When I am waiting for something big to happen, it feels like it is ages away. My thought process goes something like this:
"I have loads of time; no need to rush, don't panic about prep, everything will be organised."
Then out of nowhere it arrives.
The time has disappeared and it is here.
In the off-season since the World Cups of 2016, I've done a whole mix of things. I took a rest from training after the comps. It was much needed, I had trained A LOT. It was time to wind down, reflect and give my body a break from the relentless hammering. My 11th place overall was totally worth it though. I climbed for the fun of climbing, doing what I wanted to, when I wanted to do it.
It came to an end soon enough though. The call to training sounded.
Preparation this year has been a little different in that I am no longer working with the same coach as I had in 2016 and instead started to work with a friend, Simon, who has helped me with training in the past. We have taken a very different approach this year and it feels like my training is suiting me better. Between working with Simon and climbing with Shauna, I've had a very fun pre-season.
One of the highlights has got to be the LA training camp that Shauna and I did in conjunction with our climbing shoe sponsor, 5.10. We had an absolute blast & made friends for life. That said, I could definitely feel the effects of every session at the end of every day. It was exhausting, but it got me so psyched!
A week later, I went on a family holiday ... yes, A FAMILY HOLIDAY! The first in 13 years no less. It was a surreal experience to be in America with almost all of my family, a break from the normal climbing trips.
So ... I have trained and I have rested and I have trained some more ... and now, it's time to pack! The 2017 season starts in 5 days. I travel in 24 hours.
Let the games begin.