Mike Anderson, writing on his blog after climbing his first 5.14c, Daniel Woods’ Mission Impossible in Clear Creek Canyon, CO, at the age of 37:
Even as I write this a couple days later, it’s hard for me to put into perspective. I started climbing in the early 90’s when 5.14c was the end of the rating scale. It didn’t exist in the US until 1992. The fact that I’ve worked my way to that grade is surreal. What’s curious is that I’m not surprised to have done the route. As soon as I started working on it, I felt that I was up to the challenge. Whether deliberate or not, I had been training for this route for a decade, and now I believed I would do it, in time.
You can see a nice video of Mike on the route here.
Mike, along with twin brother Mark, is the author of a training book called The Rock Climber’s Training Manual. If I were better at actually following a workout plan I would do a more in depth review of it, but I can tell from loosely following the workouts that there is some good information to be had. Also, the authors religiously follow the plan and they both crush despite having considerable grown-up obligations outside of climbing. If you are interested in improving how you train for climbing this book is well worth checking out.