Visualization is key to achieving any goals. A lot of us see ourselves achieving our fitness milestones and we lock the feeling of that achievement in our minds. How many of us can smell our goals though? That’s one thing about my main goal: every time I walk into that crimson, half-finished basement room that I work out in I’m immediately assaulted with the aroma of manila hemp rope. It’s the distinctive odor of my 3” rope that I’ve vowed to climb this year.
I recently put an eye in the rope, this time by seizing it into place. This takes up a lot less usable rope than the splice that I did for the 2” climbing rope that I did a few months ago. I haven’t done anything with the 3” yet. It’s just hanging up in a closet, waiting for the day that I take it’s dare to climb it.
In the meantime, I’ve been pounding away at the pulling exercises. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday are my pulling exercise days, to some degree or another. Mondays and Fridays are reserved for pull-ups, which I really do my best to push the limit on what I can do with pull-ups. The other two days are my rope climbing days, which I try to make a bit easier. On those days, I try to fit several climbs up the 12.5’ rope. On the rainy days (and there have been a few) I do sets of 20-22 wide-grip pull-ups on the towels, usually 3 or 4 sets.
I initially had concerns that I might be pushing the pulling too much but so far everything has gone pretty well. I can feel myself making some big strides. Mondays are 3” close-grip pull-up days. I started out doing only 3-4 sets of 8. Now, I’m moving up to 3-4 sets of 13. Fridays are the weighted thick-towel pull-up days. I started out doing 6 sets of 4. Now, I’m pushing up to 8 sets of 6.
As the weeks go by, that 3” rope is looking less and less daunting. I remember a few years ago that by the time that I got to doing pull-ups in sets of 15 without an issue, I realized that I was ready to do some rope climbing for regular training. When I’m hitting that benchmark on the thick-close grip pull-ups, I think that I’ll hang that rope up and give it a try.
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