So in many ways, 2016 was pretty rough… For the world and for personal reasons… But 2016 is almost over, which means that it’s time to take a quick look at what’s happened and start looking forward to what’s next.
When I take a look back at my year in climbing, I had definite struggles as well as progress and clear high points. I spent a good part of the year learning how to deal with failure a little more gracefully, but was also able to see some success from basically a full year of climbing training. I am very grateful for the opportunity to spend time doing what I love with incredible people, and am hopeful that 2017 will bring more experiences, successes, and the life lessons that continue to make me better. Here are a few things I have learned that I will bring forward into 2017:
- Remember to be grateful for what you have, and especially for the people in your life who love you despite your flaws.
- Give yourself credit for the small victories; just because you didn’t send the proj doesn’t mean that you can’t be happy for what you have achieved, even if it’s just “I was able to do a move that I couldn’t do before”, or “I got totally shut down, but managed to still have fun!”
- Training works. I made huge strides in my climbing (and jumped up two V grades outside) by being diligent with training.
- Training can cause unreasonable expectations: Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see the results of your training right away… It can take time to fully realize the gains you have made.
- It’s ok to be vulnerable; let people see your failures and flaws as much as they see the successes.
So it’s almost 2017 and I plan on making it the best year EVER! To start it out, I have created not only a list of goals for the year (including a really long tick list), but I have also decided to make quarterly goals to keep myself on track. I have written an 8-week training plan for myself to start the year out with and hopefully get STRONG for the spring climbing season 🙂
Here are a sample of some of the climbing goals I have for the year:
- Get outside climbing by myself at least 3 times; it’s good for the soul.
- Complete my 8-wk training plan; it’s good for the body.
- Do a short yoga session including meditation at least 5 times a week; it’s good for the mind.
Stay tuned for my next blog post that will detail what I am doing for my first two months of training 🙂
Happy New Year everyone!!!
Cover photo by Greg Orlov