Climbing after a Hiatus
This is a tough article to write. As the founder of a website called “Rock Climbing Women” I have been feeling a little like i’ve been living a lie. Why? I have hardly climbed in over a year.
It’s a little embarrassing to admit. I was on a super climbing high last summer at this exact same time, when I suffered from debilitating tendonitis in my right elbow. I decided to take a little break. A little injury turned into something that lasted well over a year. I was extra cautious about the elbow because I’m a photographer and use that right elbow extensively to do my work, so I wouldn’t even consider risking it.
Well, over time I started to pursue some of my previous favorite activities. I completed my second half ironman this past June and was determined to get my climbing head game back on while on our summer trip again. Despite my best intentions, I just couldn’t quite get into climbing this time around.
Was it the fear of getting hurt again? Was it the extra weight I have put on? Was it that my climbing partners are seriously crushing way beyond me now? I think it’s a little bit of all those time.
I personally have always envied those that find climbing to be their end-all-be-all. While I love that I have other interests and hobbies my diverse interests also prevent me from really getting better at any one thing. I not only see this in my athletic life, but I see it in my business as well. I think this is an area I need to embrace but, if I am being real, it’s also something I really struggle with.
I am determined to get after it again as my collaborating partner with RCW, Sue is pursuing a climbing competition in Las Vegas. It would be fun to really feel good about climbing again.
So, how do you get back after it after a hiatus? How do you find the motivation when starting from ground zero?
I’d love your advice!
Founder, Rock Climbing Women
McKenzi Taylor founded Rock Climbing Women in 2013 after moving to a new city as a new climber and looking for more climbing partners.
“I got my first taste of climbing with a friend in Spearfish Canyon, SD…5 years later got a consistent partner and have been climbing ever since, even going so far as to move to a climbing destination – Red Rock Canyon! I started out all trad, all the way – with trad there is always an adventure to be had! But long moderate routes weren’t always a realistic option depending on schedules and partners, so I’ve become a lot more open to sport climbing and bouldering as well. I now spend time just getting out when I can, no matter what style of climbing it is!”