Well, someone had to say it.
You know all those insta pics of your fave looking tone and fresh after a 5-hour session at the gym? Whenever I see those I can’t help but think: you have been doing this 4 days a week since you were 7, aren’t you sick of it already?
Catch em on the right day I’d bet the answer is yes. Because sometimes training just sucks.
I’ve been in the gym training for spring climbing. In a few weeks I am headed to the Red and after that, I’m off to Greece for tufa climbing on the island of Kalymnos. No matter how hard I try, my bf will not let me forget that both of those places are made up of primarily 70 ft overhanging climbs. Although I think of myself as a route climber, I’m definitely not a strong climber on steep walls.
Through the years of climbing, I’ve taken a leisurely approach to training. Basically what that means is that I *didn’t* train during my first 3 years of climbing. I just climbed.
As my goals became loftier (mixed climb The Nose in October?) I began to realize that I could no longer take a back seat approach to progress. I had to train. Which meant less fun and more work. Which is how I got here, whining about my sore arms on the internet.
Usually, when I get to this place in any passion (the part where you have to put real work in) I give up on it. Then I look back and think, what would it have been like if I had given that my all? This time I decided not to do that. I decided to throw myself into it. You know what I realized?
Somedays I don’t want to see another climbing pic on Instagram.
Somedays I want to officially retire from climbing.
Somedays I’d rather eat a mayo sandwich than put my hands on another piece of sandpaper-coated-plastic.
Somedays I’d rather give up.
But through this process, I’ve realized there is a difference between training and doing. Sure, training is boring and gritty and frustrating and tedious and, did I mention, boring? Somedays training sucks.
But do you know what doesn’t suck?
Being able to climb more than 2 pitches on a trip to Greece.
You know what else doesn’t suck?
Perhaps climbing ONLY the overhang every gym session from now until April (read: forever) isn’t that fun, and it isn’t that glamorous, but if it gets you to where you want to go, if it gets you out there doing the thing you love doing, it just might be worth it. The grit gets you to achieving your goals in the end.
And that most definitely does not suck.
So here’s to 5 more weeks of perpetual pump.