The time is now

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.  

Lx

 

PHOTOGRAPHIC HIGHLIGHTS, 2017 PRE-SEASON

 Family bike ride

Family bike ride

 Awesome bouldering in Joshua Tree. pic:   BEARCAM MEDIA

Awesome bouldering in Joshua Tree. pic: BEARCAM MEDIA

 Being silly. I mean ... ourselves. pic:  BEARCAM MEDIA

Being silly. I mean ... ourselves. pic: BEARCAM MEDIA

 Having fun at Muscle Beach, LA. pic:   BEARCAM MEDIA

Having fun at Muscle Beach, LA. pic: BEARCAM MEDIA

 Training time. pic:   BEARCAM MEDIA

Training time. pic: BEARCAM MEDIA

 Meiringen, Switzerland - Semi-final bloc 1 2016   

Meiringen, Switzerland - Semi-final bloc 1 2016