I just wanted to say thank you to anyone who has or continues to visit my blog.

I am not the most fluent with my writing and I just try to share photos and moments that my family and I have had recently.

It’s fun to look back to see what we have been up to and I look forward to seeing what adventures lie ahead.

Cheers to a safe and exciting 2015!

piz : )

I have been kinda busy lately…

This school year is flying by and between my obligations as a teacher and parent and climber and coach I have not felt like I have had a moment to sit still. In a way I love it that way and in a way I feel like I still come up short with accomplishing some of my goals.

For example, I have had a hole in my bathroom ceiling since July that is only partially fixed, I need to insulate my duct work under the house for winter, I need to get some more yard worh done and the list goes on.

What is the point of my ramble? It is easy to set goals and much more difficult to follow through with them. Make sure your climbing goals can be followed through all the way otherwise you will not see the gains and make the accomplishments that you have been planning on.

I have decided that house work can wait : )



Every Thursday I get to…

pick up my son from his preschool and clean the toilets.

It is a system where the parents take part of the school community and clean floors, do dishes, weed the garden and just help take care of the place. My wife signed me up for the bathroom detail. Since I took care of biuldings while in high school and college, I didn’t mind cleaning up after the 3-6 year olds in the potty.

Here are a couple of shots of my sons school!IMG_2002 IMG_2030 IMG_2031 IMG_2032 IMG_2033 IMG_2001

Where Does Your Motivation Come From? Some Rambling Thoughts.

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As promised I will chat a bit about motivation. I think that there are two kinds of motivation

  1. Internal
  2. External

As a climber who wants to continue moving forward and challenging myself I have to look at my motivation every once in a while.

I have always wanted to accomplish things/climbs in my life for me. I think that would place me on the internally motivated level. I never try a climb because I am looking for gratification or praise from someone else, rather I try because I am interested in seeing what it is like and whether or not I can complete it.
Sometimes that internal motivation can rise and fall due to life though. Let’s say that you have many other obligations and duties and that you have not been able to keep up with your desired fitness level. Then your internal motivation may ebb and flow with your fitness. I see that happen regularly with me. As life’s obligations keep every minute of life filled, I feel that each second must have a reason in order to get it all done!

I have not tried a “hard” route for myself in years. When I say that it is because I understand the commitment level that it takes to complete one in a reasonable amount of time. I look for routes just under my limit because they are easier to achieve in just a few attempts instead of 50 and perfect conditions. So I would say that my motivation is for regular success rather than for the “big one”.
This Fall will be the same, but I feel like I will be able to seek out the big one soon!.

Some folks believe that because that I am sponsored by climbing companies that I am under some requirement. In a way I am. I need to represent each brand in the best possible way and help buyers understand the product so that they purchase the right tool for the job. I am always motivated to do that, its in my blood as a teacher. When it comes to some climbing achievement or photo, that stuff is just icing on the cake.

I am normally most motivated by a route and the journey towards the send. I am especially motivated for first ascents. There is something about figuring out and creating a timeless route that can’t be duplicated. I really enjoy the process.

As far as those who are externally motivated, I have seen them thrive and succeed, but most of the time they burn out or quit. I think that the passion must come internally in order to pursue an activity for a lifetime.

How are you motivated?




Can’t Find the Time!

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piz : )

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Since I left for Italy this summer, I have been on a whirlwind of trips, work, family adventures and climbs!
My two children keep me busy until the point of passing out these days and getting to my blog which has been easy in the past has not been as easy.

I finally started training again and am three weeks into circuits and my Treadwall program.
What does that look like in my life?
It started out at 8pm every night except friday, but now has settled into two a days.
I begin at 5am and circuit and then at 8pm that night I Treadwall.
That allows me to have more freedom the other nights of the week and to get the volume and fatigue level that I am striving for in addition to the amount of rest that I need to perform and progress.

Combine that with my kids are still not sleeping through the night I am often (mostly) sleep deprived.

So my point is that you can figure out how to fit it in if you are motivated. See the next post to read my thoughts about Motivation.

piz : )

It’s Not Getting Any Easier

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I am into my 20th year of calling myself a climber. Other than playing ice hockey, I have not participated at an obsessed level in anything this long. I stopped playing hockey when I was 24 years old and realized that it wasn’t as fun as it used to be. I enjoyed the physical contact and the intensity that competition brings out in folks. But at 24, I started feeling the wear and tear of the games and my body beginning to tell me that I wasn’t a kid anymore.

Now I am at the same crossroad’s with climbing, except that I understand how to continue climbing long into my future. I am not at competition with the team down the road, nor do I have to take on routes that will hurt me, I know what I love to climb on and the adventures that I can seek out and it is a great feeling. Knowing that my passion for the outdoors and for trying hard will never go allows me to always set goals and go for them.

I will say that staying in shape and reaching my personal climbing potential has not gotten easier over the years. Even though I am confident in my fitness evaluation and planning ability, having the time and energy to follow through is difficult. I thought that as my kids grew older and became more independent that making time for training would be easier, but it still ends up being before work at 5 am in the morning or after they go to bed from 8pm till whenever. Even with my Treadwall, I still have to train on it at odd hours! Additionally, every time that I take a break from training it feels like coming back to work after a long vacation! And we all know how that feels : )

I guess that my point is that if you want to reach your personal goals that it will always be tough. It will always mean sacrifice and you will always need a support system. Climbing or doing anything needs to be for the right reasons, as long as you have that perspective it will be a part of your life for a long time!

Just the other day I actually got my three year old to wear his climbing harness. The initial sell of it was not successful this past winter, but yesterday I was able to get him to wear it and have a good time. My future climbing plans involving making sure that my kids are exposed to it while the focus is being outside and enjoying nature. If they like climbing then great and if not they will at least have tried it out.

Check out the link of my son getting used to hanging in a harness!