Last January, as an experiment, I posted my climbing goals for 2012. I wanted to see if making my goals public would provide some extra motivation and help me stay focused. Well, 2012 has come and gone, the dust has settled, and I have to say it may have been my most productive year of climbing ever!
I definitely didn't achieve every goal on the list, but I traveled a ton, sent more stuff, and most importantly, maintained an extremely high level of psyche for training, and climbing all year. I know it's not solely because of the list, but I certainly found myself referencing if throughout the year as a helpful reminder of what I wanted from my climbing in 2012.
Beyond helping one accomplish things, a goal list can also be a helpful tool for analyzing weaknesses and patterns in your climbing. As I stare at my 2012 list, a couple of things pop out. First, I didn't achieve any of my outside sport climbing, trad climbing, or bouldering goals. After being honest with myself, I have to admit that I never really tried because I didn't project much last year. I spent the year happily sampling crags, and ticking things I could do in a couple of tries. Not a waste of time, but this approach definitely didn't help me reach my goals. So in 2013, I plan on being more disciplined and projecting more.
The second thing I noticed was that I accomplished almost every gym goal I set- including the long term ones. This isn't surprising, considering I go to the gym three days a week and consistently put time into projects and training. It's not that the gym is my strength, it's just the only part of my list that I methodically hacked away at.
Obviously, my #1 goal for 2013 is to have fun, but climbing is more fun when you are improving. So here is my attack plan for 2013.
Second Go 13c
Redpoint The 7PM TV Show 14a- my 5 year nemesis.
Climb three 13d's this year- Mordred- 14a
Do a V10- The Infinite 1/26/13
Do a V11
Do a V12
Be able to do V10 in a day.
The Wasp 13a
Overall gym plan is to primarily boulder, but also rope climb once a week.
Onsight 13a 2/21/13
Climb two 13a's back to back
Hangboard with 57.5pounds
2-4-6-8-10 on A with 10
Front lever for 10 seconds- wide arms
Climb 13a and 13b back to back
Hangboard with 60 pounds
2-4-6-8-10 on A with 12.5 pounds
Front lever with 2lbs for 10 seconds- wide arms
20 pullups with 10lbs
Hangboard with 65lbs
Front lever with 5lbs for 10 seconds- wide arms
20 pullups with 20lbs
Win the world cup!
Try to make a destination trip at least once every 3 months. And visit 5 new areas.
Red River Gorge
For fun, I will try to return to this list and highlight the goals I accomplish as the year progresses.