The new climbing season starts in earnest for members of the GB Paraclimbing Team this month. Before they jetted off for Imst in Austria for the first IFSC international competition of the season (July 8-9), we grabbed five minutes with members of the team to talk about the season ahead.
Josh Senior is the newest member of the GB Paraclimbing Team and it is his first season with the team.
How has your training gone over the summer? Did you have any particular training focus for the coming season (e.g. strength, stamina, technique)?
Training has been going great! Definitely feel like I’m making progress. Overall focus has probably been stamina more than anything but there has been lots of power and strength stuff thrown in for good measure. I’d struggle with motivation if every session was endurance based.
What are you hoping to achieve by the end of this para-climbing season?
My hope is to be world champion by the end of the season but as the newest member of the team, and being fairly early in this process, I suspect I might need to re-evaluate my expectations just slightly…. In all seriousness, I’m treating this season as an experience. It’s an opportunity to get out there and see what I can do and more specifically to fully see where the competition standard is and what I need to work on. I want to see considerable leaps in progress between the first comp and the final comp!
Which particular events, climbs or competitions are you looking forward to this season?
I’m really looking forward to Edinburgh as that round is combined with the lead and speed climbing so it should be an epic event.
What is going to be the hardest part of the season?
The first competition in Imst is going to be an interesting one. Not only will I be dealing with first comp nerves, it ended up being at the end of a family holiday so I’m travelling with my family, including my little boys who are one and three-years-old, from Portugal to Austria, via Germany! It’s going to be a massive adventure and I’m excited they’ll be there for my first comp but it ups the stress levels a bit.
What music will you be listening too while warming up or relaxing during competitions?
I might just hit shuffle and let the iPhone decide, although that risks getting a Christmas song blasting into my ears in mid-July!
Do you have any superstitions, rituals or lucky underpants you have to go through before a climbing competition?
Who knows! Ask me at the start of next season and I’ll probably have picked up a few. More than anything I’ll be holding out for some sweet treat post comp! Despite a week’s holiday before the competition I’m on strict instructions to eat perfectly. It’s going to be tough – love a chocolate crepe and cocktail in the sun!
Birchall Blackburn Law is proud to sponsor the GB Paraclimbing Team, which means the team can compete in a number of international competitions this season, including the all-important World Championships.