Cross Training

As I develop as an athlete (several years ago to think of myself as such would have caused me great amusement) I feel some formal definition of my sport participation and training should be made.

Many outdoors athletes I know do not have this dilemma. Simon and Ro are boulderers. Steve is a canyoner. Dod’s is a skier (for now). This isn’t to say that these guys are limited to these sports, but rather to notice that they have a chosen path. For me the choice of sports isn’t quite as simple. In order to illustrate I have listed in a preliminary order the sports I participate in.

  • Whitewater Kayaking
  • Climbing
  • Split boarding
  • Caving

Now here is a list of every other activity i’ve participated in for cross training, fun or to try out in the last year.

  • Canyoning
  • Parkour
  • Free Weights
  • Target Shooting (Pistol, Lever Action rifle, Shotgun, mostly for speed)
  • Gymnatsics (Mostly Rings)
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming (with and without fins, ocean and pool)
  • Underwater Rugby
  • Mountain Boarding
  • Slacklining
  • Road Skiing

Background Sports

  • Fencing
  • Western Martial Arts
  • Karate
  • Hiking/Trekking
  • Orienteering

When you take a look at the whole list, you have to ask yourself “Who the hell am I training to be? Batman?”

Go ahead, make a list. Keep a tally of how many days you spend do each activity or how many hours. Think honestly about what is for fun and what is progression (think honestly what progession even is too). Decide on goals. Make measurements. Examine Results. Apply new a strategy.


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