I had a new personal best for Grouse Grind today: 53 minutes 45 seconds. After seeing Rachel, Padraig and Chris’ performance at yesterday’s climb, I was dreading. My time was getting worse: 57:50 and it’s almost 1 minute slower than the previous climb.
This morning I did some serious thinking and determined to improve my time at my next climb. After some online reading, I discovered that I had made a few rookie mistakes at yesterday’s climb, for example, I wore a pair of very heavy hiking boots. According to the advice given by the most experienced climbers, carrying any unnecessary weight is not recommended , sometimes even a water bottle should be avoided when climbing the Grind. If you can well hydrate yourself before and after the climb, you should be fine without a water bottle with you while climbing.
I came up with some strategies for today’s climbing. If I can’t beat them with my fitness, I should try to beat them with my strategy .
Here are my strategies:
- hydrate myself during the day
I built the hydration chair (see previous post). While I was working, I drank the water over my shoulder throughout the day, very practical and efficient!
- wear light shoes
I dumped my heavy boots and put on very light trail shoes
- carry less weight
I left the camelback in the car and even left my cell phone behind
- look ahead of my path
I looked up 5-10 steps away and chose direct/short path every step even this means a steeper climb.
By following these strategies, I cut 3 minutes off my time. Not bad at all!