Saturday, March 24, 2007

Training at the Tor Week 1

Chris and I head to the Tor. We have a goal of doing 8 laps on 30 minute intervals. (Thus, if a route takes 10 minutes to climb, you have a 20 minute rest.) The temperature is perfect, probably 72 degrees. We do Power, the Sea, and our first lap (of four) on Shatterhand. Chris is tired early and skips an interval for rest. We proceed to each 1 fall Shatterhand two more times, and I have another 2 fall attempt. I have six laps behind me, Chris five, and we’re very tired. Some of our laps took up to 13 minutes, leaving very little time for rest. We go over to Hell where we each do 2 laps, I redpoint it once. Next up is the newly created “Anchor Punch” (12a) between the Sea and Power. It’s all I can do to get up it twice. Chris does three laps to make up for the lap he missed earlier. Ten laps on the half hour, a far cry from forty on the 15 minute, but it’s a start. Next week’s goal is 12 laps on the half hour, including four laps on Chips and one on Shatterhand. On the drive home Chris declares my birthday challenge a “mahogany challenge”, a term he reserves for only the most difficult tasks. He clearly doesn’t think its possible (by us).

When the Sea Doesn't Want You (12a)