“That route wasn’t my style”, “I’m too short”, “I’m too tall”, “there’s a lot of gravity here today”, these are all excuses I’ve heard before. But one thing that is always better than an excuse, is a change of mind-set. Stop focusing on the negative. Instead of thinking “I fell off the route so I failed”; think of this as a positive learning experience, instead saying; “I did not fail. I am climbing harder than my body can deal with and this is the only way I’m going to improve”.
The truth is that in order to truly improve, all you have to do is apply some dedication. First look at your life and decide on a realistic amount of sessions for the week. If you have full time job, marriage, children, other hobbies and social life are you really going to be able to train twice a day? Perhaps not. Instead, decide what you can reasonably achieve with the time you have and then just turn up.
Feeling under the weather but you still went to work? Just turn up. Had a stressful week? Just turn up. If your climbing partner bails, just turn up. There will be other people there or even just go bouldering.
You can’t improve if you’re not there. JUST TURN UP.
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