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Tips on how to take rest days?


Victor K · · Denver, CO · Joined Jul 2003 · Points: 165

If you are simply antsy, long walks, a lap on the second Flatiron, a swim or a long easy bike ride are good rest day activities. But, when I first read your question, it seemed more like a question about your psyche, rather than a simple request for an alternate activity. Climbing, and other strenuous skill sports, have an addictive quality. When you are succeeding on a hard route or boulder problem, if feels like you are succeeding at life. It's really hard to step away. Maybe you need to practice simply being alone with yourself. On Boredom A Google search yields many results.

Tim Stich · · Colorado Springs, Colorado · Joined Jan 2001 · Points: 1,476

This is addictive behavior. Find the equivalent of Antabuse.

Maybe watch hours of extremely boring, unedited GoPro climbing video with lots of discussion of feelings about the moves.

Dylan Pike · · Sandy, UT · Joined Sep 2013 · Points: 35

Video games. Theres a badass new Battlefield game coming out soon.

Tim Watts · · Boulder, CO · Joined Oct 2013 · Points: 30

Edibles   

earl mcalister · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Aug 2010 · Points: 175

My typical rest day: Sleep in as long as possible. Wake up and drink a press of coffee and lay around while you do this as long as possible. Poop. Return and keep drinking coffee if the press isn't empty (hopefully involves some more laying around if there is coffee left). Make a healthy breakfast with real food (I'm a big fan of egg scrambles with veggies, avocados and toast). Socialize if in a group camping situation for a while. Do a full yoga/stretch routine with lots of pushups/reclined dumbell presses (large rocks or 2 quart H2O water bottles work if you don't have dumbells) to oppose pulling muscles. My slow routine takes an hour. READ A BOOK for as long as you feel interested. A good book goes a long way. Drink water to hydrate the entire day. If in a social; situation when everyone else returns from climbing drink beer, talk about the day, tell them about books you read, bitch about trump, etc until it's time to make dinner, pack your bags and talk about tomorrow's plan.

Things not to do: Hike or bicycle if heavy packs and long approaches are the norm (do some if you're sport climbing with short approaches). Be a braggadocios sprayer on social media.

Anna LaSusa · · Boulder, CO · Joined Jun 2018 · Points: 5

This was actually extremely helpful thank you :) 

earl mcalister wrote: My typical rest day: Sleep in as long as possible. Wake up and drink a press of coffee and lay around while you do this as long as possible. Poop. Return and keep drinking coffee if the press isn't empty (hopefully involves some more laying around if there is coffee left). Make a healthy breakfast with real food (I'm a big fan of egg scrambles with veggies, avocados and toast). Socialize if in a group camping situation for a while. Do a full yoga/stretch routine with lots of pushups/reclined dumbell presses (large rocks or 2 quart H2O water bottles work if you don't have dumbells) to oppose pulling muscles. My slow routine takes an hour. READ A BOOK for as long as you feel interested. A good book goes a long way. Drink water to hydrate the entire day. If in a social; situation when everyone else returns from climbing drink beer, talk about the day, tell them about books you read, bitch about trump, etc until it's time to make dinner, pack your bags and talk about tomorrow's plan.

Things not to do: Hike or bicycle if heavy packs and long approaches are the norm (do some if you're sport climbing with short approaches). Be a braggadocios sprayer on social media.


Walter Edly · · Thomasville NC · Joined Apr 2013 · Points: 10

Do anything fun with the people that support you while you're off climbing.  The test is if they're smiling while you are doing it.

C Archibolt · · Salt Lake City, UT · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 871
earl mcalister wrote: My typical rest day: Sleep in as long as possible. Wake up and drink a press of coffee and lay around while you do this as long as possible. Poop. Return and keep drinking coffee if the press isn't empty (hopefully involves some more laying around if there is coffee left). Make a healthy breakfast with real food (I'm a big fan of egg scrambles with veggies, avocados and toast). Socialize if in a group camping situation for a while. Do a full yoga/stretch routine with lots of pushups/reclined dumbell presses (large rocks or 2 quart H2O water bottles work if you don't have dumbells) to oppose pulling muscles. My slow routine takes an hour. READ A BOOK for as long as you feel interested. A good book goes a long way. Drink water to hydrate the entire day. If in a social; situation when everyone else returns from climbing drink beer, talk about the day, tell them about books you read, bitch about trump, etc until it's time to make dinner, pack your bags and talk about tomorrow's plan.

Things not to do: Hike or bicycle if heavy packs and long approaches are the norm (do some if you're sport climbing with short approaches). Be a braggadocios sprayer on social media.

= A day in the Boulder life. 

curt86iroc · · Golden, CO · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 53
C Archibolt wrote:

= A day in the Boulder life. 

hmm not really. there was no mention of a subaru, dog or kombucha :)

Buck Rio · · MN · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 0

My dream life when I just got out of the Army was to move to Boulder and work for NOAA....it never happened, I got a degree in Econometrics by accident instead of mathematics.

But I am a flattop wearing, pickup driving, handgun toting veteran.  I don't have a BMW or Mercedes, so I don't know if I would fit in. I am probably more Boise than Boulder.  

Still love spending an evening after climbing on Pearl Street sampling the craft beer.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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