New Year's Resolutions

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Mon, 01/02/2017

It's the time of year when the turn of the calendar means some of us are going to resolve to do more of this, less of that and generally try to be a better person. For the obsessive climber in each of us, this means setting goals to climb hard train more, eat better and finally get serious about becoming the climber we want to be.

Resolutions are a nice thought but how many of us actually stick to them? As an example, name your resolutions for each of the last five years. Yeah, I thought so. My personal problem with them is that pressure of that sort doesn't work for me. In fact, it feels too much like work, especially in the context of something we all love to do. My personal goals for 2016 were not met and in fact, I had a worse year than the previous two despite coming off my best year yet as a climber. Injuries are to blame in part but mostly, I wasn't motivated and as it became clear that my number grade based goals weren't happening, I grew despondent. My response was to give up on it mentally and as a result, climbing was no longer enjoyable. 

This year, I'm taking a different approach. It's the "have fun climbing" resolution. My vow is to get out there, climb well, stay healthy and enjoy the sport with my friends. I also want to train more (not hard to do, since practically any would be more than what I do now) but I'm not going to start putting demands on myself to do so. The only result I got from that in the past was disappointment and nagging injuries. 

Climbing is a big deal in my life and I'm sure it is for many of you as well. As a result, I need it to be an enjoyable thing. This year, I resolve to make climbing great again by learning to enjoy it all over. Happy new year to you and may your days on the rock be fun first, successful secondarily!