The final set from 04 Dec 2017 and my goals for 2018

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When I got to the climbing gym this morning, I noticed a few more problems on the left side of the bouldering wall on the main floor that we had been working on yesterday.  The photo accompanying this post shows the final set as of this morning.  That’s not to say that things won’t be added in the coming weeks, but it’s a solid start.  I flashed the black V0 on the far left side.  So proud of myself, haha.  My Skwamas were tight this morning, meaning that I need to wear my compression socks for a while today.  My feet and legs must be a bit swollen.  I’m not sure what causes it, but it comes and goes.  I know one thing that contributes heavily is the medication I’m on for arthritic joint pain, but there’s not much I can do about that.  I could stop taking it, as I’ve tried to in the past, but the pain drives me insane and I can’t even get up and down the stairs to my basement apartment!  I need to be able to climb!!!

Climbing.  It’s almost a new year and I need to outline what I want my goals to be for 2018.  By 31 Dec 2018, I want to be able to redpoint 5.11a.  I planned out, month-by-month using a pyramid-method, tiered diagram approach, my journey from 5.9 to 5.11a over the next 13 months this morning.  I did so using the conveniently set up calendar in Jerry Moffatt’s book Mastermind, and will probably copy the whole thing into my climbing log for better reference.  The pyramid method is something I learned from Lou Renner.  It’s great for building yourself up to higher and higher levels of climbing, and could also be useful for diagramming what you want to be your focus as far as training goes in other areas, such as grip strength and weight loss.  I plan on losing 8-10 lbs. per month over the next 13 months in addition to my climbing goals, because losing the weight will have a direct, positive impact on my climbing abilities.  I don’t know what I want my bouldering goals to be yet.  I was thinking somewhere in the neighborhood of V5 by 31 Dec 2018.  We’ll have to see.  I was climbing V2 in mid-October.  I have to get back into the swing of things and get my life (and my TIME) straightened out to where I can have my CLIMBING ROUTINE again!!!  I desperately need that for my mental health!!!  As a matter of fact, my assignment from the Doc is to climb every day this week!!!  Doctor’s orders!!!  😎  I have such a cool doctor!!!

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