A couple of weeks ago, I pulled a muscle in my back.
Nothing serious, but it meant that whenever I did something innocuous, like picking up a spoon, I’d feel like I was being stabbed, then a wave of pain would shoot through my back.
Funny, because I could do something like crack out a crazy upside-down pole move and it’d be fine.
But picking up a spoon? Like armageddon in my back muscles.
Anyway, I took it easy for a couple of weeks, so last night was the first time I had climbed in two weeks. More than two weeks, actually, I think.
The odd twinge kept popping up (damn spoons) so I was a litle apprehensive…
But it was cool.
The overhanging lead wall stuff was harder than before, but that’s to be expected. And my arms got tired fast. But overall, it was okay.
Until I climbed a new route…
And climbed it like a drunken sloth.
(That means I climbed it really, really badly)
What to do?
Y’see, when I know a route, I can climb it well; even aesthetically pleasingly, with good technique. But when I’m learning a new route, my technique seems to desert me.
The answer? Get some tuition.
Because there’s a lot to be said for practice practice practice – in fact, that’s the only way you’re ever going to get good at anything – but when you hit a bit of a plateau like this, the fastest way to improve is to have some expert lessons.
So that’s what I’m going to do.
There’s a girl who works at the wall – a friend’s daughter, in fact – who’s amazing. She has sponsorship and competes in climbing contests, and is very helpful and generous with her advice when you’re climbing.
Next time I’m there, I’m going to see if she’d be willing to do some private lessons with me.
I’m quite excited about it.
Sometimes you just need a little direction. Some pushing in the right direction. To be shown the right techniques.
I can’t help with your climbing (unless you’re local) – but I can help you grow your business.
With all the stuff I’ve used, tested, and learned.
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Vicky Fraser is a copywriter, author, and entrepreneur. She really did run away with the circus… but when she’s not swinging from a trapeze, she’s showing other copywriters and small business owners how to work with better clients, make more money, and stop missing bathtimes, first words, and dinners with angry partners. In fact, she wrote the book on it. Get your copy here.