I have found it hard to get motivated to climb again, knowing I'm going to be back to square one. Over the last 3 months, I have managed to dip in and out of climbing to try and maintain some fitness and strength, but it was inevitable that I would lose loads of each.
So, this week I been the first o which I am having to suck it up! and start struggling. Monday saw Ed and I at Widdop for the first daddy daycare bouldering session. Things when pretty well considering we had 2 toddlers to look after as well as trying to cram some climbing in. A range of problems up to V6 got sent, so a good day.
I managed a 45 min hit at Woodhouse with Rose in toe, which proved pretty hopeful. I did around 15 problems, which included a handful of V6/7's and a quick send of the Sheriff V8/9. Everything felt harder than it should, but reassuring that I could still whale up some things.
Today I have had a good morning session at Heptonstall to see how I would fair on routes. I did surprisingly better than expected on the fitness front, but have definitely lost a lot of strength and power endurance. Quick ascents of Thin Red Line E2 5b*** and Brown Sugar E2 5c** left me feeling warmed up and positive. So I fired up Demerera E4 6a** which felt ok, but I was not pulling through as easily I remember being able to. After a break I did Hard Line E5 6b**. I fell off the crux once and lowered off, then did it next go. This felt easy when I flashed it at the start of the year, but quite powerful today highlighting were I have lost the most. I tried to wrap things up with a stylish ascent of Step in the light green E6 6b***, but was powered out. I went through the crux ok, only to fall onto the peg shortly after. Dogging my way to the top with hands opening on every move, I felt quite happy with my morning. I was not pumped, just out of beans. Nothing a bit of bouldering won't fix.