In Snowdonia, we’re familiar with the petrichor must, rain falls abundantly. Luckily we don’t get those overcast, grey, drizzly fortnights like London, when it rains here it rains proper. It’s usually over and done with fairly quickly and I can be back out climbing almost straight away. For the bad days, here’s a list of non rock climbing (so as to not increase psych for climbing and exacerbate the withdrawal issues) related activities that I have been immersed in today, they could give you some ideas of stuff to do when your day is overwhelmed with floccinaucinihilipilification.
1 – Antagonistic Shoulder muscle exercises and stretching.
For me this basically isn’t fun, but essential. I’m putting a lot of work in my rotator cuffs, catching up on all the work that’s been omitted over the past 10+ years. Rock Climbing, like many other sports, overly strengthens your internal rotation shoulder muscles (pecs, lats, delts), these are all big powerful muscles that grow pretty easily whilst climbing often. The antagonists that battle to counter balance these powerful lumps are relatively small muscles, namely your rotator cuffs: Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Subscapularis, Teres minor. Today’s rain has inspired me to re-read “7 Minute Rotator Cuff Solution” by J Horrigan and J Robinson. A great read not only for the always injured like me, but also for essential injury prevention that climbers need. So I’ll be stretching the internal rotators and strengthening the external ones.
2 – A 3D puzzle.
3 – Write an article using big words.
Like being “filipendulous”, which is very relevant to the rock climbing courses I deliver.
4 – Easy Work.
Do a bit of work on your outdoorsy website, send a few emails and maybe find some potential clients and increase your summer opulence.
5 – Restring and clean guitar?
6 – Bake bread
When I get bored, I get hungry. Being well prepared for days indoors is vital. Some warm bread for chunky sarnies can prevent unfortunate incidents of exophagy.
7 – Surfing in the Rain
8 – StumbleUpon
An amazing website for times of utter and extreme boredom. Head over to http://www.stumbleupon.com enter your interests and click stumble, you’ll be engrossed for quite a while
9 – Ebay for stuff ending in the next 1 minute
A real frugality-fest, just by looking in the climbing category and sort by ‘time ending soonest’, you can grab some absolute bargains. Good luck.
10 – Light a fire and drink tea
Let me know of any interesting rainy day things that you guys and girls get up to, these things run out fairly quickly! And lets hope for a super sunny summer. T