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Training for Nationals: Pipeworks, Ironworks, and Dogpatch - Matt Grossman

 
Training for Nationals: Pipeworks, Ironworks, and Dogpatch - Matt Grossman
Training for Nationals: Pipeworks, Ironworks, and Dogpatch - Matt Grossman
Training for Nationals: Pipeworks, Ironworks, and Dogpatch - Matt Grossman
Training for Nationals: Pipeworks, Ironworks, and Dogpatch - Matt Grossman
Training for Nationals: Pipeworks, Ironworks, and Dogpatch - Matt Grossman
 
February 24, 2014 - 
 

I have been training hard for nationals and am excited to be going off to Colorado in a few days. I have been training for about 12 hours a week. My weekly training is broken up into 3 hour sessions on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and then either Saturday or Sunday.

I am trying to do more boulder problems that my coaches make up so that they have a weird move or are more of a comp style boulder problem. I am also working on my slab climbing to sharpen my skills and am getting better at my pacing and transition from steep to slab.

For the few days that I can get to Dogpatch boulders, an amazing gym in San Francisco, I am working on climbing some of the longer boulder problems. Some of them are so long that they have route ratings. This is important because the boulder problems at nationals are long and will take more endurance than regular ones.

I have been ramping up my training and am really psyched for nationals. In Sacramento, Pipeworks is my home gym so I train there the most. Berkeley Ironworks is a 1 hour 10 min drive and Dogpatch is a 1 hour 30 min drive. Traveling to these gyms can add as much as 3 hours to my training day. It may seem like a lot but I’ve gotten used to it. I sleep on the drive there so that I have more energy for practice and on the way back I eat dinner and do my homework.

Practice is one of the favorite parts of my day. It’s really fun because I have a lot of friends on my team and when they try hard it makes me try hard as well. At our practice we usually get a really good synergy going. One of the best parts of going to multiple gyms is that you always have projects to work. Overall I am really excited for nationals and am ready to crush in Colorado. Good Luck to everybody that is competing at Nationals.

 

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