My life of late has looked like this:
Worst case of the galloping trots anyone has ever had - EVER
Sinusitis - doesn't sound much but it was agony
I've not climbed productively since September. I finally got back to it yesterday with a 2 hr session at Penrith. Predictable results were a lack of fitness and timing/fluidity. Less predictable was that my arm + body strength seemed OK but i had lost a lot of finger strength. This has always been a weakness and those hours spent dangling off my Beastmaker in the utility room seem to have been frittered away through inactivity.
Fitness was shocking and i failed on a 6b and a 6a+ at the end when i just gave up. A very steep 6a felt, well, very steep and it used to be my first steep warm up route.
Forgetting all that it was just a huge relief to be back climbing with no set backs and i loved it. I've had 2 false starts in the last couple of months so i'm going to take it easy. Felt fine today so fingers crossed.
Going to work out my 'baseline' over the next week or two and take it from there.
One baseline assessment i'm not happy with is my in-ability to fit into my jeans. They look like mine, they're in my wardrobe so they must be mine, but they don't fit like mine. My harness had also been adjusted during my absence.
Goal number one is weight down from 76 to 73 kg by end of the month. Running outside is too cold at the minute and makes my old man's lungs seem to want to lurch out of my body. In order to get some exercise in i tried this idea from Tommy Caldwell. Circuit Training.
I didn't fancy the intensity of just 3 exercises today so i did:
press ups 10
back raises 10
pull ups 5
pistol squats 3 each leg
10 minutes gave me 4 run throughs and i certainly felt it.
I then had a mince pie with brandy cream. FFS Andy FOCUS