Friday, July 29, 2011

The Dawn Patrol

It's been almost 2 months since I blogged. Shoddy, but I've had little to report but injuries. Fingers, knuckles, palms and most recently bloody knees. The knee has been particularly frustrating as I think it's a small tear on the cartilage in the same knee as my 2 previous key hole operations. I think I've got to the point where I'm going to have to give up running, or at least to the extent that I want to. I'd set my heart on a marathon next year and was thinking I was cautiously laying a good foundation of training this summer before ratcheting up the volume for this winter. It seems however cautious I am my body can't cope with even relatively modest running training.
So rather than sulking I'm hoping to convert that routine I'd got into of training 5 or 6 times a week for running into training for climbing. As well as rejoining the gym and embarking on a 'cyclists rehab' - not very good for Malham cranking but I hope it will be a stepping stone for proper mountain training in 6 weeks or so. The biggest struggle for me with climbing at the moment is time, so I've started the Dawn Patrol - early morning bouldering sessions, Leave the house at 6am ish and back by 8. I've even managed to recruit another keenie - Adge Last, a much better climber than me but also battling injuries - so a handy partner to whinge about my aches and pains.
I'm a real contender for the most inept boulderer in Sheffield, but despite the struggles it's a great feeling to head back for the 'start' of the day at 8 in the morning, with that gritstone glow in your fingertips setting you up nicely for the busy office/nappy changing hours ahead.


Ben Sharp said...

I can sympathise with feeling like your body starts to break at the slightest provocation, especially the knee pain.
Been 10 months since I knacked my knee and after finally seeing a good physio and hours and hours of early morning exercises and stretches I'm already starting to see some improvement!
So I'll see you at 6am for the rehab club then!

Ian Parnell said...

Funnily enough I'm doing a rehab programme at the gym with super low weights but this morning I even had to abandon that as it seemed it might be doing more damage than good - still it gave me the excuse as a climber to do some lat pulls. Good luck with the continued recovery.