I’ve had a month worth of downtime since I returned from Spain and it’s starting to really get to me. I’ve continued to climb inside and outside here and there (although it’s been a couple weeks now), but I haven’t really been training. Having some down time is crucial: it allows the body to fully recover after it’s been through the ringer, allows the mind to recharge and allows you to do other activities outside of climbing. Usually after I take some rest, I come back and feel stronger and more motivated, which is always a positive thing. The process of relaxing and taking it easy is difficult for me after the first day or two…so you can imagine how I feel after a month of this. I’m ready to get back to training and am in the process of creating my plan. For 2012, I plan on competing in the ABS National Championship and the SCS National Championship with the ultimate goals of qualifying for the IFSC Bouldering and Lead World Cups in Vail and Atlanta respectively. In addition, I want to travel to Paris for the IFSC Lead World Championship near the end of next summer. My mental game feels recharged and my body feels ready to begin training again.
During my downtime, however, it’s important for me to continue doing things that I love and don’t do nearly as often as I would like to so I’m able stay engaged (in the resting period) and don’t end up in the gym training (which is entirely possible with how my brain works). My mom got me a Canon SLR nearly 2 years ago and I love to take photos of our environment. Part of me wishes I were a professional photographer…but I don’t have the time to pursue that at the moment…so in the mean time I just play around. Check out what I’ve done: