I got a couple past due bills, I won't get specific I got a problem with spending before I get it -- Kanye This line, from West's All Falls Down, popped into my head as I crested the North side of Rocky Butte for the second time in ten minutes. I'm not sure what caused … Continue reading One More Minute
I had resigned myself to riding alone, which is fine, but I was a little disappointed in my inability to rouse my co-workers enough to get them out for a ride. I shouldn't have been surprised. It was an unseasonably warm and more importantly - dry - day. However those factors often aren't enough to … Continue reading First World Problems
The cold is something to be endured. There is no way around it. You can dress in warmer layers, throw on a pair of tights and still there is nothing left to do but endure. The right clothes make it tolerable, but never fun. Maybe its because I don't currently own a trainer. Maybe its … Continue reading The Cold
15-November-2009 You're all talk right now, you think about what you want to do, you talk about how that's so much better than the common man wants, but you allow yourself to be lower than the common man. Well fucking stop! Its time to step the fuck up, stop putting all of that shit in … Continue reading Sometimes you need a bit of a pep talk.
Last week I picked up Arno Ilgner's "Espresso Lessons", which distills the ideas in his first book, "The Rock Warrior's Way", into the concentrated version he uses to teach his clinics. For those who don't know, The Rock Warrior's Way is a book on mental training for climbers. Pitched together by Ilgner based on ideas … Continue reading Mental Espresso
I wanted to jump on this before yet another person found it and told me to read, only to end the conversation with "That could be you, you never know what can happen". The rant\ heart felt feelings below come via The Climbing Narc. You should read the post, then read Max Zolotukhin post on his accident, then I would suggest reading Jamie Emerson's post on the subject, as always with blogs, be sure to read the comments section. Knowing the content of the above posts and comments is important to understanding the content below.
Over a year and a half ago now I got really into training. I lost about 20 pounds, was fitter than when I was in High School and climbing harder and with more confidence than I ever had. Then last January I nearly sliced my index finger off and along with that went my drive. … Continue reading Goal Setting