My apologies for going for so long without a post! I actually have several posts ready to go that I need to get up as soon as possible.
After reading Brendon’s update I was thinking about how important it is to keep track of our training. Keeping a journal being an essential part of this process. But writing everything down in the first place is just the start of the process. The learning happens when we review the contents of our journals and assess the volume, difficulty and quality of the climbing that we have done in the past weeks, month, quarter, or year.
So with that in mind, I went over my climbing journal for the end of 2011 and did an analysis that you can see here: Climbing_review Sheet1
After have not climbed for most of 2011 I got motivated in November and started climbing on a regular basis. As you might imagine, with about a year’s worth of no real climbing my starting point was pretty low. In addition, I didn’t really create a plan in advance, I just wanted to work hard and have fun using the kind of workouts best suited to the gym I climb at. In this case, I had not done interval training in a very long time so I thought it would be fun to do bouldering circuits. Of course its not the best idea to do bouldering circuits off the couch so I started at a low level and didn’t push myself to the limit in any given workout.
What I like about breaking the numbers down as shown in the link above is being able to see the over all change in volume in climbing as well as each grade as a percentage of completed problems. Even without a training schedule I find this very helpful; it makes it easy to see if progress is being made, and it makes planning for the coming weeks pretty easy.
So, if you are not keeping a climbing journal please do so! And if your are keeping a journal, don’t forget to do your reviews!