Training Journal: 4/8/19 – 4/14/19

First time outside bouldering this season! Wahoo! 3 climbing sessions, 1 step-up session, 1 yoga session. Really should keep up my running…

Monday
2h of yoga.


Tuesday
30 minutes of step-ups. 1,080 ft. vertical, carrying 42lbs.

Wednesday
2 hr. of top-roping: 5.10-5.12-. Mostly crimpy, pinchy, balancey routes.

Thursday
2 hr. of bouldering. V4-V8. Didn’t spend a lot of time resting, wanted to try a lot of different problems.

Friday
Rest day.

Saturday
First time bouldering outside this Year! Sent several V1s, V3, almost completed a V5, did some traversing and just playing around on the rock.

Sunday
Rest Day.

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Training Journal: 4/1/19 – 4/7/19

3x toproping, 1 run, 1 workout, 1 long stretching session. I wanted to run 2x, but started to feel sick this weekend. Enjoying toproping again, want to get back into leading. Weeee!

Monday
Workout:
1) Squats (bodyweight): 5×20, Pushups: 5×25, Deltoid front and side raises: 5x10x10
2) Lunges (10# in opposite hand raised OH): 3×10, Shoulder presses (10#): 3×10, Serratus pushups: 3×20
3) 1-Leg DL: 3×10, Shoulder circles (2.5#): 3x20s, Forearm curls and extensors (12#): 3×25

Tuesday
1.5h of toproping. Mostly focused on the 5.10+ to 5.11 range.

Wednesday
My body never really settled into the run. It felt okay, but not great.


Thursday
1.5h of toproping. Mostly focused on the 5.10+ to 5.11 range. A few boulders afterwards, core, and shoulder exercises.

Friday
Rest day, did a lot of stretching.

Saturday
Rest day. Was feeling sick.

Sunday
1.5h of toproping. Mostly focused on the 5.10+ to 5.11 range.

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Training Journal: 3/25/19 – 3/31/19

3x bouldering, 1 run, 1 step-up session. Glad the business trip is over and I can get back to more of a routine.

Monday
1.5h bouldering. Wide range of levels, (V2-V6), just trying to variety. + a long walk home in the rain…

Tuesday
Body felt slow, weak. It was hard to push the pace, my legs just didn’t seem to want to move.

Wednesday
1.5h bouldering. V4-V6 range. Played a game at the end where we kept building one more onto the route, so it became a strength endurance exercise.

Thursday
Rest day. All day event.

Friday
Rest day. Cross country flight home.

Saturday
1.5h bouldering. V4-V7 range.

Sunday
25 minutes of step-ups, 900ft. of elevation, 40 lbs.

Training Journal: 3/18/19 – 3/24/19

I’m on a business trip (10 days), that I’m kinda kicking myself for how long it is because it’s getting in the way of climbing and step-up with a lot of weight.

Oh well. One bouldering session (the day before I left), one run, one hike (thank god).

Monday
1:50 of bouldering. V3-V6s, focusing on pinches, crimps.

Tuesday
Flew into CA, felt tired and groggy, but forced myself to go on a run.


Wednesday
4×25 bodyweight squats
4×50 pushups
7x7s hangs (1 pad) on a door frame
3×10 one-leg deadlifts
3×20

Thursday
20 minutes of step-ups, 400ft. of elevation, no weight.

Friday
50 pullups
75 bodyweight squats
8x10s finger hangs
3×10 hanging crunches

Saturday
Rest day.

Sunday
8 mile hike, ~2,000 ft. of elevation, through the hills around Pacifico, CA.

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Training Journal: 3/11/19 – 3/17/19

This was a week of 2s: Bouldered 2x, two step-up workouts, two rest days, and well, one run.

My strength and coordination is getting back to normal for bouldering, and my endurance for step-ups is improving. Bumped up weight to 40 lbs. too.

Nice long run of 90 minutes, continuing to increase time each week.


Monday
Rest day.

Tuesday
1.5h bouldering. This was an endurance-focused workout, doing 4x4s on mainly V2s, V3s, with a V4 and V5 thrown in. Worked on crimps, pinches, slabs.

Wednesday
30:00 of step-ups with 40 lbs., 960 vertical feet.

4×10 one-leg deadlifts
4×50 pushups

Thursday
2h bouldering. Projecting on V6s, V7s, V8s. Worked on crimps, slopers, slabby, pulls at odd angles.

Friday
35:00 of step-ups with 40 lbs., 1,050 vertical feet.

Saturday
Rest day.

Sunday
Felt stronger than last week, and picked up speed towards the end. I felt I could run a few more miles. Took a bit of time to get to an easy breathing rhythm, so I may try starting more slowly and gaining speed as I go along next week.

Training Journal: 3/4/19 – 3/10/19

Ah, this week felt good. Bouldered 3x and my strength is starting to come back. One session was for power-endurance and the body responded well, I was able to focus on each move through the repeats. The long run was surprisingly strong in snowy, drizzly conditions.

View of Boston in the distance, from atop Prospect Hill Park in Waltham.


Monday
42:00 of step-ups with 25 lbs. 1,386 vertical feet.

Tuesday
1.5h bouldering. This was an endurance-focused workout, doing 4x4s on V2s and V3s. Worked on crimps, pinches, slabs.

Wednesday
Rest

Thursday
2h bouldering. Projecting on V6s and V7s with lower grades interspersed. Worked on crimps, small edges, chips for footholds/ balance work, slopers, body tension, etc.

Friday
Went running on a trail that ended up being too icy and snowy. Too much sliding around, so I cut the run short.

Saturday
Morning: Hike in the woods. Casual, some uphill.

Afternoon: 1h bouldering. Went with a friend who wasn’t having a great time so this was a relaxed session. Worked at a V4-V5 range, focusing on crimps and pinches.

Sunday
The GPS was acting funky and incorrectly recorded the distance and speed for the first few miles. This was closer to 8.5 miles and a 9:30 min. pace.

The week before, in Dublin, I was seriously struggling on the 70 min. run. This week the body felt a little slow at the start, but things came together throughout and I finished strong.




Feature photo by the author.

Training Journal: 2/25/19 – 3/3/19

First week that I’ve done two runs in a long time. Two bouldering sessions, my strength is starting to come back. More focus on whole body work.

Entrance to Phoneix Park in Dublin. Photo by the author.


Monday
Morning: Run through Dublin, from Trinity College, along the River Liffey and to Phoenix Park. It’s basically already spring here, t-shirt weather (for running), flowers are blooming. Quite nice.

Didn’t feel great today. Body was lethargic, legs felt heavy. Need to put more time into running to get back into shape.

Evening: 1:40 hours of bouldering at Gravity Climbing Centre. Mostly in the 5a-6b range.

Tuesday
Rest day. Travel from Dublin to Boston.

Wednesday
1:30 hours of bouldering at Central Rock Framingham. V5-V7 range.

Thursday
500 pushups

Friday
Run through Gardener, pre-wedding. Felt much stronger than the last run.

Saturday
Post-wedding rest. 😁

Sunday
Morning: Walk in the woods. Maybe around 5 miles. Very casual.

Evening:
100 pullups
120 squats
1-legged deadlifts: 4×10
200 pushups




Feature photo courtesy of Gravity Climbing Centre