I was watching the GoPro footage just now from our climbing trip to Ten Sleep Canyon this weekend and I noticed several things there as well as from my observations that were not recorded on video anywhere. There are some things I need to work on:
- Approach stamina. I need to pack a 50-60 lb. pack up and down the Swords Park trail here in Billings to get used to hauling my own extra weight plus the weight of a pack containing climbing gear and a rope up and down steep terrain. This trail would be a start. That way, I could lighten my own load of excess weight and gain the endurance necessary for some of these steep, switchback approaches to crags that I want to climb on.
- Reading the sequence and visualizing the climb. I need to practice seeing myself on the wall and using the holds I have picked out ahead of time on the crag, seeing them through to success, ie. a clean send. This is a powerful tool and I need to learn to use it better. I am beginning to learn to use visualization and reading sequences, and I need to get a lot better at it!
- Controlled breathing. I listened to my breathing patterns on the footage from the GoPro as I was climbing, and it’s clearly something I must work on! I need to focus on deep, controlled breathing instead of faster, inefficient breathing. More oxygen will get to my muscles that way and I won’t pump out as fast or tire as easily.
- Straight arms. Evidently, as witnessed by my climbing buddies, my arms are almost always flexed instead of straight. Straightening my arms would go a long way toward not pumping out so fast and being able to climb longer and more easily.
- Losing weight. I neither need nor want to carry this amount of excess weight up and down approaches and crags. I have to lose weight for my own health and so I can climb better!!! I want to get into the best shape of my life!!!