Sorry, I forgot to say thanks for the advice on this! I will try a combination of both of these approaches-footbeds and some touring gear.
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Well, I do feel strongly that runout climbing and big alpine routes require different mental skills. I’ve read RWW and while I think it offers some useful ideas for navigating hard runout leads, I find a different skill set is needed for long alpine climbs. Where the decisions made on lead are relatively short term, longer alpine climbs seem to me to require very strategic thinking and discipline. I’m afraid I can’t offer much more in explaining that, but would say that I feel I’ve gained a lot from reading Steve and Scott’s book, as well as earlier writings from Mark Twight.nathanols on January 5, 2017 at 10:53 am · in reply to: Overtraining is in sight….what to do now? #3843
Hi, reading through the posts I find I don’t have a lot to add. I’ve encountered overtraining before, most significantly in my training cycle last year. Partway through the base period-around week 5 or 6 I went on a trip. I figured my fitness was up to what we were doing, but in retrospect I had a partner who was “going for broke”-and I was actually trying to continue training the week after. Anyhow I ended up climbing four very full days straight-more at the level of output I would want in the Performance phase. I probably did about 10 days of recovery workouts before I was truly recovered. I’ve since adopted some rules-like not committing to trips longer than one or two days, it seems like even if I overexert the effects aren’t so serious that I derail weeks of training. I also really advocate the suggestions around consuming sports drinks during long workouts mentioned in TFTNA-I find the nutrition piece is a big support for my performance and recover.