeeze a few workouts in on other days to make up for missed workouts. In the end, I couldn’t check everything off my list, but I am relatively happy with how I am feeling.
I’m happy with the program, and can’t wait to see where it brings me. Honestly, I’m not so good at sticking to something once the novelty wears off so this will be a true test in will power. I find it easy to get in and climb of course, but sticking to a consistent training routine is something I’m improving but still have not perfected. All in good time!
Cheers to a successful week 2! 🙂
Climb on xx