Taking a break from training on the bike for a while following Cyclocross season. I’ve been looking for another activity for a change of scene and have ended up going bouldering the past few weeks.
I was wondering if anyone on here does both sports, and if they are in any way complimentary. I figured I’d try and do something to balance out upper body strength a little (while avoiding traditional gym workouts). I’m a complete beginner and I really notice it in upper arms, forearms, fingers, shoulders next day.
Things I like so far: It’s kind of cool to be at the absolute beginner end of a sport (but this can also be pretty frustrating); I love how limited the amount of equipment required is (at this level anyway I basically only need shoes and chalk); good in winter - I can go climb indoors and be warm and dry - no mud / road spray / general grime to clean up afterwards!..Although saying that I have been traveling there by bike.
Anyone have any tips? Have you found climbing helps on the bike in any way (or vice versa)? … Or is it in fact massively detrimental and I should just give up now!?