I wish I was being more active this month but I’ve finished the season with a few annoying injuries and I’ve decided to use this time to recover and hopefully heal so I can come back stronger this spring. Taking advantage of the downtime allows me to explore other activities. I actually find spending time doing things completely unrelated to my core activity, stimulating and rejuvenating. Usually after a period like this, my psyche for climbing comes back strong and I think exploring other interests also helps keep climbing fresh.
I know for a fact that spending time in technology and spending time cooking or baking helps me tap into my creative and intellectual side. These other sides of myself need attention or I become unbalanced and when injuries or setbacks happen, I get really depressed because I’ve been overly focused in one area and forgotten that I can do many other things. Similarly, the longer I’m just climbing, or whatever, the more I start itching to express myself or stretch my brain in other ways.
Taking up random things isn’t really my thing. I like to settle into one thing and learn to do it well so I get the most enjoyment from it. I’m too much of a perfectionist to want it any other way. As I intermittently explore other activities, I start to realize how concepts for climbing can be applied and likewise, how doing other things teaches me things I can use in climbing.
You’ve already guessed that baking was my seasonal experiment, which went so well that I don’t want to make or see another apple pie for some time. Meanwhile, I learned how I bake intuitively, which reminded me as a coach to break things down and try to be more conscious about the things I take for granted.
Now that Christmas is over, it’s time to follow up on my rehab and get back in the saddle with training around the injuries. Meanwhile, while I’m limited in my outdoor exercise (due to injury), I’ll be consumed with technology so don’t be surprised if you start hearing more on that. I’m hopeful to be back climbing in full form before the end of January. Wish me luck!
And, if you are in a situation similar to mine, branch out and engage all of yourself in different ways. You’ll feel more fulfilled in the long run and develop yourself beyond climbing.
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