Their is a running joke between my friend Tyler an myself that we can only have two hobbies if we want to be any good at them. We have both feel we have just enough time to dedicate a sufficient amount of time to each. If we introduced a third there would not be enough time to do the necessary work to continue improving. He is an avid runner and disc golfer so since he already has his two hobbies he uses them as his reason why he doesn’t want to start climbing or any other pursuits. Similarly I have climbing and disc golf so I use that as a reason not to run.
As I thought about having multiple pursuits I’d started noticed some lessons I’d learned in working on one sport that I could translate to the other. So I asked Tyler if he had any similar experiences, which he did. Meanwhile I similarly stumbled upon an episode of The Training Beta Podcast with Charlie Manganiello, talking about training for multiple sports. Charlie is runner, climber and skier, and developed his own personal plan to maximize all three of his pursuits. He said you can be really good at all of them but you will be sacrificing something for the others.
I think Charlie does have some merit in his point. I’ve tried to follow the Anderson brothers training plan for climbing and because of its very regimented schedule it is hard to follow if there are days on your calendar that will not bend to the weight of your training schedule of one day on two days off (the worst part is it means the days of the week keep changing). So while you may not be able to optimize your time in training, I still feel there are lessons to be learned in other pursuits that bring benefit. So here are some of Tyler and I’s lessons that we have moved taken from one sport to another.
Running to Disc Golf
-How to train: Learning to build a plan, stick to a dedicated plan, ramping up and tapering off before a big event. Learning how to work on specific things because practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.
-How to plan and prepare for an event: Running in a lot of events help you know what to expect and what you need going in to a disc golf round. Also helps you see a level of organization getting a couple hundred people to understand the course and procedures for an event in a short time.
Disc Golf to Running
-How to have fun: Its easy to get to focused on performance in a race, some times you need to enjoy the moment and remember to have fun with it.
-Focus on your own game: People are going to run and play at a different pace than you, all you can do is focus on your plan and your pace and stick too it. If you get caught up in playing other peoples game it can throw you off.
Climbing to Disc Gof
–Attention the positive spaces: In disc golf its easy to focus on the trees and obstacles that are in the way this I call the negative space. In climbing there is a lot of the wall with no holds but you only need to find the one spot in reach to grab. Your attention should focus more on the hold not on the blank areas. In disc golf your focus should be on the gaps you have not the one tree in the way.
-Be prepared: You never know what you are going to run into in the mountains. The weather changes, routes take longer than you expect so always be prepared. Make sure you have every thing you need or may need if the situation comes to it. For disc golf this may mean carrying a rain jacket, extra gummy bears, or making sure you have a good forehand in your arsenal of shots.
-How to play blind: In climbing doing a route you have never seen before or seen anyone do before is hard you have to figure out the moves in that moment. Similarly playing a new course blind in a tournament has a similar challenge. In these times climbing has taught me its not always the most obvious line that you should take. Knowing what you can do, and keeping your eyes open to the options that are available is always going to be helpful
Disc Golf to Climbing
-Failure happens: No one wins every tournament that they play. We all have off days and that is OK. Not every day is going to be a send day. Some days you are just out there learning some subtleties of your game, the rock, the course, and that should still be counted as progress.
-Repetition: Disc golf training is a lot of repetition. Working on the same shot the same putt. Similarly in climbing you are going to need to work on the same move a few times to get it. Keep trying it, once you get it keep working on it till you have that move dialed in.
These are just a few examples that we have, there are a lot more that we have learned and shared with each other. I’m sure other sports offer just as many lessons to all of your other pursuits. So while two sports may require a time sacrifice in your other ones. Multiple sports still has a benefit in translatable skills and lessons.
Tyler Schrock Disc Golfer https://www.facebook.com/SchrockDG/
Tyler’s Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEXyG0e69ps0NlPBfGY_HGg