You never realize how much adventure, climbing in my case, consumes of your life until you can’t do it. On Monday last week, I tweaked a tendon doing some pull-ups. Since then, I’ve spent more hours trying to figure out what to do with myself than I usually spend climbing. I also demolished a room in my house, raising the ceiling and exposing the 19th century brick … and I’m more sore after doing that than I usually am after a hard day of climbing.
Good things can come out of an injury. Mostly, those things should be lessons learned. I’ve now decided to start training with an expert to help avoid injury and I’ve come to realize just how important climbing is to me. With that in mind, I aim to not repeat the same mistake twice by overtraining. Mistakes happen and we learn from them. But I think in the end, it is best just to avoid them entirely by training smarter.