New to this forum so please forgive if this isn't the appropriate place for an intro?
I have been climbing for around 4 years, and made the switch to vegan about 6 weeks ago. Live in the UK - London - which is notoriously flat, so I mostly climb indoors during the week and then try to get outside every weekend/holiday when the weather is good. Loving that european limestone at the moment.
The actual switch to veganism has been surprisingly easy, I've surprised myself by going cold turkey. I've had a few vegan friends for a bit so am used to making vegan food, plus I love new food and experimenting in the kitchen, so I'm loving the vegan food experience. The hardest bit has been milk in coffee and cheese, but I have got the hang of soy lattes now and have just worked out how to make vegan cheese-type sauce, so I reckon I can deal.
I'm fairly obsessed with my climbing, not aiming to break any records or anything, just be the best I can. I don't know when it happened but I was starting to feel like eating animals and animal products was ethically and environmentally unjustifiable, so I guess I am going to be looking at an additional challenge of trying to train and climb hard (well, for me)
as a vegan. I've been going through some sports nutrition stuff and it's all a bit daunting so great to see there are like minded folk out there.
I mostly sport climb, some trad and some bouldering, but sport is my focus. I have just climbed F7b+ (say 5.12c?) as a omnivore so my challenge to myself is to get to 7c (12d) as a vegan.
How do you all feel your body deals with training as a vegan? Anyone else gone vegan and noticed a change in level? (positive, negative, or even staying the same?)