Post by Chris W on Feb 20, 2015 16:24:09 GMT -7
I'm trying to figure out a way to climb more, which is nothing new. I'm thinking about adding in a third performance phase to my yearly planning calendar, but I'm wondering how to do it.
1) The best times to climb at my local crag [Birdsboro, PA] are spring and fall, specifically March-April and October-November. Planning a performance peak for those times means that I have an odd chunk of time in the summer and the winter. My plan thus far has been to train strength and power in my barn during my mini summer and winter seasons. This leaves me with time for two full Rock Prodigy seasons during the prime climbing times here of spring and fall. Less climbing = happier wife. Spring and fall = more climbing partners and belayers.
2) I could add in a summer season with a full Rock Prodigy schedule, 15-16 weeks long. This would put my summer performance peak smack in the middle of the most consistently hot and humid months of the year in south central PA. My dream routes at home are in perma-shade, which helps. I could climb at the crack of dawn if I could find belayers, but it will be very humid with temps in the 60's. I suppose I could try Tight Grip and see if it helps. I could travel somewhere cooler, but it would probably involve plane tickets out west (Mark, you said Wild Iris is always cold) which would be expensive. It would involve several days of travel with very small children, which could be very difficult. Warm summer climbing temps = happier wife. Warm and humid conditions = poor performance conditions. Summer season = more available partners
3) A full summer season would also push my fall season performance phase into late November and December, missing the best weather conditions. I could get lucky and have sunny days in the 40's or it could be snowy and fridge in the 20's with a howling wind. I don't mind climbing when it is freezing, but even I need to be able to feel my fingers. I have a hard time doing that when the temps are in the 20's and there is even a slight wind.
4) I could plan a winter season with a full 15-16 week Rock Prodigy schedule. I would start base training in November and end up with a performance phase in February. This is often one of the coldest months of the year here. My thermometer in the barn at 04:30 today read 3 degrees, but fortunately I'm hangboarding right now. I am very unlikely to find belayers for February. I could plan a trip somewhere warm for a winter season, but traveling with my crew is difficult and, while 30 degrees in Tennessee is fine for me, my wife wouldn't be happy. Also, a winter season would push my spring season performance phase into May, which may be too hot.
5) Should I just suck it up and be grateful for having two good seasons? Sorry about the long post, and thank you in advance to anyone who reads it and helps me figure this out.